USGS Water-Year Summary 2019
11074000 Santa Ana River below Prado Dam, CA
LOCATION - Lat 33°53'00", long 117°38'40" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, Riverside County, CA, Hydrologic Unit 18070203, in La Sierra Grant, on left bank of outlet channel, 2,500 ft downstream from axis of Prado Dam, and 4.5 mi west of Corona.
DRAINAGE AREA - 2,258 mi² of which 768 mi² probably is noncontributing. above Lake Elsinore.
- 12/06/2016: Unit and daily value water temperature and specific conductance from April 8, 2016 through Sept. 8, 2016 have been revised superseding those published at http://waterdata.usgs.gov site 11074000.
PERIOD OF RECORD - May 1930 to November 1939 (irrigation seasons only), March 1940 to current year. Published as "at Santa Fe Railroad Bridge, near Prado" May 1930 to November 1931, as "at Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Bridge, near Prado" May 1932 to November 1939, and as "below Prado Dam, near Prado" March 1940 to September 1950.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and concrete control August 1944 through Apr. 25, 2005, and since Nov. 14, 2005. Datum of gage is approximately 449 ft above NGVD of 1929 (levels by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). Prior to Mar. 18, 1940, at about same site at various datums. From Apr. 26, 2005, to Nov. 13, 2005, gage was located on right bank of a temporary bypass (diversion) channel, in use during the construction of an improved outlet channel from Prado Dam. Temporary gage was at a different datum. From Nov. 14, 2005 to Oct. 7, 2008, gage was located on right bank of reconstructed outlet channel. Since Oct. 7, 2008, gage is located on left bank of channel.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - Flood of Mar. 2, 1938, reached a discharge of 100,000 ft³/s, on basis of slope-area measurement of peak flow at site 2.5 mi downstream.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum discharge, 13,200 ft³/s, Jan. 15, 2005, gage height, 8.73 ft, site and datum then in use, from rating curve extended above 11,600 ft³/s; minimum daily, 2.4 ft³/s, July 29 to Aug. 3, Sept. 20, 1978 (result of gate closure).
PERIOD OF RECORD - Water years 1967 to current year.
CHEMICAL DATA: Water years 1967 to current year.
BIOLOGICAL DATA: Water years 1975-81.
SEDIMENT DATA: Water years 1974-94, 1999 to current year.
PERIOD OF DAILY RECORD -
SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE: February 1968 to current year.
WATER TEMPERATURE: October 1969 to current year.
CHLORIDE: October 1970 to September 1971.
SUSPENDED-SEDIMENT DISCHARGE: October 1973 to June 1982.
INSTRUMENTATION - Water-quality monitor recording specific conductance and water temperature since October 1969. On October 26th 2016 (QM 3915) Continuous water quality equipment setup (YSI 600R)moved to ~30 ft down stream of the gage house.