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Guidance and Instructions for the Preparation of Data Furnished to the USGS for Review and Publication

The annual review by USGS personnel of furnished records is designed to ensure that furnished records are collected in accordance with USGS standards. Furnished records are provided to the USGS by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensees and other cooperating agencies as a method for reviewing and quality assuring their records so that the data are collected using methods that result in data that have an accuracy comparable to the data collected by the USGS.

The purpose of this web page is to make training information and guidelines for the preparation of furnished records available to hydrographers, administrators, resource managers, and the general public. Documents and links to technical manuals and memoranda that define data collection, data processing, and quality assurance standards for stage and streamflow collected in USGS Water Programs are provided. Links to the approved data that FERC licensees and other cooperators have furnished to USGS are also included.


FERC eLibrary


Training Information for Cooperators


Surface Water Training and Guidelines

Western Region On-Demand Surface-Water Training
https://wwwrcamnl.wr.usgs.gov/sws/SWTraining/Index.htm
The observation, sensing, and recording of stage in streams and reservoirs
https://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/tm3-a7/
Techniques and standards for making discharge measurements at streamflow gaging stations
https://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/tm3-a8/
Standards for the Analysis and Processing of Surface-Water Data and Information Using Electronic Methods
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/djvu/WRI/wrir_01_4044.pdf
Levels at gaging stations
https://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/tm3A19/
OSW Hydroacoustics Home Page: ADCP's, index velocity, training, webinars, publications, forums, software
https://hydroacoustics.usgs.gov/
USGS Techniques of Water Resources Investigations (TWRI's)
https://pubs.usgs.gov/twri/index090905.html
USGS Technical Memorandums
https://water.usgs.gov/admin/memo/
MEASUREMENT AND COMPUTATION OF STREAMFLOW
VOLUME 1. MEASUREMENT OF STAGE AND DISCHARGE
VOLUME 2. COMPUTATION OF DISCHARGE
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Supply Paper 2175
https://water.usgs.gov/pubs/wsp/wsp2175/

USGS Water Data and Reports

USGS California Water Science Center

Historical Water Data for California

USGS Surface-Water Daily Data for California

NWISWeb Realtime Streamflow Data

NWISWeb Data Retrieval

USGS Publications Warehouse