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Streamflow Measurements, Basin Characteristics, and Streamflow Statistics for Low-Flow Partial-Record Stations Operated in Massachusetts from 1989 Through 1996

Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4006

By Kernell G. Ries, III


ABSTRACT

A network of 148 low-flow partial-record stations was operated on streams in Massachusetts during the summers of 1989 through 1996. Streamflow measurements (including historical measurements), measured basin characteristics, and estimated streamflow statistics are provided in the report for each low-flow partial-record station. Also included for each station are location information, streamflow-gaging stations for which flows were correlated to those at the low-flowpartial-record station, years of operation, and remarks indicating human influences of stream-flowsat the station. Three or four streamflow measurements were made each year for three years during times of low flow to obtain nine or ten measurements for each station. Measured flows at the low-flow partial-record stations were correlated with same-day mean flows at a nearby gaging station to estimate streamflow statistics for the low-flow partial-record stations. The estimated streamflow statistics include the 99-, 98-, 97-, 95-, 93-, 90-, 85-, 80-, 75-, 70-, 65-, 60-, 55-, and 50-percent duration flows; the 7-day, 10- and 2-year low flows; and the August median flow. Characteristics of the drainage basins for the stations that theoretically relate to the response of the station to climatic variations were measured from digital map data by use of an automated geographic information system procedure. Basin characteristics measured include drainage area; total stream length; mean basin slope; area of surficial stratified drift; area of wetlands; area of water bodies; and mean, maximum, and minimum basin elevation.Station descriptions and calculated streamflow statistics are also included in the report for the 50 continuous gaging stations used in correlations with the low-flow partial-record stations.

 


CONTENTS

Abstract

Introduction

Physical Setting

Streamflow Measurements

Basin Characteristics

Streamflow Statistics

Presentation of Data

Summary

References Cited

FIGURES

  1. Map showing locations of low-flow partial-record stations in the network operated in Massachusetts during 1989 through 1996, streamflow-gaging stations used for correlation with the low-flow partial-record stations, and boundaries of the 27 major river basins in Massachusetts

TABLES

  1. Descriptions of streamflow-gaging stations used for correlation with the low-flow partial-record stations
  2. Streamflow statistics for the gaging stations used for correlation with the low-flow partial-record stations
  3. Descriptive information, measured basin characteristics, streamflow-gaging stations used for correlations, discharge measurements, and streamflow statistics for the low-flow partial-record stations in the network operated in Massachusetts during 1989 to 1996

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