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Water-Use Data for the Red River of the North Basin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, 1979-2001

Open-File Report 2004-1308—ONLINE ONLY

 

By  Kathleen M. Macek-Rowland, Allan D. Arntson, Karen R. Ryberg, Ann L. Dahl, U.S. Geological Survey and Amy Lieb, Bureau of Reclamation

 

In cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation

 


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Abstract

The Red River of the North, located in the north-central plains of the United States, plays an important role in population growth and economic development of the region.  Because of recent and projected growth in population, industry, and agriculture in the Red River of the North Basin, alternatives to additional water resources will be needed to supplement future water needs.  Past and current water-use data are needed to help select the most viable water-resource alternatives.  Withdrawal and return flow data were collected from various sources throughout the Red River of the North Basin from 1979 through 2001.  The withdrawal data were aggregated by subbasin, monthly totals, and water-use categories.  The return flow data were aggregated by subbasin and monthly totals.  The Red River of the North Basin was divided into subbasins based on locations of U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging stations and by specifically-identified reaches.  Results of the water-use compilation are provided in this report.

 

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Table of Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Description of the Red River of the North Basin

Water-Use History

Water-Use Data Resources

Compilation of Water-Use Data

Summary

Acknowledgments

References

Supplements:

  1. Withdrawals and return flows for the Otter Tail River above Orwell Reservoir, 1979-2001
  2. Withdrawals and return flows from the Otter Tail River above Orwell Reservoir to the Otter Tail River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  3. Withdrawals and return flows for the Bois de Sioux River above Lake Traverse, 1979-2001
  4. Withdrawals and return flows from the Bois de Sioux River above Lake Traverse to the Bois de Sioux River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  5. Withdrawals and return flows from the Otter Tail River at the mouth and Bois de Sioux River at the mouth to the Red River of the North at Wahpeton, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  6. Withdrawals and return flows for the Wild Rice River (North Dakota) at the mouth, 1979-2001
  7. Withdrawals and return flows from the Red River of the North at Wahpeton, North Dakota, to the Red River of the North at Fargo, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  8. Withdrawals and return flows for the Sheyenne River above Harvey, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  9. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River above Harvey, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River near Warwick, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  10. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River near Warwick, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River near Cooperstown, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  11. Withdrawals and return flows for Baldhill Creek at the mouth, 1979-2001
  12. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River near Cooperstown, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  13. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River at Valley City, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  14. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River at Valley City, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River at Lisbon, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  15. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River at Lisbon, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River near Kindred, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  16. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River near Kindred, North Dakota, to the Sheyenne River at West Fargo, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  17. Withdrawals and return flows for the Maple River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  18. Withdrawals and return flows for the Rush River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  19. Withdrawals and return flows from the Sheyenne River at West Fargo, North Dakota, from the Maple River at the mouth, and from the Rush River at the mouth to the Sheyenne River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  20. Withdrawals and return flows for the Buffalo River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  21. Withdrawals and return flows for the Elm River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  22. Withdrawals and return flows for the Wild Rice River (Minnesota) at the mouth, 1979-2001
  23. Withdrawals and return flows from the Red River of the North at Fargo, North Dakota, to the Red River of the North at Halstad, Minnesota, 1979-2001
  24. Withdrawals and return flows for the Goose River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  25. Withdrawals and return flows for the Marsh River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  26. Withdrawals and return flows for the Sand Hill River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  27. Withdrawals and return flows for the Red Lake River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  28. Withdrawals and return flows from the Red River of the North at Halstad, Minnesota, to the Red River of the North at Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  29. Withdrawals and return flows for the Turtle River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  30. Withdrawals and return flows for the Forest River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  31. Withdrawals and return flows for the Snake River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  32. Withdrawals and return flows for the Park River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  33. Withdrawals and return flows from the Red River of the North at Grand Forks, North Dakota, to the Red River of the North at Drayton, North Dakota, 1979-2001
  34. Withdrawals and return flows for the Pembina River at the mouth, 1979-2001
  35. Withdrawals and return flows from the Red River of the North at Drayton, North Dakota, to the Red River of the North at Emerson, Manitoba, 1979-2001

Figures

  1. Map showing location of selected cities, towns, and hydrologic features in the Red River of the North Basin
  2. Map showing location of subbasins in the Red River of the North Basin

Tables

  1. Water-use permit system information for water withdrawals for North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota
  2. Water-use permit system information for return flows for North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota
  3. Subbasins used to aggregate water use in the Red River of the North Basin
  4. Monthly percentage of water used during a growing season for flood, sprinkler, and combination irrigation

 

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