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ICE EFFECTS ON STREAMFLOW During winter, ice formation may cause stage and discharge values to appear higher than expected. Ice effects may be minor (occurring only at night and early morning) with baseline flows obvious, or the effects may be major (stage constantly increases over several days or weeks) resulting in greatly erroneous discharge. Streamgages experiencing minor ice conditions will continue to display stage and discharge values to enable users to estimate the approximate base-line stage and discharge. Streamgages experiencing major ice conditions will have the discharge record temporarily disabled to prevent use of erroneous discharge values. The discharge record will resume when it is determined that ice conditions are no longer present. Daily mean discharges during periods of ice effect will be estimated after detailed data analysis.



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LOCATION--Lat 42o28'05", long 71o00'27", Essex County, Hydrologic Unit 01090001, on left bank 20 ft upstream from Bridge Street and opposite from Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site, at Saugus, Mass.
DRAINAGE AREA--20.8 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD--Stage and discharge, March 1994 to current year; water temperature and specific conductance, October 2001 to current year.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with telephone telemeter. Elevation of gage is 5.57 ft above sea level, NAVD 1988.
REMARKS--There is evidence of seasonal regulation by ponds upstream.
--Weather data collected by the meteorological station at the museum is provided for informational purposes only. The location of the station does not meet the strict installation requirements for weather stations established by the National Weather Service.
COOPERATION BY--Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Conservationand Recreation, Office of Water Resources.

Photo of Saugus River near gage location
Photo of Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site
Photo of Meteorological Station at Museum

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This station managed by the Northborough, MA Field Office.

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00060 Discharge 2007-10-01  2016-10-25
00065 Gage height 2007-10-01  2016-10-25

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Discharge, cubic feet per second

Most recent instantaneous value: 5.3   10-25-2016   01:15 EDT
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1.2 4.7 5.3 6.8 22 28 216

Gage height, feet

Most recent instantaneous value: 1.34   10-25-2016   01:15 EDT
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