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00065 Gage height(Mean)  

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

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
LOCATION - Lat 46°53'28", long 96°54'24" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in sec.31, T.140 N., R.49 W., Cass County, ND, Hydrologic Unit 09020204, on right bank at downstream side of county highway bridge, 1 mi north of West Fargo, 3 mi upstream from Maple River, and at mile 24.5.
DRAINAGE AREA - 8,870 mi² of which 5,780 mi² probably is noncontributing. including 3,800 mi² in closed basins.
REVISIONS HISTORY - WSP 1388: 1904(M). WSP 1728: Drainage area. Records for March to November 1902 and November 1905 to June 1907, published in WSP 100, 171, 207, and 245, have been found to be unreliable and should not be used.
PERIOD OF RECORD - DAILY DISCHARGE--May 1903 to October 1905, April to August 1919, October 1929 to current year. Published as "at or near Haggart" for 1902-07, 1919. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1308.

PERIOD OF RECORD.--DAILY GAGE HEIGHT--March to November 1902, October 2000 to current year.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder. Datum of gage is 878.13 ft above NAVD88. Datum was converted to NAVD88 datum using the National Geodetic Surveys VDATUM transformation tool. Prior to conversion to NAVD88, datum of gage was published as 877.19 ft above NGVD29.

June 27, 1933, to September 1969, recording gage 600 ft downstream at datum of 877.19 ft above NGVD29.

September 1929 to June 27, 1933, non-recording gage 600 ft downstream at datum of 877.19 ft above NGVD29.

March 1902 to April 1906 and March to August 1919, non-recording gage .75 mi upstream at different datum.


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 fair except for estimated discharges, which are poor, unless otherwise noted.

REGULATION.--Flow regulated to a large degree by Lake Ashtabula (station 05057500), 246 mi upstream. Since March 1993, flood flows that are diverted from the Sheyenne River just downstream from gaging station Sheyenne River above Sheyenne River Diversion near Horace (station 05059300) bypass this station. These flows are measured at streamflow station Sheyenne River Diversion at West Fargo (station 05059480). Figures of discharge given here include flow of the bypass. During some years, flow is diverted from just above the station into the Red River of the North in order to maintain adequate supply for municipal uses. Figures of daily discharge do not include this diversion.

EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum peak flow, 4,830 ft³/s, April 29, 2011, all flow through diversion channel; peak stage, 22.66 ft; maximum peak stage in diversion channel, 22.90 ft, April 9, 1997, backwater from ice.
PERIOD OF RECORD - Water year 1969 to 2012.