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Water Resources Data North Dakota Water Year 2003 Volume 1. Surface Water

Water-Data Report ND-03-1


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 2003 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 108 streamflow-gaging stations; stage only for 24 river-stage stations; contents and/or stage for 14 lake or reservoir stations; annual maximum discharge for 32 crest-stage stations; and water-quality for 99 streamflow-gaging stations, 5 river-stage stations, 11 lake or reservoir stations, 8 miscellaneous sample sites on rivers, and 63 miscellaneous sample sites on lakes and wetlands.  Data are included for 7 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


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

Special networks and programs

Explanation of the records

Station identification numbers

Downstream-order system

Latitude-longitude system

Miscellaneous site numbers

Records of stage and water discharge

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Station manuscript

Data table of daily mean values

Statistics of monthly mean data

Summary statistics

Identifying estimated daily discharge

Accuracy of the records

Other records available

Records of surface-water quality

Classification of records

Arrangement of records

Onsite measurements and sample collection

Water temperature


Laboratory analyses

Data presentation

Access to USGS water data

Definition of terms

Techniques of water-resources investigations of the U.S. Geological Survey

Surface-water-discharge and surface-water-quality records

Remark codes

Water-quality-control data

Blank samples

Reference samples

Replicate samples

Spike samples

Dissolved trace-element concentrations

Change in National Trends Network procedures

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

Analyses of samples collected at Tongue River water-quality sites

Analyses of samples collected at Red River of the North miscellaneous water-quality sites

Chemical quality of precipitation




1. Map showing location of active surface-water gaging stations

2. Map showing location of active surface-water-quality stations

3. Comparison, by climatological division, of monthly precipitation, water year 2003, to normal monthly precipitation, 1961-90

4. Comparison of monthly mean discharge during water year 2003 to mean monthly discharge for the period of record

5. Devils Lake water levels for the period of record and for water years 1993-2003

6. System for numbering miscellaneous sites (latitude and longitude)

7. System for numbering miscellaneous sites (township and range)


Table 1. Statistical summary of specific-conductance values for the period of record and listing of measured specific-conductance values for water year 2003


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