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  • January 22, 2018 - USGS Water Data availability during lapse in Federal funding

    Due to a lapse in Federal funding, the U.S. Geological Survey must suspend those parts of its data collection and distribution processes requiring human intervention. However, automated reporting and serving of telemetered data will continue.

    Users may note some degradation in the quality and completeness of real-time streamflow, groundwater and water-quality data from some reporting stations due to the suspension of field calibrations and adjustments, especially as high flows occur, aquatic vegetation becomes dominant, or ice forms in high altitude streams. The USGS will continue to monitor some performance aspects of its network using a skeleton workforce.

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**NOTICE: The New Jersey Water Science Center has transitioned to a new data management software package. While you may not have noticed this transition, some sites may have problems or delays in being updated. We are actively monitoring these conditions and are resolving them as quickly as possible. See the Dec 8 news entry for more information at: https://help.waterdata.usgs.gov/news


USGS 01466500 McDonalds Branch in Byrne State Forest NJ


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During winter months, cold and ice may result in inaccurate real-time gage height and streamflow data. Adjustments or deletions of this data can only be done after detailed analysis.



LOCATION.--Lat 39°53'06", long 74°30'19" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, Woodland Township, Burlington County, NJ, Hydrologic Unit 02040202, on right bank, 25 ft upstream from culvert on Butterworth Road in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, 3.4 mi upstream from confluence with Cooper Branch, and 7.0 mi southeast of Browns Mills.
DRAINAGE AREA.--2.35 mi2.
PERIOD OF RECORD.--Continuous-record discharge station, October 1953 to current year. Prior to October 1962, published as "McDonald Branch in Lebanon State Forest". October 1962 through September 2003, published as "McDonalds Branch in Lebanon State Forest".
REVISED RECORDS.--WDR NJ-82-2: Drainage area.
GAGE.--Water-stage recorder with telemetry and concrete control. Datum of gage is 117.73 ft above NGVD of 1929 (levels from New Jersey Geological Survey benchmark).
REMARKS.--Records fair, except for estimated discharges, which are poor.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD.--Maximum discharge, 61 ft3/s, Aug 28, 2011, gage height, 2.54 ft; minimum discharge, 0.49 ft3/s, many days.


Water years 1963-96, 1998 to current year.

Dissolved Oxygen: August 1984 to September 1992, September 2000.
pH: October 1981 to March 1982, May 1984 to September 1992, September 2000.
Specific Conductance: December 1968 to September 1992, September 2000.
Water Temperature: October 1960 to September 1992, September 2000, February 2012 to current year.
REMARKS.--Discrete water-quality data were collected as part of the New Jersey Ambient Surface-Water-Quality Monitoring Network and the Hydrologic Bench Network (HBN).
The accuracy of continuous water-quality data can be found here.

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00010 Temperature, water 2012-02-08  2018-01-22
00060 Discharge 1981-10-01  2018-01-22
00065 Gage height 2007-10-01  2018-01-22

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