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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 42° 04’58", long 72°
03’27", Worcester County, Hydrologic Unit 01100001, on right
bank 200 ft downstream from Westville Dam, 1.0 mi upstream from
McKinstry Brook, and 1.3 mi west of Southbridge.
DRAINAGE AREA--94.4 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD-- October 1962 to current year (data publication discontinued from October 1, 1990 to September 30, 2002).
REVISED RECORDS--WDR MA-RI-75-1: 1963-64 (monthly runoff). WDR MA-RI-84-1: drainage area.
GAGE--Data Collection Platform with satellite telemeter. Datum of gage is 510.64 ft above NAVD 1988, from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers benchmark. Prior to May 8, 2020, datum reported as 511.33 ft above NGVD 1929, from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers benchmark.
REMARKS-- Flow regulated by mills, by East Brimfield and Westville Lakes, and by other reservoirs upstream.
COOPERATION BY--U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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