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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1262

Nogales Flood Detention Study

By Laura M. Norman, Lainie Levick, D. Phillip Guertin, James Callegary, Jesús Quintanar Guadarrama, Claudia Zulema Gil Anaya, Andrea Prichard, Floyd Gray, Edgar Castellanos, Edgar Tepezano, Hans Huth, Prescott Vandervoet, Saul Rodriguez, Jose Nunez, Donald Atwood, Gilberto Patricio Olivero Granillo, and Francisco Octavio Gastelum Ceballos


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Flooding in Ambos Nogales often exceeds the capacity of the channel and adjacent land areas, endangering many people. The Nogales Wash is being studied to prevent future flood disasters and detention features are being installed in tributaries of the wash. This paper describes the application of the KINEROS2 model and efforts to understand the capacity of these detention features under various flood and urbanization scenarios. Results depict a reduction in peak flow for the 10-year, 1-hour event based on current land use in tributaries with detention features. However, model results also demonstrate that larger storm events and increasing urbanization will put a strain on the features and limit their effectiveness.

Last modified January 10, 2011
First posted October 18, 2010

  • Report PDF (13 MB)
  • Appendix B folder; Detailed Results from the Study. This Appendix consists of a set of spreadsheet files in several formats (25.3 MB).
  • This report is available only on the Web.

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Suggested citation:

Norman, L.M., Levick, L., Guertin, D.P., Callegary, J., Quintanar Guadarrama, J., Zulema Gil Anaya, C., Prichard, A., Gray, F., Castellanos, E., Tepezano, E., Huth, H., Vandervoet, P., Rodriguez, S., Nunez, J., Atwood, D., Patricio Olivero Granillo, G., and Octavio Gastelum Ceballos, F., 2010, Nogales flood detention study: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1262, 112 p.




1.0 Introduction

2.0 Watershed Delineation

3.0 Rainfall

4.0 Land Use Map

5.0 Detention Features

6.0 Results

7.0 Caveats

8.0 Conclusions

9.0 Future Work

10.0 References

three appendixes

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