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Water-Year Summary for Site 05058500

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00065 Gage height(Mean)  

Water year 2022: 2021-10-01 to 2022-09-30

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2022
LOCATION - Lat 46°54'56", long 98°00'38" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, in SE 1/4 NW 1/4 sec.28, T.140 N., R.58 W., Barnes County, ND, Hydrologic Unit 09020204, on left bank 100 ft downstream from College Dam in Valley City and at mile 253.0.
DRAINAGE AREA - 7,810 mi² of which 5,700 mi² probably is noncontributing. including 3,800 mi² in closed basins.
REVISIONS HISTORY - WSP 1388: 1939 (M). WSP 1728: Drainage area.

DAILY DISCHARGE.--April 1919, April 1937 to September 1975; March to September 1995, March to September 1996, March to September 2002; October 1979 to current year (annual maximum discharge only). Records for July 1938, published in WSP 855, have been found to be unreliable and should not be used.

DAILY GAGE HEIGHT.--October 1979 to current year.

DISCHARGE.--October 2021 to current year.

GAGE - Water-stage recorder and concrete control. Datum of gage is 1,200.44 ft above NAVD88. Datum was converted to NAVD88 datum using the National Geodetic Surveys VDATUM transformation tool. Prior to conversion to NAVD88, gage datum was published as 1,199.27 ft above NGVD29 (levels by Army Corps of Engineers).

March 18, 1938, to October 13, 1938; non-recording gage at present site and datum of 1,199.27 ft above NGVD29 

March to Aug. 1919; non-recording gage half a mile upstream, datum unknown. 


Flow regulated by Lake Ashtabula 13 mi upstream (see station 05057500). Small diversions above station for municipal supply.

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 the 2019 and 2021 water years, when record was fair.  Estimated discharges are poor, unless otherwise noted.

EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum peak flow, 7,940 ft³/s, April 17, 2009, peak stage, 20.59 ft; maximum peak stage, 20.69 ft, April 13, 2009; minimum daily stage (since October 1979), 2.41 ft, October 2, 1990.