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New Mexico StreamStats

StreamStats for New Mexico was developed in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the U.S Forest Service.

As of September 1, 2016, StreamStats is implemented for all of New Mexico in version 3. Previously, it was implemented only for a pilot area in the northwestern part of the State. Basin delineations and computation of basin characteristics are available in version 4, but estimation of peak-flow statistics is available only in the original pilot area. This application implements regression equations for estimating instantaneous peak flows with probabilities of occurring in any given year of 50, 20, 10, 4, 2, 1, 0.5, and 0.2 percent. These statistics also are referred to as the 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, and 500-year floods. The equations in New Mexico StreamStats, the methods used to develop them, and the limitations and errors associated with using them are documented in the report: 

In addition to presentation of the equations, the report also describes the errors associated with the estimates obtained from the equations, the methods used to develop the equations, and the methods used to compute the basin characteristics included as explanatory variables in the equations. StreamStats users should familiarize themselves with the report before attempting to obtain estimates of streamflow statistics for ungaged sites. Application of the equations to ungaged sites assumes that flows at the sites occur under natural conditions. The equations in the above report supersede previous equations that were published in 1985 and 2000 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Click on this link to obtain general information on the New Mexico application, as well as specific sources and computation methods for basin characteristics.