Dye-Tracing Plan for Verifying the Kansas River Time-of-Travel Model

Open-File Report 2020-1039
Prepared in cooperation with the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, The Nature Conservancy, City of Topeka, Johnson County WaterOne, City of Manhattan, and City of Olathe
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The Kansas River provides drinking water for multiple cities in northeastern Kansas and is used for recreational purposes. Thus, improving the scientific knowledge of streamflow velocities and traveltimes will greatly aid in water-treatment plans and response to critical events and threats to water supplies. Dye-tracer studies are usually done to enhance knowledge of transport characteristics, which include streamflow velocities, traveltimes, and dispersion rates, within a river system. To achieve this in the Kansas River, rhodamine water-tracing dye is planned to be injected into the Kansas River during three different flow ranges at three locations: Manhattan, Topeka, and Eudora. The primary purpose of doing a dye-tracer study in the Kansas River is to calibrate a time-of-travel model used for estimating streamflow velocities and traveltimes, which can be used by the public as well as drinking water suppliers to protect water resources and public-water supplies.

Suggested Citation

Davis, C.A., Lukasz, B.S., and May, M.R., 2020, Dye-tracing plan for verifying the Kansas River time-of-travel model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1039, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201039.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Summary
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Communication Plan
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Dye-tracing plan for verifying the Kansas River time-of-travel model
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2020-1039
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201039
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Kansas Water Science Center
Description iv, 10 p.
Country United States
State Kansas
Other Geospatial Kansas River
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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