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Water-Year Summary for Site 05051500

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Water year 2020: 2019-10-01 to 2020-09-30

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
LOCATION - Lat 46°15'58", long 96°35'54" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in sec.08, T.132 N., R.47 W., Richland County, ND, Hydrologic Unit 09020104, on left bank in Wahpeton, 800 ft downstream from confluence of Bois de Sioux and Otter Tail Rivers, and at mile 548.6.
DRAINAGE AREA - 4,010 mi².
PERIOD OF RECORD - DAILY DISCHARGE--May to October 1942, March 1943 to current year.

PERIOD OF RECORD.--DAILY GAGE HEIGHT--October 2000 to current year. Gage-height records collected in this vicinity since 1917 are contained in reports of the National Weather Service.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and concrete and wooden dam. Datum of gage is 944.06 ft above NAVD88 (levels by USACE, April 2017). Prior to conversion to NAVD88, datum was published as 942.97 ft above NGVD29. Prior to August 6, 1943, National Weather Service non-recording gage 800 ft upstream, converted to present datum. August 6, 1943, to October 27, 1950, non-recording gage at present site and datum.

Red River Only discharge does not include Otter Tail River Diversion (05046475) flow. Discharge includes combined daily flows from Red River of the North and Otter Tail River Diversion channel since June 2005.

Accuracy of records for water years prior to 2014 are noted in the individual Annual Data Reports for those water years. For water years 2014 onward, records good except for estimated discharges, which are poor, unless otherwise noted.

REGULATION.--Flow regulated by: Orwell Reservoir, flood storage capacity, 13,300 acre-ft at elevation 1,070 ft above mean sea level, adjustment of 1912; Mud Lake, flood storage capacity, 78,600 acre-ft at elevation 981 ft above mean sea level, adjustment of 1912; Lake Traverse, flood storage capacity, 75,100 acre-ft at elevation 981 ft above mean sea level, adjustment of 1912; and numerous other controlled lakes, ponds and several powerplants.

DIVERSION.--Since June 2005, Otter Tail River flows are partially diverted around Breckenridge, MN. The diverted flows are measured at streamflow station Otter Tail River Diversion at Breckenridge, MN (station 05046475). Figures of discharge given here include flow through the Red River only as well as combined flows from the Red River and from station 05046475.

EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - A stage of 17.0 ft, discharge, 10,500 ft³/s, occurred in the spring of 1897.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum peak flow, 12,800 ft³/s, April 15, 1997, prior to completion of diversion channel.
PERIOD OF RECORD - Water year 1972 to 2012.