Impacts of in-stream flow requirements upon water temperature in the central Platte River

Bashat A. Sinokrot, John S. Gulliver, Ruochuan Gu

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The central Platte River experiences high water temperatures during many sunny, hot summer days. This paper investigates whether instituting a minimum streamflow for the river can mitigate the higher water temperatures. A 150-km reach of the central Platte River downstream of two hydropower dams (Kingsley Dam and North Platte/Keystone Diversion Dan), which serves as a habitat for eight federally listed threatened or endangered species, as well as over 300 species of migratory birds, including 500,000 sandhill cranes and 7-9 million ducks and geese was selected for the study. A dynamic water temperature, model, MNSTREM, was used to simulate hourly water temperatures in the central Platte River with and without in-stream flow requirements. It is found that the occurrence of high water temperatures can be reduced but not eliminated with minimum in-stream flow requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Hydropower - Waterpower
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Hydropower. Part 1 (of 3) - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: Aug 5 1997Aug 8 1997


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