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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.

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LOCATION--Lat 42o22'08", long 71o03'42", Suffolk County, Hydrologic Unit 01090001, at New Charles River Dam, Boston, MA.
DRAINAGE AREA--311 mi2, excludes 23.6 mi2 drained by Stony Brook, from which flow is diverted for municipal supply for Cambridge.
PERIOD OF RECORD--September 2002 to current year.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with telephone telemeter. Stage sensor for Charles River and Boston Harbor.
DATUM--Datum of gages are from the Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission base, which is 105.62 ft higher than NGVD 1929.
REMARKS--Charles River stage affected by operation of the New Charles River Dam and Boston Harbor stage affected by tide.
COOPERATION BY--Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Planning and Engineering

Photo of Charles River Dam
Photo of Charles River stage sensor location
Photo of Boston Harbor stage sensor location and reference staff gage

Available Parameters Available Period
2008-05-07  2021-12-06
2017-02-06  2021-12-06


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Gage height, feet

Most recent instantaneous value: 107.42 12-06-2021   12:00 EST
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Tide stage, above datum, feet, TIDE STAGE

Most recent instantaneous value: 113.18 12-06-2021   13:00 EST
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