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Selected hydrologic relationships for Soldier Creek, northeastern Kansas

Water-Resources Investigations Report 81-8

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Abstract

Hydrologic data from Soldier Creek basin were compared with relations from statewide data. The quantity and quality of streamflow were affected mostly by soils, slopes, and land use. Average annual precipitation during the study (196476) was 35.12 inches, or 2.3 percent greater than the long-term (1929-76) average. The average streamflow in Soldier Creek at Topeka, Kansas, was 23 percent greater than the long-term average.

In general, frequency curves of annual peak discharges compared poorly with curves from statewide relations due to the absence of extremely low peaks during the short period. A comparison of low-flow frequency for drainage areas of more than 100 square miles indicated that reasonable results will not be obtained for estimates of 7-day and 30-day average annual minimum discharges by linear extrapolation to basins of less than 100 square miles. Comparison of flow-duration curves confirms the extrapolation for basins of less than 100 square miles, although the percentage duration of mean flow is variable.

Water surveys showed that calcium, bicarbonate, and sulfate were the predominant ions and dissolved solids were derived mostly from limestones and shales. Suspended sediment at gaged sites ranged from 9.94 to 848 tons per day; yield per unit area increased significantly between sites due to changes in hillside slopes and land use.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Selected hydrologic relationships for Soldier Creek, northeastern Kansas
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
81-8
Year Published:
1981
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Kansas Water Science Center
Description:
68 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Kansas
Other Geospatial:
Soldier Creek