Methods for estimating annual exceedance-probability streamflows for streams in Kansas based on data through water year 2015

Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5063
Prepared in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Transportation and Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Abstract

A study was done by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop regression models to estimate peak streamflows of annual exceedance probabilities of 50, 20, 10, 4, 2, 1, 0.5, and 0.2 percent at ungaged locations in Kansas. Peak streamflow frequency statistics from selected streamgages were related to contributing drainage area and average precipitation using generalized least-squares regression analysis. The peak streamflow statistics were derived from 151 streamgages with at least 25 years of streamflow data through 2015. The developed equations can be used to predict peak streamflow magnitude and frequency within two hydrologic regions that were defined based on the effects of irrigation. The equations developed in this report are applicable to streams in Kansas that are not substantially affected by regulation, surface-water diversions, or urbanization. The equations are intended for use for streams with contributing drainage areas ranging from 0.17 to 14,901 square miles in the nonirrigation effects region and, 1.02 to 3,555 square miles in the irrigation-affected region, corresponding to the range of drainage areas of the streamgages used in the development of the regional equations.

Suggested Citation

Painter, C.C., Heimann, D.C., and Lanning-Rush, J.L., 2017, Methods for estimating annual exceedance-probability streamflows for streams in Kansas based on data through water year 2015 (ver. 1.1, September 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5063, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175063.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Streamgage Selection and Data Analyses
  • Regression Models to Predict the Magnitude and Frequency of Peak Flows at Ungaged Sites
  • Summary
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Methods for estimating annual exceedance-probability streamflows for streams in Kansas based on data through water year 2015
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2017-5063
DOI 10.3133/sir20175063
Edition Version 1.0: Originally posted August 14, 2017; Version 1.1: September 18, 2017
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Kansas Water Science Center
Description Report: vi, 20 p.; 4 Tables
Country United States
State Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y