Event Title

Flow on the Bear River over the Past Four Years

Location

USU Eccles Conference Center

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu

Start Date

4-5-2016 5:15 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 5:18 PM

Description

Managing the Bear River’s flow has allowed water users to get the most out of the available water. The goal of this research is to gain an understanding of how flow on the Bear River has changed over time and how flow changes throughout the course of the year on the Bear River. We collected and processed water pressure data at three Cache Valley sites south of the Idaho-Utah border in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Through the use of HOBO transducers (collecting data every thirty minutes), we have been able to measure water pressure data of the Bear River year round and calculate flow based on those levels and baseline measurements taken by an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. By using data and flow calculations from four years of monitoring we have generated a model to relate water pressure to flow for each site individually. Through this process, we have created a time series of flow rates at those sites along the Bear River. We used the flow rates to determine the relative locations of where water is being added to, or taken from, the Bear River, and how those amounts vary through time. Understanding how much water is available from the Bear River is important for users to know so they can better manage their use. Information generated by this research can help to paint a clearer picture of when and where water is available on the Bear River.

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A poster by Todd Keniry, who is with Bear River Fellows Program, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Apr 5th, 5:15 PM Apr 5th, 5:18 PM

Flow on the Bear River over the Past Four Years

USU Eccles Conference Center

Managing the Bear River’s flow has allowed water users to get the most out of the available water. The goal of this research is to gain an understanding of how flow on the Bear River has changed over time and how flow changes throughout the course of the year on the Bear River. We collected and processed water pressure data at three Cache Valley sites south of the Idaho-Utah border in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Through the use of HOBO transducers (collecting data every thirty minutes), we have been able to measure water pressure data of the Bear River year round and calculate flow based on those levels and baseline measurements taken by an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. By using data and flow calculations from four years of monitoring we have generated a model to relate water pressure to flow for each site individually. Through this process, we have created a time series of flow rates at those sites along the Bear River. We used the flow rates to determine the relative locations of where water is being added to, or taken from, the Bear River, and how those amounts vary through time. Understanding how much water is available from the Bear River is important for users to know so they can better manage their use. Information generated by this research can help to paint a clearer picture of when and where water is available on the Bear River.

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