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Estimating monthly and annual streamflow statistics at ungaged sites in Idaho

January 1, 2001

Updated monthly and annual streamflow information for the many ungaged streams throughout Idaho is needed to assist planners and managers with issues regarding fish and wildlife, water rights, and other land and water uses. To provide this information, the U.S. Geological Survey used a multiple-regression analysis to develop equations for estimating daily mean discharge exceeded 80, 50, and 20 percent of the time each month (80-, 50-, and 20-percent monthly exceedances) and mean annual discharge values at ungaged sites. The analysis produced estimating equations that relate specific streamflow statistics to basin characteristics. The standard errors of estimate, in log 10 , of the final estimating equations ranged from a minimum of 0.072 (+18.1 to -15.3 percent) to a maximum of 0.498 (+214.8 to -68.2 percent). The estimating equations might not yield reliable results for sites with basin characteristic values outside of the range of values used to develop the equations. The equations also are not applicable for regulated streams or those that exhibit significant gains and (or) losses as a result of spring flow, seepage through permeable streambeds, or irrigation diversions. The equations generally were more reliable for estimating the high monthly streamflow statistics (20-percent exceedances) than for estimating the low streamflow statistics (80-percent exceedances) in each region and all streamflow statistics in regions where annual streamflow is relatively low.

Publication Year 2001
Title Estimating monthly and annual streamflow statistics at ungaged sites in Idaho
DOI 10.3133/wri014093
Authors Jon Hortness, Charles Berenbrock
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 2001-4093
Index ID wri014093
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Idaho Water Science Center