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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 41o28'56", long
71o33'06", Washington County, Hydrologic Unit
01090005, on right bank on downstream side of bridge on State Highway
138 at West Kingston, 1.5 mi west of Kingston, and 3.1 mi upstream from
DRAINAGE AREA--9.59 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD--Discharge: February 1958 to July 1960 in Rhode Island Water Resources Board Geologic Bulletin 13. September 1973 to current year.
Water-quality records: Water years 1974-1983.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with satellite telemeter. Datum of gage is 88.90 ft above NAVD 1988, from Rhode Island State Board of Public Roads benchmark. Datum of gage previously reported as 89.80 ft above NGVD 1929, from Rhode Island State Board of Public Roads benchmark.
REMARKS--Diversion upstream for supply of University of Rhode Island.
COOPERATION BY--Rhode Island Water Resources Board
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