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  • January 22, 2018 - USGS Water Data availability during lapse in Federal funding

    Due to a lapse in Federal funding, the U.S. Geological Survey must suspend those parts of its data collection and distribution processes requiring human intervention. However, automated reporting and serving of telemetered data will continue.

    Users may note some degradation in the quality and completeness of real-time streamflow, groundwater and water-quality data from some reporting stations due to the suspension of field calibrations and adjustments, especially as high flows occur, aquatic vegetation becomes dominant, or ice forms in high altitude streams. The USGS will continue to monitor some performance aspects of its network using a skeleton workforce.

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NOTICE: Due to the lapse in appropriations, our technicians are prohibited from conducting work as Federal employees, including returning phone calls, emails, and field work/repairs until further notice. If you urgently need to speak with someone at the USGS regarding emergencies or matters of protecting life and property, call (703) 648-7411 or (703) 648-7412. For more information on the shutdown, please visit the Department of the Interior website at www.doi.gov.

Raw stage data will still be available for select COE Stations at the following link: US Army Corps - RiverGages.com; and for select NWS Stations at the following link: National Weather Service - River Observations; in case of an emergency please call our office at (608) 828-9901.



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LOCATION.--Lat 46°29'50", long 90°54'15", in NE 1/4 sec.6, T.46 N., R.4 W., Ashland County, Hydrologic Unit 04010302, at downstream end of powerplant of Lake Superior District Power Co., 0.3 mi downstream from bridge on State Highway 112 over dam, and 4.5 mi south of Ashland city limits.

DRAINAGE AREA.--301 square miles.

PERIOD OF RECORD.--May 1948 to current year.

REVISED RECORDS.--WDR WI-82-1: Drainage area. WDR WI-92-1: 1952-53(M), 1960(M), 1967(M), 1972(M), and 1978(M).

GAGE.--Water-stage recorder and crest-stage gage. Datum of gage is 660.11 ft NAVD88 (Lake Superior District Power Co. bench mark). Prior to May 20, 1976, nonrecording gage at same site and datum.

REMARKS.--Diurnal fluctuation caused by hydroelectric plant at gage.Winter discharges are periodically affected by ice, resulting in backwater and the values shown on the web being slightly high.

Discharge values displayed at this site are often affected by ice in the winter, which leads to increased uncertainty. Click HERE for more info.


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00060 Discharge 1986-10-01  2018-01-22
00065 Gage height 2017-09-24  2018-01-22

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Most recent instantaneous value: 267 01-22-2018   11:15 CST
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Daily discharge, cubic feet per second -- statistics for Jan 22 based on 68 years of record more
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120 165 180 182 200 250 267

Gage height, feet

Most recent instantaneous value: 1.72 01-22-2018   11:15 CST
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