Geological Survey Water-supply Paper

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950 - Irrigation

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Page 1 - Contents is the volume of water in a reservoir or lake. Unless otherwise indicated, volume is computed on the basis of a level pool and does not include bank storage.
Page 1 - Second-feet per square mile" is the average number of cubic feet of water flowing per second from each square mile of area drained, on the assumption that the run-off is distributed uniformly both as regards time and area. "Run-off in inches...
Page 5 - Accuracy of Field Data and Computed Results The accuracy of streamflow data depends primarily on (1) the stability of the stage-discharge relation or, if the control is unstable, the frequency of discharge measurements and (2) the accuracy of observations of stage, measurements of discharge, and interpretation of records. The station description under "REMARKS" states the degree of accuracy of the records. "Excellent...
Page 5 - Mean" gives the average flow in cubic feet per second during the month. Discharge for the month...
Page 2 - At some stream-gaging stations, the stage-discharge relation is affected by backwater from reservoirs, tributary streams, or other sources. This necessitates the use of the slope method in which the slope or fall in a reach of the stream is a factor in determining discharge.
Page 5 - Discharge at some stations, as indicated by the monthly mean, may vary widely from natural runoff, owing to diversion, consumption, regulation by storage, increase or decrease in evaporation due to artificial causes, or to other factors. For such stations, figures of cubic feet per second per square mile and of runoff in inches are not published unless satisfactory adjustments can be made for diversions, for changes in contents of reservoirs, or for other changes incident to use and control. Evaporation...
Page 5 - For most gaging stations on lakes and reservoirs, the data presented comprise a description of the station and a monthly summary table of stage and contents.
Page 2 - ... shifting-control method, in which correction factors based on individual discharge measurements and notes by engineers and observers are used in applying the gage heights to the rating tables. If the stagedischarge relation for a station is temporarily changed by the presence of aquatic growth or debris on the control, the daily mean discharge is computed by what is in effect the shifting-control method.
Page 2 - At some gaging stations the stage-discharge relation is affected by ice during the winter, and it becomes impossible to compute the discharge in the usual manner. Discharge for periods of ice effect is computed on the basis of the gage-height record and occasional winter discharge measurements, consideration being given to the available information on temperature and precipitation, notes by gage observers and engineers, and comparable records of discharge for other stations in the same or nearby...
Page 4 - Extremes." Unless otherwise qualified, the maximum discharge corresponds to the crest stage obtained by use of a water-stage recorder, a crest-stage indicator, or a non-recording gage read at the time of the crest.

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