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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.



USGS 01105607 WHITMANS POND FLOOD BY-PASS AT EAST WEYMOUTH, MA

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LOCATION--Lat 42o12'40", long 70o55'47", Norfolk County, Hydrologic Unit 01090001, on Whitman's Pond Dam, approximately 1,000 ft upstream from Iron Hill Dam, and 1,300 ft upstream from Whitman's Pond Outlet gage below Iron Hill Street, at East Weymouth, MA.
DRAINAGE AREA--12.4 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD--January 2002 to current year.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with satellite telemeter. Stage sensor is attached to lower retaining wall of Whitman's Pond Dam and is located in Iron Hill Pond. Datum of Iron Hill Pond gage is 61.12 ft above Town of Weymouth datum. Subtract 5.83 ft from gage height values to adjust to National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929.
REMARKS--Flows affected by withdrawals for public water supply of Weymouth. High flows affected by diversions to flood by-pass system at Iron Hill Dam. The Old Swamp River gage (01105600) is located 0.4 mi upstream from Whitman's Pond, South Cove, and points of water withdrawals and diversions.
COOPERATION BY--Town of Weymouth, MA

FLOOD BY-PASS SIPHON INFORMATION--The flood by-pass system includes four siphon openings located at Iron Hill Pond Dam which are designed to by-pass flood flows around the Iron Hill Pond Dam fish ladder directly to the flood by-pass system. By-pass flood flows discharge to the inter-tidal zone downstream of Jackson Square. The following list shows the bottom elevations for each set of four siphon openings. Siphon Unit 2 is the first unit to by-pass flood flows.

Iron Hill Pond Dam--flows by-pass Iron Hill Pond fish ladder and enter flood by-pass system when Iron Hill Pond elevation exceeds the following siphon inlet elevations (Town of Weymouth Datum, in feet):

Siphon Unit 2 65.25
Siphon Unit 3 65.35
Siphon Unit 1 65.45
Siphon Unit 4 65.55

Photo of Whitman's Pond and Iron Hill Pond Gage Shelter
Photo of Iron Hill Pond Sensor Location

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Available Parameters Available Period
All 2 Available Parameters for this site
  
00060 Discharge 2002-01-26  2009-08-24
00065 Gage height 2015-05-22  2018-05-21

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Most recent instantaneous value: 65.70 05-21-2018   03:00 EDT
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