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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 15 ft above sea level.
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.
ICE EFFECTS ON STREAMFLOW During winter, ice formation in streams can cause stage and corresponding discharge values to appear higher than expected during periods of no precipitation. Ice effects from partial ice cover or shore ice may be minor, where stage and discharge appear to increase at night and decrease to base-line conditions around midday for one or more days. Major ice effects from complete ice cover appear as constantly increasing stage and discharge over several days during prolonged cold periods. Stage and discharge values for streams experiencing minor ice effects will continue to be displayed on the web to enable the user to estimate the approximate base-line discharges. Note that this method of estimation should only be used when no runoff occurs. During periods of major ice effects, display of discharge data on the web will be temporarily discontinued to prevent misuse of erroneous discharge data. The discharge record will resume when it is determined that ice conditions are no longer present. Display of stage data during periods of minor and major ice effects will continue to be displayed on the web. Daily mean discharges will be estimated for all periods of ice-effected discharges.Photo of Saugus River near gage location
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