Reservoirs in the United States

Water Supply Paper 1838
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This report summarizes the storage capacities and related data of reservoirs and controlled natural lakes for the contermimous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Data are given for all storage facilities having a usable capacity of 5,000 acre-feet or more and completed or under construction as of Jan 1, 1963.

A descriptive list of reservoirs m the United States completed as of Jan 1, 1947, was first published (Geol Survey Circular 23) in March 1948. In 1956 Water-Supply Paper 1360-A, "Reservoirs m the United States," by N.O. Thomas and G.E. Harbeck, Jr, updated this listing and included lists of reservoirs completed or under construction as of Jan 1, 1954. Some of the data shown for reservoirs constructed before 1954 may have been corrected here on the basis of the latest available reservoir survey.

This report lists 1562 reservoirs and lakes, their usable storage totals 359,360,000 acre-feet, and the corresponding surface area IS 14,831,000 acres.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Reservoirs in the United States
Series title Water Supply Paper
Series number 1838
DOI 10.3133/wsp1838
Year Published 1966
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Indiana Water Science Center, Utah Water Science Center
Description vi, 115 p.; 1 Plate: 29.19 in. x 19.47 in.
Country United States
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