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Fact Sheet 2013–3106

Prepared in cooperation with the Central Platte Natural Resources District

Riparian Evapotranspiration in Nebraska

By Brent M. Hall and David L. Rus

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With increasing demands being placed on the water resources of Nebraska, characterizing evapotranspiration (ET) from riparian vegetation has gained importance to water users and managers. This report summarizes and compares the results from several studies of the ET from cottonwood-dominated riparian forests, riparian grasslands, and common reed, Phragmites australis, in Nebraska. Reported results show that the highest seasonal ET amounts were associated with Phragmites australis, followed by riparian forests, with riparian grasslands experiencing the lowest total ET of the studied vegetation communities.

First posted December 31, 2013

For additional information, contact:
Director, Nebraska Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
5231 South 19th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512-1271

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Suggested citation:

Hall, B.M., and Rus, D.L., 2013, Riparian evapotranspiration in Nebraska: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3106, 4 p.,

ISSN 2327-6916 (print)

ISSN 2327-6932 (online)



Cottonwood Woodlands


Vegetation Comparison

References Cited

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