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Historic and Naturalized Monthly Streamflow for Selected Sites in the Red River of the North Basin in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, 1931-2001

Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5092—ONLINE ONLY

 

By Douglas G. Emerson

 

In cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation

 


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Abstract

Historic monthly streamflow data were compiled and missing historic and naturalized monthly streamflow data were estimated to develop a database of updated streamflow data for January 1931 through December 2001 (the data-development period) for 35 sites in the Red River of the North Basin. Of the 35 sites, 4 had gaged historic monthly streamflow data for the entire data-development period, 10 had gaged historic monthly streamflow data for part of the data-development period, and 21 had no gaged historic monthly streamflow data. To develop the database, a modified drainage-area ratio method, a maintenance of variance extension type 1 method, and a water-balance method were used to estimate the missing historic monthly streamflow data. Naturalized streamflow for the 35 sites was estimated by eliminating the hydrologic effects of Orwell Dam, Reservation Dam, White Rock Dam, Baldhill Dam, surfacewater withdrawals, and return flows.

 

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Table of Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Purpose and scope

Description of study area

Methods used to estimate streamflow

Gaged and estimated historic monthly streamflow

Otter Tail River above Orwell Dam

Otter Tail River at the mouth

Bois de Sioux River above White Rock Dam

Bois de Sioux River at the mouth

Red River of the North at Wahpeton, North Dakota

Wild Rice River (North Dakota) at the mouth

Red River of the North at Fargo, North Dakota

Sheyenne River above Harvey, North Dakota

Sheyenne River near Warwick, North Dakota

Sheyenne River near Cooperstown, North Dakota

Baldhill Creek at the mouth

Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam, North Dakota

Sheyenne River at Valley City, North Dakota

Sheyenne River at Lisbon, North Dakota

Sheyenne River near Kindred, North Dakota

Sheyenne River at West Fargo, North Dakota

Maple River at the mouth

Rush River at the mouth

Sheyenne River at the mouth

Buffalo River at the mouth

Elm River at the mouth

Wild Rice River (Minnesota) at the mouth

Red River of the North at Halstad, Minnesota

Goose River at the mouth

Marsh River at the mouth

Sand Hill River at the mouth

Red Lake River at the mouth

Red River of the North at Grand Forks, North Dakota

Turtle River at the mouth

Forest River at the mouth

Snake River at the mouth

Park River at the mouth

Red River of the North at Drayton, North Dakota

Pembina River at the mouth

Red River of the North at Emerson, Manitoba

Estimated naturalized monthly streamflow

Selected sites on tributaries to the Red River of the North and on the Red River of the North

Bois de Sioux River at the mouth

Red River of the North at Wahpeton, North Dakota

Sheyenne River below Baldhill Dam, North Dakota

Summary

References

 

Supplements:

  1. Gaged and estimated historic monthly streamflow for 35 sites in the Red River of the North Basin, 1931-2001

  2. Gaged and estimated historic monthly streamflow for 28 additional sites in the Red River of the North Basin, 1931-2001

  3. Estimated naturalized monthly streamflow for 35 sites in the Red River of the North Basin, 1931-2001

Figures

  1. Map showing locations of sites in the Red River of the North Basin for which streamflow data were compiled and/or estimated.

  2. Bar charts showing methods used to compile and/or estimate historic monthly streamflow data.

Tables

  1. Sites in the Red River of the North Basin for which historic and naturalized monthly streamflow data were compiled and/or estimated.

  2. Description of sites used to estimate missing historic monthly streamflow data.

  3. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between the Mustinka River above Wheaton, Minnesota, and the base stations.

  4. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between the Wild Rice River near Abercrombie, North Dakota, and the base stations.

  5. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between Baldhill Creek near Dazey, North Dakota, and the base station.

  6. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between the Maple River near Mapleton, North Dakota, and the base stations.

  7. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between the Rush River at Amenia, North Dakota, and the base stations.

  8. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between the Elm River near Kelso, North Dakota, and the base stations.

  9. Cyclic (monthly) and noncyclic (annual) correlation coefficients between the Wild Rice River at Hendrum, Minnesota, and the base stations.

 

 

 

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