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Uses of Streamflow Information

Streamflow information provided by the U.S. Geological Survey is used in many ways and often the information from any give streamgage is used for not just one of the following but for many of the following purposes:

 Water resource appraisal and allocations - how much water is available and how is it being allocated?

 As part of interstate agreements, compacts, and court decrees

 Engineering design


 Identifying changes in streamflows due to changes in

 Flood planning and warning

 Streamflow forecasting

 Support of water quality sampling

 Characterizing and evaluating instream conditions

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Related topics:

Impervious surfaces  Watersheds  Rain

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