Streamflows and channels of the Green River basin, Wyoming

Water-Resources Investigations Report 81-71



Width, depth, cross-sectional area, and velocity of streamflow were depicted for 51 gaged sites in or near the Green River basin of Wyoming by summarizing data obtained from current-meter discharge measurements. Using these at-a-station relations as a base, regional relations were then developed that characterize hydraulic features of streams throughout the study area. Channel size is an indication of flow magnitude. High flows affect channel formation, and the annual peak-flow array is a representation of these flows. The geometric mean of this array is a viable statistical index of channel-forming flows because it represents the relative magnitude of high flows at a site. Bankfull discharge is a physical index of flows dominating channel formation. The magnitude of the geometric mean approximately equates to bankfull discharge, on the average. Relations depicting hydraulic characteristics of a discharge equal to the geometric mean of annual peak flows may, therefore, be considered to be generally representative of channel conditions existing during bankfull discharge. The relations have application for predicting channel response to developments that would alter streamflow. (USGS)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Streamflows and channels of the Green River basin, Wyoming
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 81-71
DOI 10.3133/wri8171
Edition -
Year Published 1982
Language ENGLISH
Description vii, 73 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.