Low-Flow Forecasting on the Delaware River

by Robert E. Fish,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 2, Pg. 223-232

Document Type: Journal Paper


A method is described for the design of reservoir releases to augment low flows of Delaware River, which was in the center of intensity of the 1961-1966 drought in the Northeastern United States. Index stream gages, weather forecasts, and anticipated hydroelectric plant operations are used to arrive at adequate reservoir release requirements. Low-flow augmentation to maintain certain basic rates of streamflow was provided for under the terms of a decree of the U. S. Supreme Court. A period of low flow on the Delaware River is expected every year.

Subject Headings: Low flow | Forecasting | Rivers and streams | Reservoirs | River flow | Streamflow | Hydraulic design | High-rise buildings | Delaware | United States

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