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Water-Year Summary for Site 08286500

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Water year 2018: 2018-10-01 to 2019-09-30
 

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2018
08286500 RIO CHAMA ABOVE ABIQUIU RESERVOIR, NM
LOCATION - Lat 36°19'07.76", long 106°35'58.31" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, Rio Arriba County, NM, Hydrologic Unit 13020102, on left bank 40 ft downstream from site of former bridge, 7.7 mi downstream from Rio Gallina, 9.0 mi northwest of Youngsville, 15.6 mi upstream from Abiquiu Dam, 30.3 mi downstream from El Vado Dam, and at mile 47.4.
DRAINAGE AREA - 1,600 mi² of which 100 mi² probably is noncontributing.
SURFACE-WATER RECORDS
PERIOD OF RECORD - August 1961 to current year.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder with satellite telemetry and crest-stage gage. Elevation of gage is 6,280 ft above NGVD of 1929, from topographic map. Aug. 1961 to Oct. 1998, water-stage recorder at present site at datum 3.00 ft higher.
REMARKS - For water year 2014 to current, records good except for estimated daily discharges, which are poor. Flow regulated by El Vado Reservoir (station 08285000). Since May 1971, flow affected by release of transmountain water from Heron Reservoir (station 08284510). Diversions for irrigation of about 15,000 acres upstream from station.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - Major floods probably occurred on Sept. 29, 1904, Oct. 4 or 5, 1911, and May 22, 1920.
WATER-QUALITY RECORDS
PERIOD OF DAILY RECORD - SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE: October 1969 to December 1974, April 2003 to October 2007. WATER TEMPERATURE: October 1962 to December 1974, April 2003 to October 2007.
REMARKS - Daily values from October 1969 to December 1974 furnished by the Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District. Interruptions in the record were due to malfunctions of the instrument. Equipment removed October 2007.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF DAILY RECORD - SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE: Maximum daily, 2,200 microsiemens, Sept. 9, 2003; minimum daily, 81 microsiemens, Sept. 26, 2005. WATER TEMPERATURE: Maximum daily, 32.0 °C, Aug. 19, 1964; minimum daily, freezing point many days during winter months.