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McAllister Hall has new publication: A survey of non-USGS continuous streamflow gaging networks in the Pacific Northwest

McAllister Hall, in partnership with Dr. Kendra Kaiser in the Boise State Geoscience department and Dr. Kyle Blasch from U.S. Geological Survey had a technical note published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. This was written as a result of a grant Dr. Kaiser wrote IPI into. IPI’s role was to write, distribute, and provide technical support for a survey.

Extensive streamflow data sources exist beyond the largest streamflow data provider in the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey. We developed and distributed a survey to about 300 individuals and organizations that collect streamflow data across the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, Washington). We received 100 responses with 56% of those sufficiently complete to include in the analysis. From these responses, there are about 2000 streamflow monitoring locations in the region beyond the USGS monitoring network. The duration of record for gages is related to the size of the streamflow gaging network, with small and large networks generally operating monitoring locations for less than 5 years and more than 10 years, respectively. Quality assurance and quality control are variable across organizations, with 41% of respondents having at least two review steps and 13% that audit their data for long-term consistency. Results of this survey begin to establish the differing capabilities of large and small stream gaging networks and highlight how supporting the overall quality streamflow data collection and management within the water resources community will improve our ability to harmonize these datasets in the future.

You can read the publication here.