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Station Status:

Operational, Active Telemetry

Recent (Day/Week/Month/Year) data are telemetered hourly-raw data.
Corrected data is available for download in the “Historical Data” tab.
General site description is available in the “Site Info” tab.
For questions or assistance with this data, please contact Jim McNamara.


  • recent day - updated every 6 hours
    recent day discharge graph
    recent day conductivity graph
    recent day water temp graph
    recent day voltage graph


  • recent week- updated every 6 hours
    recent week discharge graph
    recent week conductivity graph
    recent week water temp graph
    recent week voltage graph


  • recent month- updated every 6 hours
    recent month discharge graph
    recent month conductivity graph
    recent month water temp graph
    recent month voltage graph


  • recent year - updated every 6 hours
    recent year discharge graph
    recent year conductivity graph
    recent year water temp graph
    recent year voltage graph

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    river height measurements

    Lower Gauge

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    Lower Gage during snowmelt/spring

    DCEW Site: Lower Gauge
    Location (Lat/Long): 43.68834, -116.17862
    Elevation: 1036 m
    Reporting Since: 1999

    Site Notes: Lower Gauge (LG) site provides an outlet stream flow measurement for Dry Creek Experimental Watershed (DCEW). Instrumentation at this site has provided continuous in-stream water level stage data, as well as stream temperature, and conductivity. On site measurement of stream discharge is compared to site staff gauge height to provide a current rating curve validated or updated numerous times each year across the full discharge range. This rating curve is used to output continuous discharge data. Water samples have been collected at this site for analysis at weekly to monthly intervals since 2004, initially for major ions and more recently to include cations and oxygen isotopes.

    Across DCEW, bedrock is predominantly fractured granodiorite with minor pegmatite occurrences. Minor fluvial, lacustrine and volcanic deposits occur adjacent to and down gradient from LG , as well as at rare ridge top locations above LG. Channel lithology is predominantly granitic boulder, cobble and sand with minimal to moderate floodplain presence, although on-bank vegetation is abundant. Terrain across DCEW is steep with thin sandy soils. Riparian vegetation is thick including willow and cottonwood, while low elevation hill slope vegetation is sparse brush and grass cover grading to thick shrub stands and Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forest in the upper elevations, particularly on north-facing aspects. Stream flow from Dry Creek and Shingle Creek headwaters is south-southwest, spanning over 2000 m relief and 27 km² distance. For the ten year period 1999-2009, rare low flow/zero discharge occurred, late August, while annual peak discharge varied from 0.41-4.51 m³/s (generally occurring early April following snowmelt).