The Quinebaug River basin is blessed with a relatively abundant supply of water of generally good quality which is derived from precipitation that has fallen on the basin. Annual precipitation has ranged from about 30 to 67 inches and has averaged about 45 inches over a 44-year period. Approximately 21 inches of water are returned to the atmosphere each year by evaporation and transpiration; the remainder of the annual precipitation either flows overland to streams or percolates downward to the water table and ultimately flows out of the basin in the Quinebaug River. During the autumn and winter months precipitation normally is sufficient to cause a substantial increase in the amount of water stored underground and in surface reservoirs within the basin, whereas in the summer most of the precipitation is lost through evaporation and transpiration, resulting in sharply reduced streamflow and lowered ground-water levels.
|Title||Water resources inventory of Connecticut Part 1: Quinebaug River basin|
|Authors||Allan D. Randall, Mendall P. Thomas, Chester E. Thomas, John A. Baker|
|Publication Subtype||State or Local Government Series|
|Series Title||Connecticut Water Resources Bulletin|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|