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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 42°16'04", long 72°19'59", Hampshire County, Hydrologic Unit 01080204, on left bank at West Ware, 1.4 mi downstream from  Quabbin Reservoir, 3.5 mi east of Belchertown, and 8.0 mi upstream from mouth.
DRAINAGE AREA--189 mi2, includes 1.6 mi2 drained by Beaver Brook, flow of which is diverted from Ware River basin. Prior to January 1937, 186 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD--Discharge: July 1910 to September 1912 (twice-daily gage heights and corresponding discharge), October 1912 to current year.
Water-quality records: Water years 1952–54.
REVISED RECORDS--WSP 451: 1916. WSP 871: 1919. WSP 1031: 1944 (changes in reservoir contents and adjusted figures only). WSP 1301: 1925(M). WDR MA-RI-84-1: drainage area.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with satellite telemeter. Datum of gage is 365.18 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929. Prior to Aug. 25, 1912, nonrecording gage at site 400 ft upstream at same datum.
REMARKS--Flow regulated since August 1939 by Quabbin Reservoir, usable capacity, 53.8 billion cubic feet. Diversion from Ware River to  Quabbin Reservoir since 1940, from  Quabbin Reservoir to Wachusett Reservoir since 1941, from Quabbin Reservoir to Chicopee Valley aqueduct since 1950, and from Quabbin Reservoir to city of Worcester at times since 1966.

This gage is monitored in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, Office of Watershed Management, with funding from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority .

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Photo of Swift River looking Upstream. Link to the DCR.

Photo of Swift River looking Downstream. Link to the DCR.

Photo of Swift River looking Downstream

Photo of Swift River looking Upstream

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This station managed by the Northborough MA Field Office.

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00060 Discharge 1987-09-30  2017-09-21
00065 Gage height 2007-10-01  2017-09-21

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Most recent instantaneous value: 135 09-21-2017   07:15 EDT
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Daily discharge, cubic feet per second -- statistics for Sep 21 based on 77 years of record more
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25.0 40 82 91 117 135 163

Most recent instantaneous value: 2.76 09-21-2017   07:15 EDT
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