USGS 01471510 Schuylkill River at Reading, PA

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GAGE HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE PENN STREET BRIDGE (Apr 25, 2023). LOW-FLOW GAGE HEIGHTS WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 1.9 FT HIGHER DUE TO THE CHANGE IN CONTROL.

Station gage imageSTATION.--01471510 SCHUYLKILL RIVER AT READING, PA
LOCATION.--Lat 40`20'07.3", long 75`56'12.6", Berks County, Hydrologic Unit 02040203, on the downstream side of the Penn Street bridge at Reading, 80 feet from the left bank, and 1.25 mi downstream from Tulpehocken Creek.
DRAINAGE AREA.--880 square miles.
PERIOD OF RECORD.--May 1914 to September 1915, October 1919 to September 1930 and July 1977 to current year. Prior to October 1914 monthly discharge only, published in WSP 1302. Diversion by Schuylkill Navigation Canal included during the navigation seasons of 1914-15.
GAGE.--Water-stage recorder, crest-stage gage, and unheated tipping bucket precipitation gage. Datum of gage is 185.50 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (Pennsylvania Railroad datum). May 7, 1914, to Sept. 30, 1930, and July 6, 1979, to Dec. 5, 1980, non-recording gage. June 30, 1977, to July 5, 1979, water-stage recorder at site 2,800 ft downstream on right bank at same datum. July 5, 1979 to Aug 30, 2018, water-stage recorder at site 1,300 ft downstream on left bank at same datum. Aug 30, 2018 to Apr 25, 2023, water-stage recorder at site 2,700 ft downstream on trail bridge at same datum. Satellite telemetry at station.
COOPERATION.--Funding for the operation of this station is provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District.
REMARKS.--Flow regulated by Still Creek Reservoir (station 01469200) since February 1933, Blue Marsh Lake (station 01470870) since April 1979, and to some extent by Lake Ontelaunee.
The 30-minute precipitation data for this station are temporary and will only be displayed for 120 days. Time series of 1-hour or cumulative daily values will NOT be available for retrieval following the 120-day display period. Although the instrumentation is calibrated at least once a year, the temporary classification means that documented routine inspections and other quality assurance measures are not performed that would make the data acceptable for archival, retrieval, or future use in general scientific or interpretive studies.

GAGE HEIGHTS OF IMPORTANCE.-
Supplied by USGS: Data transmitter operational limit - 53.0 ft;
Supplied by NWS: Action stage-14.5 ft; Flood stage-15.5 ft, flooding begins in Reading, portions of Water and Canal Streets are flooded; Moderate flood stage-18 ft, additional streets in Reading are closed; West Reading begins to see street flooding; Reading Conrail tracks flood; Major flood stage-22 ft, more roads in Reading flood, including the East and West bound lanes of US 222/422 (West Shore Bypass); Conrail tracks in West Reading are inundated.
This station managed by the PAWSC New Cumberland Office.

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