"The purpose of this study was to develop water budgets for the Meramec River Basin. These budgets, developed from average annual data, are quantitative assessments of the basin's water resources.
On a long-term basis, inflow was approximately balanced by outflow indicating that the system is steady state.
Precipitation was found to be the only substantial source of inflow to the basin and averages about 40 inches per year.
Evapotranspiration was found to be the major source of outflow from the basin. Annually it accounts for about three quarters of the total outflow and averages about 30 inches.
Streamflow was found to account for about one quarter of the total outflow from the basin and averages about 10.9 inches per year.
Groundwater inflow to the basin was too small to estimate. Outflows from the basin were estimated at less than 0.2 inches per year and are insignificant in comparison to the other components.
It is estimated that there are 700 billion gallons of water per year available for use by man, as either surface- water or groundwater, or in combination. However, because groundwater recharge and discharge are in approximate balance in the basin, extensive development of groundwater will result in a commensurate reduction of streamflow"--Abstract, pages ii-iii.
Westphal, Jerome A.
Munger, Paul R.
Barr, David J.
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
M.S. in Civil Engineering
St. Louis District Army Corps of Engineers
University of Missouri-Rolla Institute of River Studies
University of Missouri--Rolla
ix, 78 pages
Meramec River Basin, Missouri
© 1978 Glendon Taylor Stevens III, All rights reserved.
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Stevens, Glendon Taylor III, "A hydrologic analysis of the Meramec River Basin, Missouri" (1978). Masters Theses. 4235.