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Water year 2023: 2022-10-01 to 2023-09-30

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2023
LOCATION - Lat 48°08'18", long 100°32'22" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SE 1/4 SE 1/4 sec.22, T.154 N., R.77 W., McHenry County, ND, Hydrologic Unit 09010003, on right bank 400 ft south of county highway bridge, 9 mi upstream from mouth, and 5 mi northeast of Karlsruhe.
DRAINAGE AREA - 705 mi² of which 420 mi² probably is noncontributing.

WSP 1728: Drainage area.

Revisions: Discharge for the period April 13, 2023, to April 16, 2023, was revised on Sept. 12. 2023, based on changes to the stage-discharge as period was affected by backwater conditions. The estimated maximum discharge for water year was revised on Sept. 12, 202 based on ice estimates over the peak period. 
PERIOD OF RECORD - DAILY DISCHARGE--March 1937 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1308.

PERIOD OF RECORD.--DAILY GAGE HEIGHT--October 2000 to current year.

Datum of the gage is 1,501.40 feet above North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) and 1,500 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD29).

For a detailed gage datum history, please use the blue 'questions or comments' tab on the bottom of the site's monitoring location page.

March 1937 to September 30, 1994, at site 5 mi downstream, at datum 20 ft lower.

REMARKS - 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.--Some regulation by Fish and Wildlife Service dams on Cottonwood and Wintering Lakes, controlled capacity, about 850 acre-ft.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum peak flow, 3,000 ft³/s, April 7, 1949, by velocity-area study. Maximum peak stage, 12.0 ft, April 7, 1949, channel choked by packed snow, site and datum then in use.
PERIOD OF RECORD - Water years 1954-56, 1972 to current year.