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Potential incremental seepage losses in an alluvial channel in the Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4268

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Abstract

A two-dimensional, digital, cross-sectional model was used to simulate seepage of water from an alluvial channel, which had the general characteristic of the Rio Grande channel, into the underlying alluvium within the reach from Cochiti Dam to Elephant Butte Reservoir. Seepage rates were determined for losing and gaining reaches, and reaches affected by pumping of ground water. The seepage rates were computed for stream surcharges (height of additional water applied on top of base flow) ranging from 0.5 foot to 3 feet and for application periods ranging from 1 to 100 days. The net seepage rates, which were nearly identical for each type of reach, ranged from 0.0 cubic foot per second per mile of channel length for a 0.5 foot surcharge applied for 1 day to 0.37 cubic foot per second per mile of channel length for a 3 feet surcharge applied for 100 days, followed by a 180 day seepage return flow from the aquifer. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Potential incremental seepage losses in an alluvial channel in the Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
84-4268
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1985
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
v, 22 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.