Channel-Morphology Data for the Tongue River and Selected Tributaries, Southeastern Montana, 2001-02
Entry ID: USGS_OFR_2004_1260

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Summary
Abstract: Coal-bed methane exploration and production have begun within the Tongue River
watershed in southeastern Montana. The development of coal-bed methane requires
production of large volumes of ground water, some of which may be discharged to
streams, potentially increasing stream discharge and sediment load. Changes in
stream discharge or sediment load may result in changes to channel morphology
through changes in erosion and vegetation. These changes might be subtle and
difficult to detect without baseline data that indicate stream-channel
conditions before extensive coal-bed methane development began. In order to
provide this baseline channel-morphology data, the U.S. Geological Survey, in
cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, collected channel-morphology
data in 2001-02 to document baseline conditions for several reaches along the
Tongue River and selected tributaries.

This report presents channel-morphology data for five sites on the mainstem
Tongue River and four sites on its tributaries. Bankfull, water-surface, and
thalweg elevations, channel sections, and streambed-particle sizes were
measured along reaches near streamflow-gaging stations. At each site, the
channel was classified using methods described by Rosgen. For six sites,
bankfull discharge was determined from the stage- discharge relation at the
gage for the stage corresponding to the bankfull elevation. For three sites,
the step-backwater computer model HEC-RAS was used to estimate bankfull
discharge. Recurrence intervals for the bankfull discharge also were estimated
for eight of the nine sites. Channel-morphology data for each site are
presented in maps, tables, graphs, and photographs.

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Description: Report on the Channel-Morphology Data for the Tongue River and Selected
Tributaries, Southeastern Montana, 2001-02.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 47.0 S: 45.0  E: -105.0  W: -107.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Katherine J. Chase
Dataset Title: Channel-Morphology Data for the Tongue River and Selected Tributaries, Southeastern Montana, 2001-02
Dataset Release Date: 2004
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online Resource: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1260/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2001-01-01
Stop Date: 2002-12-31


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MONTANA


Science Keywords
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >GROUND WATER >AQUIFERS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >DISCHARGE/FLOW    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >RIVERS/STREAMS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >WATERSHED CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >WETLANDS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >EROSION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >SEDIMENT TRANSPORT    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >SEDIMENTATION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >GEOMORPHOLOGY >FLUVIAL LANDFORMS/PROCESSES    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES >FLUVIAL LANDFORMS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ENVIRONMENT
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
INLAND WATERS


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
MAPS    [Information]
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Instrument
CAMERAS    [Information]
STREAM GAUGES    [Information]


Keywords
OFR
Open File Report
Channel Morphology
Water Channels
Watersheds
Erosion
Sedimentation


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
USGS


Data Center
Open File Services Section, Publications Warehouse, Eastern Region, Publications, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/

Data Center Personnel
Name: USGS OPEN-FILE SERVICES SECTION
Phone: 303-202-4200
Phone: 303-202-4210
Fax: 303-202-4188
Email: infoservices at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
USGS Information Services
Open-File Services Section
Box 25286
Federal Center
City: Denver
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225-0286
Country: USA


Personnel
KATHERINE J. CHASE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: kchase at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
3162 Bozeman Ave
City: Helena
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59601
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-05-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2006-05-04

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