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Methods used to reconstruct historical daily streamflows in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York, water years 1922–2010

September 10, 2018

A study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, to reconstruct streamflows for use in the RiverWare model. Methods and data used to estimate daily reconstructed streamflows at 53 sites in selected subbasins in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York are presented in the report. These subbasins contain one or more surface-water diversions that are operated or have been operated in the past by water purveyors or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Reconstructed streamflows are estimates of those streamflows that would have occurred without the effects of changes in reservoir storage or surface-water diversions by water purveyors.

Reconstructed flows at 47 sites were determined from monthly observed streamflows, changes in reservoir storage, and surface-water diversions. Monthly reconstructed streamflows were calculated directly for those months with sufficient data. Missing monthly reconstructed flows were estimated from relations between selected calculated values of monthly reconstructed flows and monthly observed flows at selected index gages. Daily reconstructed flows were determined from the disaggregation of monthly reconstructed flows on the basis of daily observed flows at selected streamgages. At six sites, reconstructed flows were determined from relations between discrete measurements of observed streamflows and daily observed streamflows at selected index gages.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Methods used to reconstruct historical daily streamflows in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York, water years 1922–2010
DOI 10.3133/sir20185068
Authors R. Edward Hickman, Amy R. McHugh
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Scientific Investigations Report
Series Number 2018-5068
Index ID sir20185068
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization New Jersey Water Science Center

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