Historic USGS Streamgage on the Wabash River at Lafayette Indiana
This video will provide a brief history and purpose for one of the oldest streamgages in Indiana. The gage is at the Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana. The site number is 03335500. This video was produced at the request of the West Lafayette Parks Department where this historic gage is located. A QR code is displayed on an interpretive plaque next to the gage which is located in a high profile location within a city park adjacent to Purdue University. Park visitors can view a brief video on their smart phone which will educate them on the history of the gage and provide them with information on how to obtain current readings. The USGS WaterAlert text or email notifications is also featured. Our goal is to better educate the public on the importance of USGS streamgages in Indiana and the data we provide to the nation.
Some material in this video is copyrighted and for use by USGS only. Contact Producer for details.
Location Taken: Indianapolis, IN, US
Video Credits: Associate Producer - Jeff Woods ; Cooperators: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Louisville District, The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, The USGS National Streamflow Information Program
In March 1903, Professor G.E.
Purdue University in Lafayette established
several streamgaging stations near the
University for several months.
took over operation these gages that
summer of 1903.
These gages were some of the first
streamgages in the State of Indiana.
In July 1903, the USGS took over the
operation of the stations that were
equipped with chain gages to record water
The great flood of 1913 and those, which
occur today, have proved the importance of
Real-time data from streamgages helps
protect people and property.
The first recorded discharge measurement
at this gage was in November of 1915.
Measurements are still being taken at this
In 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps
built a concrete stilling well which still
stands today on the abandoned Brown Street
This gage was in service for 85 years up
until July of 2015.
Today’s streamgage uses the latest
technology to record and transmit water
levels of the Wabash River at Lafayette
every hour to the Web.
Real-time gage heights are transmitted
hourly and displayed as hydrographs on
Red asterisks indicate when USGS
scientists have made measurements such
here on April 20, 2013.
Boats using Acoustic Doppler technology
measure depth and velocities that are used
to determine the amount of water, or what
is called discharge, here on the Wabash
Today you can receive water alerts via
email or text when the river reaches a
gage height or discharge parameter that
Go to the site on the screen to set up
your water alert.
The USGS, along with the following
cooperators fund and maintain this gage
here in Lafayette, Indiana.
From all of us at the USGS, thank you.