All Images this page: © Ken Dewey, School of Natural Resoruces, UNL
Looking north at the I-80 bridge over the Platte River. When full. the river would fill the entire view.
Note the large amount of vegetation which has taken over the river bed due to low and non-existent flow during the past 4 years.
The Platte River, northeast of Grand Island. This flow is about 90 cubic feet per second.
The Platte River, northeast of Grand Island.
Platte River discharge, July 27, 2001 through September 27, 2006.
Platte River at Grand Island ran dry ( 0 on the graph) in the
summer of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and this summer 2006.
that the flow in the river began in late August last year (2005) and continued
until June of this year (2006). A regional rainfall in June caused the river to temporarily
flow again. Rainfalls in late August, and a drastic reduction in use of crop irrigation, have
allowed the river to return to continue a daily flow again.
Platte River discharge, July 27, 2006 through September 27, 2006.
The Platte River at Grand Island began flowing again on August 9.
The two spikes represent rainfall events with short term discharge increases.
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