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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Proceedings of the International Conference on Hydropower - Waterpower|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Hydropower. Part 1 (of 3) - Atlanta, GA, USA|
Duration: Aug 5 1997 → Aug 8 1997