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Starting in December 2016 and over the following seven months, discharge data from IDA are being migrated to the National Water Information System Web Interface (NWISWeb) . This migration will occur one Water Science Center at a time (roughly by State). Once the transition is complete IDA will be discontinued. Please address any questions through the "Questions and Feedback" link above.


Since 1889 the United States Geological Survey has collected continuous stage, discharge, and other instantaneous time-series data on the nations rivers and streams. These time-series data have been and are typically recorded at intervals ranging from 5 to 60 minutes. These instantaneous data have been processed into and published as various daily values, such as the daily maximum, minimum, and/or mean. Because the published record are daily values, the original instantaneous data have not historically been officially approved, published, or made widely available. This web site has been established to make available as much historical instantaneous data from USGS data collection stations as possible. Although this site currently serves instantaneous discharge (streamflow) data only, work is planned to extend it to other time-series parameters in the future.

As described above, the USGS procedure for processing and publishing time-series data has focused on daily values as our final product and not the instantaneous values. As a result, the instantaneous values may not have been corrected and processed to the same extent as the daily values. Because of these USGS procedures, the instantaneous discharge data provided through this web site should be viewed as raw, unreviewed data. In order to provide a basic level of review and quality assurance of these data, the data have been recovered and compared against the published daily values through the use of automated filtering and computational software. Although significant effort has been made to ensure the instantaneous data available is reasonable and to remove obviously bad data, there may still be significant error in any individual value. Users are strongly encouraged to review all data carefully prior to use. These data are released on the condition that neither the USGS nor the United States Government may be held liable for any damages resulting from its use.

For further information, see About IDA.

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