More information on Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River
Hydrologic Data System

Message of the Day



Hello From Buffalo National River's Hydrologic Data System Operator
------------------Message Posted October 28, 2002------------------
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IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE: Congratulations, you have once again found your way back
to the Hydrologic Data System.  This time we had to move as a result of
information technology related security issues within the Department of the
Interior.  In other words, you have some computer hackers to thank for making our
a little more complicated.  On the good side, I hope we can provide faster
service and have less down time, we also have a domain name now
                     buffaloriverandrain.com
Bring on the fall rains...  
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The U.S. Geological Survey has made two new gauges accessible to the
public. One site is located at the upper end of Boxley Valley (about 8 miles
upstream from Ponca) and can be accessed via the internet at

 http://arkweb.er.usgs.gov/rt-cgi/gen_stn_pg?station=07055646

The Boxley station has been collecting stream stage data for several years through
a data-logger system, but a cooperative program between the USGS and the 
National Weather Service has allowed conversion of this site to a satellite
uplink and subsequent reporting via the internet.  There appears to be about
a 2 to 4 hour lag time on the data display.

We have also cooperated with the USGS to install a gauging station on Calf Creek near
Tyler Bend.  This gauge can be accessed via the internet at:

http://arkweb.er.usgs.gov/rt-cgi/gen_stn_pg?station=07055893

This gauge is chiefly intended to facilitate water quality studies.

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SUGGESTION:  Become accustomed to navigating the "Watershed Maps"
screen.  Each circle or triangle on this screen has sublayers you can
access by clicking the circle or triangle when the little pointing hand appears.
Especially useful for whitewater types is the first circle at the top, gives a 
neat report.  Check it out.

You can access U.S. Geolgical Survey stream gauges for the Buffalo River at
Highway 65, Richland Creek, and Bear Creek from the bottom of the river
level plots screen.

River gauges are accurate to plus or minus 0.2 feet and have 
a range of 0 to 30 feet.

To Rangers:  If you happen to get a visual at one of the four river staff
gauges, please note the date and time and level and email info. to me for
calibration.

To External Users:  Please email me at david_mott@nps.gov
or call (870) 741-5446, ext. 273 if you have comments or questions
pertaining to the system.

Thanks...and happy Rangering/Floating

David Mott