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Data for Models Estimating Baseflow for Streams Containing Endangered Atlantic Salmon in Maine, USA

July 13, 2022

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) developed a regression model for estimating August mean baseflow per square mile of drainage area to help resource managers assess relative amounts of baseflow in streams with Maine Atlantic Salmon habitat. The model was derived from August mean baseflows computed at 31 USGS streamgages in and near the Gulf of Maine Atlantic Salmon Habitat Recovery Units. An ordinary least squares regression model estimates August mean baseflow per unit drainage area using two explanatory variables: percentage of the basin underlain by sand and gravel aquifers, and the basin mean July precipitation. This model provides the means to estimate August mean baseflow in cubic feet per second per square mile of basin area on user-selected ungaged sites throughout Maine south of 46 degrees 21'55" N latitude. Estimates will support prioritization of habitat conservation and restoration work for those reaches that offer baseflow refugia during summer low-flow periods, and thus have the potential to be high-quality Atlantic Salmon habitat. This data release includes the excel file ?Data_Tables.xlsx,? which consists of three tables of data used in the development of the regression model. The data release also includes two child pages that contain (1) data for average July precipitation in Maine for 1981-2010 and (2) estimated boundaries of sand and gravel aquifers in Maine.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Data for Models Estimating Baseflow for Streams Containing Endangered Atlantic Salmon in Maine, USA
DOI 10.5066/P94OKX6S
Authors Lombard Pamela J, Sturtevant Luke P
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization New England Water Science Center