Hydrologic data for urban studies in the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area, 1979

Open-File Report 82-164
Prepared in cooperation with the City of Houston
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Hydrologic investigations of urban watersheds in Texas were begun by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1954. Studies are now in progress in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the city of Houston, began studies in the Houston metropolitan area in 1964. The program was expanded in 1968 to include collection of water-quality data. The objectives of the Houston urban-hydrology study are as follows:

  1. To determine, on the basis of historical data and hydro!ogic analyses, the magnitude and frequency of flood peaks and flood volumes.
  2. To determine the effect of urban development on flood peaks and volumes.
  3. To ascertain the variation in water quality for different flow conditions and different seasons.

This report, the sixteenth in a series of reports to be published annually, is primarily applicable to objective 2. The report presents hydro!ogic data collected in the Houston urban area for the 1979 water year (October 1, 1978 to September 30, 1979).

A report by Johnson and Sayre (1973) utilized records collected from 1965 to 1969 to make a study of the effects of urbanization on floods in the Houston area. The report also summarizes various basin parameters. A report by Waddell, Massey, and Jennings (1979) presents data on computed runoff from the Houston area and computed concentrations and loads of selected waterquality constituents combined in the inflow to Galveston Bay. The study utilized a variation of the "STORM" model developed by the Hydro!ogic Engineering Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A report prepared by Li scum and Massey (1980) presents a technique for estimating the magnitude and frequency of floods in the Houston area from drainage areas, bank-full conveyance, and percentage of urban development.

A definition of terms related to streamflow, water quality, and other hydrologic data, as used in this report, are defined in "U.S. Geological Survey, Water-resources data for Texas, volume 2, 1979."

To facilitate the publication and distribution of this report at the earliest feasible time, some material has been included that does not conform to the formal publications standards of the U.S. Geological Survey.


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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Hydrologic data for urban studies in the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area, 1979
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 82-164
DOI 10.3133/ofr82164
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Texas Water Science Center
Description 308 p.
Country United States
State Texas
City Houston
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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