North Dakota Water Science Center

Water Resources Data North Dakota Water Year 2005, Volume 1 Surface Water

USGS Water-Data Report ND-05-1

By S.M. Robinson, R.F. Lundgren, B.A. Sether, S.W. Norbeck, and J.M. Lambrecht


Prepared in cooperation with the State of North Dakota and with other agencies

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Water-resources data for the 2005 water year for North Dakota consists of records of discharge, stage, and water quality for streams; contents, stage, and water quality for lakes and reservoirs; and water levels and water quality for ground-water wells. Volume 1 contains records of water discharge for 107 streamflow-gaging stations; stage only for 22 river-stage stations; contents and/or stage for 13 lake or reservoir stations; annual maximum discharge for 31 crest-stage stations; and water quality for 93 streamflow-gaging stations, 6 river-stage stations, 15 lake or reservoir stations, and about 50 miscellaneous sample sites on lakes and wetlands. Data are included for 8 water-quality monitor sites on streams and 2 precipitation-chemistry stations. These data represent that part of the National Water Data System operated by the U.S. Geological Survey and cooperating Federal, State, and local agencies in North Dakota.


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Table of Contents


Report documentation page

List of surface-water stations, in downstream order, for which records are published in this volume

List of precipitation sites, for which chemical-quality data are published in this volume

List of discontinued surface-water discharge or stage-only stations

List of discontinued continuous-record surface-water-quality stations



Summary of hydrologic conditions


Chemical quality of streamflow

Downstream order and station number

Numbering system for wells and miscellaneous sites

Special networks and programs

Explanation of stage- and water-discharge records

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Station manuscript

Peak discharge greater than base discharge

Data table of daily mean values

Statistics of monthly mean data

Summary of statistics

Identifying estimated daily discharge

Accuracy of field data and computed results

Other data records available

Explanation of precipitation records

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Explanation of water-quality records

Collection and examination of data

Water analysis

Surface-water-quality records

Classification of records

Accuracy of the records

Arrangement of records

Onsite measurements and sample collection

Water temperature


Laboratory measurements

Data presentation

Remark codes

Water-quality-control data

Blank samples

Reference samples

Replicate samples

Spike samples

Access to USGS water data

Definition of terms

Station records

Discharge measurements at partial-record stations and miscellaneous sites

Crest-stage partial-record stations

Miscellaneous discharge measurement sites

Analyses of samples collected at water-quality partial-record stations and miscellaneous sites

Analyses of samples collected at miscellaneous water-quality lake sites

Analyses of samples collected at Spirit Lake Reservation water-quality sites

Analyses of samples collected at Lake Sakakawea water-quality sites

Chemical quality of precipitation



  1. Map showing locations of active surface-water gaging stations
  2. Map showing locations of active surface-water-quality stations
  3. Comparison, by climatological division, of monthly precipitation, water year 2005, to normal monthly precipitation, 1971-2000
  4. Comparison of monthly mean discharge during water year 2005 to mean monthly discharge for the periods of record
  5. System for numbering miscellaneous sites (latitude and longitude)
  6. System for numbering miscellaneous sites (township and range)


  1. Statistical summary of specific-conductance values for the period of record and listing of measured specific-conductance values for water year 2005

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