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

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2018
06437000 BELLE FOURCHE RIVER NEAR STURGIS, SD
LOCATION - Lat 44°30'47", long 103°08'11" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SE 1/4 NW 1/4 sec.03, T.6 N., R.8 E., Meade County, SD, Hydrologic Unit 10120202, on right bank near upstream end of bridge on State Highway 34, 0.5 mi upstream from Bear Butte Creek, and 20 mi northeast of Sturgis.
DRAINAGE AREA - 5,798 mi² of which 6 mi² probably is noncontributing.
REVISIONS HISTORY - WDR SD-10-1: Drainage area.
SURFACE-WATER RECORDS
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 1945 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1309.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and crest-stage gage. Datum of gage is 2,527.31 ft above NAVD of 1988. Prior to Oct. 31, 1946, nonrecording gage at same site and datum.
REMARKS - For Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2017, records good except those for Mar. 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015, which are fair and those for estimated daily discharges, which are poor. Flow regulated by Keyhole Dam, usable capacity, 191,600 acre-ft, 246 mi upstream since Oct. 25, 1952. At a point 75 mi upstream, water is diverted to Belle Fourche Reservoir (see station 06435000), through Inlet Canal (see station 06434505), with other small diversions from the main stem and tributaries for irrigation. Total diversion for irrigation of about 60,000 acres upstream from station. Satellite data-collection platform at station. Water temperature and specific conductance measured with each discharge measurement.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD PRIOR TO REGULATION - Maximum discharge prior to Sept. 30, 1953, 17,900 ft³/s, May 24, 1946, gage height, 13.86 ft; minimum daily discharge, 0.00 ft³/s, no flow for many days in 1945 and 1950.