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ICE EFFECTS ON STREAMFLOW
The formation of ice on rivers can cause discharge values to appear unusually high. Display of these erroneous discharge data may result in improper assessment of flow conditions and misuse of the data. For this reason, display of discharge values for streams significantly affected by ice may be disabled from view. Display of discharge data will resume when ice conditions are no longer present. Discharge values for streams minimally affected by ice will continue to be displayed. Flows for streams with these conditions appear to increase during the night and decrease to near-base-line conditions around midday. To estimate the correct discharge for these streams, use the flow rate that corresponds to the bottom of the discharge curve, rather than the peak that corresponds to the top of the curve. Note that this method of estimation is possible only when no surface runoff is occurring. Daily mean discharges for periods of both significant and minimal ice-effect will be estimated and published in the Annual Water-Data Report for the water year in which they occurred.
LOCATION--Lat 42°13’15", long
70°58’43", Norfolk County, Hydrologic Unit 01090001, on
right bank, 3 ft downstream from Commercial Street bridge, and 0.2 mi
upstream from mouth at East Braintree.
DRAINAGE AREA--28.7 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD--Discharge: March 2006 to current year. Intermittent discharge measurements, water years 1999, 2000, 2003.
Water-quality records: Water years 1999, 2000.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with satellite telemeter.
Elevation of gage, about 5 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929, from topographic map.
REMARKS--Flow may be infrequently affected by unusually high tides.
COOPERATION BY-- Massachusetts Executive Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Water Resources.
FLOOD STAGE--4.5 feet, established by National Weather Service. Moderate flooding at 6.0 feet and major flooding at 8.0 feet- NWS
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