The StreamStats Program
StreamStats is a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) that provides users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering design applications, such as the design of bridges. StreamStats allows users to easily obtain streamflow statistics, drainage-basin characteristics, and other information for user-selected sites on streams. StreamStats users can choose locations of interest from an interactive map and obtain information for these locations. If a user selects the location of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data-collection station, the user will be provided with a list of previously published information for the station. If a user selects a location where no data are available (an ungaged site), StreamStats will delineate the drainage-basin boundary, measure basin characteristics and estimate streamflow statistics for the site. These estimates assume natural flow conditions at the site. StreamStats also allows users to identify stream reaches that are upstream or downstream from user-selected sites, and to identify and obtain information for locations along the streams where activities that may affect streamflow conditions are occurring.
Separate applications have been established for each state that has implemented StreamStats. The State Applications link at the left provides access to a web page that shows where StreamStats is available and where it is being implemented. Users can select an individual state application from the map or the pull-down list on the State Applications page to view an introductory page for the state, which contains a link to the StreamStats user interface. The introductory pages explain any unique functionality that is available for the state and provides citations to reports that document the methods implemented for the state.
In addition to the state applications, a separate application has been established for serving information for USGS data-collection stations throughout the Nation. The USGS Station Statistics link to the left provides access to this application.
Some StreamStats functionality can be made available as Web services, which allow other Web sites or desktop GIS applications to access this functionality. Web services have been developed for drainage-area delineation, regression estimates for ungaged sites, streamgaging station information, and stream reach address determinations.
StreamStats has been optimized for use with Microsoft Internet Explorer1 versions 5 and above. Other internet browsers are not supported. The application is being continually improved and expanded. Please continue to return to this page to learn of any new enhancements. Contact us if you have any questions or difficulty in using StreamStats, or to obtain information about use of StreamStats Web services.
Users should familiarize themselves with StreamStats Description, Instructions, and Limitations (using the links on the left) before utilizing the application.
The StreamStats Web application provides access to automated procedures and very large, complex data sets. These data sets are known to contain occasional errors. Users are hereby advised to carefully check all results for accuracy and to exercise their own professional judgment in evaluating the appropriateness of the results for their application. Basin delineations in particular frequently have been found to be erroneous. The Web site provides tools and base maps useful for verifying the accuracy of the basin delineations.
The U.S. Geological Survey expressly disclaims responsibility for damages or liability that may arise from use of these data.