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00010 Temperature, water(Max.,Min.,Mean)  
00060 Discharge(Mean)  
00065 Gage height(Mean)  
00095 Specific cond at 25C(Max.,Min.,Mean)  

Water year 2020: 2020-10-01 to 2021-09-30

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
07312500 Wichita River at Wichita Falls, TX
LOCATION - Lat 33°54'34", long 98°32'00" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, Wichita County, TX, Hydrologic Unit 11130206, near center of stream at downstream side of bridge on Beverly Drive (Loop 11) in Wichita Falls, 4.0 mi upstream from Fort Worth and Denver Railway Co. bridge, 8.4 mi upstream from Holliday Creek, and 55.3 mi upstream from mouth.
DRAINAGE AREA - 3,140 mi² of which 2,086 mi² probably is noncontributing. (above Lake Kemp Dam).
REVISIONS HISTORY - WSP 1211: Drainage area.
PERIOD OF RECORD - Feb. 1901 to Jan. 1902 (monthly discharge only, published in WSP 1311), Oct. 1910 to Dec. 1911 (gage heights only, published in WSP 307), Mar. 1938 to current year.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder. Datum of gage is 924.26 ft above NGVD of 1929. Feb. 1901 to Jan. 1902 and Oct. 1, 1910, to Dec. 31, 1911, nonrecording gages at site 4.0 mi downstream at different datum. Mar. 30, 1938, to Dec. 1, 1959, nonrecording gage at present site and datum. Satellite telemeter at station.
REMARKS - Some records listed in the "Period of Record" for surface water and water quality may not be available electronically. Since installation of gage in Mar. 1938, at least 10% of contributing drainage area has been regulated. Since completion of Lake Kemp (station 07312000) in 1923, no outflow has passed over the spillway. Water is diverted from Lake Diversion (conservation pool storage 40,000 acre-ft) 41 mi upstream for the irrigation of 42,000 acres by the city of Wichita Falls and the Wichita County Water Improvement District No. 2 for mining, industrial, irrigation, and recreational uses. Since 2009, the city of Wichita Falls has discharged water through a pipeline from the Cypress Water Treatment Plant into the channel upstream from this station.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum discharge, 50,000 ft³/s June 8, 1915, computed by Vernon L. Sullivan, engineer for Big Wichita River Irrigation Co.
PERIOD OF RECORD - CHEMICAL DATA: Apr. 1966 to July 1975, Oct. 1981 to Sept 1989, June 1996 to Sept. 1997, Oct. 2005 to current year. BIOCHEMICAL DATA: Nov. 1981 to Aug. 1989 and June 1996 to Sept. 1997, Oct. 2005 to current year. SEDIMENT DATA: June 1942 to Oct. 1946, Apr. 1966 to July 1975.
PERIOD OF DAILY RECORD - SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE: Oct. 1, 1981 to Sept. 1989, June 1996 to Sept. 2002, Oct. 2005 to current year. TEMPERATURE: Oct. 1, 1981 to Sept. 1989, June 1996 to Sept. 2002, Oct. 2005 to current year.
INSTRUMENTATION - Water-quality monitor Oct. 1981 to Sept. 1989, June 1996 to Sept 2002, Oct. 2005 to current year.
REMARKS - Interruptions or periods of missing record may be due to instrument failure, no flow conditions, or data corrections exceeding allowable criteria, which were deleted. Other than no flow conditions, minimum and maximum extremes may have occurred during period of missing record.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE: Maximum, 21000 microsiemens/cm, July 9, 2013; minimum, 123 microsiemens/cm, Jul 17, 2014. WATER TEMPERATURE: Maximum, 36.7°C, July 13, 2013; minimum -0.2°C, Dec. 8, 9, 10, 2005, Jan. 28, 2009, Dec. 26, 2012 , Jan. 7, 2017, Jan. 1-3, 17, 18, 2018.