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Traveltime and reaeration characteristics for a reach of the Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 1991

Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4071

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Abstract

Traveltime characteristics were determined using stream-velocity data and tracer-dye data for a reach of the Rio Grande. Traveltimes determined by the stream-velocity method were virtually the same as those determined by the tracer-dye and tracer-gas technique. The mean velocity of the stream was 1.12 miles per hour at a flow of about 300 cubic feet per second. Reaeration characteristics were determined using a propane tracer gas and a tracer-dye (rhodamine WT). Reaeration coefficients were adjusted for water temperature and the effects of wind movement on the water surface. The peak method-adjusted reaeration-coefficient mean value for the reach was 7.0 per day and ranged from 4.6 to 8.3 per day. The area method-adjusted reaeration- coefficient mean value for the reach was 7.7 per day and ranged from 5.5 to 10.4 per day.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Traveltime and reaeration characteristics for a reach of the Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 1991
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
94-4071
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1994
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, [Water Resources Division, New Mexico District] ; Can be purchased from U.S. Geological Survey, Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section,
Description:
iv, 19 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.