Fact Sheet 2015–3026
The maps and graphs in this summary describe streamflow conditions for water year 2014 (October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014) in the context of the 85-year period from 1930 through 2014, unless otherwise noted. The illustrations are based on observed data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP) (http://water.usgs.gov/nsip/). The period 1930–2014 was used because, prior to 1930, the number of streamgages was too small to provide representative data for computing statistics for most regions of the country.
In the summary, reference is made to the term “runoff,” which is the depth to which a river basin or other geographic area, such as a State, would be covered with water if all the streamflow within the area during a specified time period was uniformly distributed over the area. Runoff can also be used to quantify the magnitude of water flowing through rivers and streams in measurement units that can be compared from one area of the Nation to another.
First posted March 26, 2015
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Jian, Xiaodong, Wolock, D.M., Lins, H.F., and Brady, Steve, 2015, Streamflow of 2014—Water year summary: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3026, 8 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153026.
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