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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° 09'38", long 72° 30'52", Hampden County, Hydrologic Unit 01080204, on left bank 1,000 ft downstream from West Street Bridge at Indian Orchard, 1.1 mi upstream from Fuller Brook, and 7.2 mi upstream from mouth.
PERIOD OF RECORD--Discharge: August 1928 to current year. Published as "at Bircham Bend" prior to November 1938.
Water-quality records: Water years 1953, 1957, 1994.
REVISED RECORDS--WSP 1231: 1934. WDR MA-RI-84-1: drainage area.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with satellite telemeter. Elevation of gage is 125 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929, from topographic map. Prior to Nov. 1, 1938, water-stage recorder at site 1.8 mi downstream at different datum.
REMARKS--Diversion since 1941 from 186 mi2 in Swift River basin and at times since 1931 from 97 mi2 in Ware River basin for Boston metropolitan district; since 1950, for Chicopee; since 1952, for South Hadley; at times since 1966 for Worcester; at times since 1955 from 6.5 mi2 in Ware River basin for Fitchburg. Diversion from Ludlow Reservoir for Springfield and, prior to 1952, for Chicopee. Flow regulated by powerplants upstream, by Quabbin Reservoir 21 mi upstream on Swift River since 1939, by Barre Falls Reservoir on Ware River since 1958, by Conant Brook Reservoir since 1966, and by smaller reservoirs.
COOPERATION BY--Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Water Resources.

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00060 Discharge 1990-09-30  2017-09-20
00065 Gage height 2007-10-01  2017-09-20

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Most recent instantaneous value: 179 09-20-2017   11:30 EDT
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16.0 179 212 297 450 545 7610

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Most recent instantaneous value: 4.03 09-20-2017   11:30 EDT
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