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Low-flow characteristics of streams in the lower Wisconsin River basin

Water-Resources Investigations Report 77-118

Prepared in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Abstract

Low-flow characteristics of streams in the lower Wisconsin River basin are presented. Included are estimates of low-flow frequency and flow duration at 11 gaging stations; low-flow frequency characteristics at 26 low-flow partial-record stations and 70 miscellaneous sites; and a list of low-flow discharge measurements at 155 miscellaneous sites where insufficient data were available to estimate low-flow characteristics.

Relations are provided to estimate low-flow characteristics at ungaged sites and at sites where one base-flow discharge measurement is available. The relationships were determined from multiple regression analyses that related the low-flow characteristics at gaging stations and low-flow partial-record stations to basin characteristics.

The standard error of estimate is provided for each method of estimating the annual minimum 7-day mean flow below which the flow will fall on the average of once in 2 years and once in 10 years. Standard error provides the user with the expected degree of accuracy for each method.

Low-flow characteristics estimated for the lower Wisconsin River basin have a high degree of reliability when compared with other basins in Wisconsin, Reliable estimates appear to be related to the relatively uniform geologic features in the basin.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Low-flow characteristics of streams in the lower Wisconsin River basin
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
77-118
Year Published:
1978
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description:
Report: iv, 80 p.; 2 Plates: 17.00 x 11.25 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Wisconsin
City:
Baraboo, Portage, Richland Center
Other Geospatial:
Wisconsin River
Scale:
500000
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y