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

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USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
LOCATION - Lat 57°03'05", long 135°13'40" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SW 1/4 sec.34, T.55 S., R.64 E., City & Borough of Sitka, AK, Hydrologic Unit 19010212, (Sitka A-4 quad.), on Baranof Island, in Tongass National Forest, on left bank 500 ft upstream from mouth, 1.6 mi downstream from Blue Lake, and 4.0 mi east of Sitka.
DRAINAGE AREA - 38.7 mi².
REVISIONS HISTORY - WSP 1372: 1921-22 and 1928-36.
PERIOD OF RECORD - September 1920 to December 1923, February 1928 to September 1942, October 1945 to September 1957, 1994 (peak discharge only, published in WRD AK 95-1), and May 2001 to current year. Records prior to 1945 furnished by U.S. Forest Service.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and crest-stage gage. Elevation of gage is sea level, from topographic map. Prior to April 1947, staff gages or water-stage recorders at several sites within 1,700 ft of present site at various datums. April 1947 to September 1957 at site about 200 ft upstream at different datum.
REMARKS - Minor regulation above station by Sitka Public Utilities hydroelectric plant during periods 1920-23 and 1937-42. In 1959, Blue Lake Dam, 1.6 mi upstream, was completed. The area of the lake is 1225 acres. The dam is concrete with a spillway elevation of 342.0 ft above sea level. In 1960, the Blue Lake Hydro plant, located 400 ft downstream from gage, was put into operation. Water is taken from Blue Lake and piped via a penstock to Blue Lake hydro, through 2-3,000 kw turbines and discharged back into Sawmill Creek just below high tide level. This penstock also provides water for the City of Sitka and for the filter plant for the Sitka Sawmill. In the years following, Campground Hydro, a smaller generation plant was constructed about 1,000 ft below Blue Lake Dam. It also has a penstock from Blue Lake and discharges directly into Sawmill Creek. A fish bypass valve has been installed at Campground Hydro that automatically releases 50 ft³/s to the tailrace anytime the hydro plant is shut down. Another small generator was installed just above the Sawmill Filter Plant diversion from Blue Lake Hydro penstock with the capability of bypassing the filter plant and discharging back into Sawmill Creek above the gage site. Water that went to the filter plant was piped to the sawmill and eventually discharged directly into Silver Bay. The sawmill has since closed and water is now supplied to Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. Flow is constantly regulated except when Blue Lake is spilling.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - It was reported that in October 1972, a storm produced a peak elevation at Blue Lake of 353.0 ft or 11.0 ft of spill at the spillway. Extending the spillway rating, this flood was estimated to be 17,000 ft³/s. It was reported to have been the largest since 1921.
PERIOD OF RECORD - Water years 2018 to current year.
PERIOD OF DAILY RECORD - WATER TEMPERATURE: Febuary 2018 to current year.

A Design Analysis H-522 DCP with GOES.  A Water-log temperature probe for water and tipping bucket for rain gage set to log at 15 min intervals.  

EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Water Temperature Maximum:  13 C September 26, 2018. Minimum: 1.1 C March 2, 2018