Flow Characteristics of Selected River Basins in Mississippi

Author(s): Runner, M.

The U.S. Geological Survey has been collecting stage and flow data at select locations in Mississippi for more than 100 years. The first data collection station was built on the Tombigbee River at Columbus in 1895. Currently, continuous flow data are collected at more than 70 locations and instantaneous peak flow data at an additional 95. Stage and flow data have many uses and serve a variety of purposes filling a valuable need for both governmental agencies, academic institutions, and the general public at large.

There are many benefits to a stable streamgaging program including resource management, flood operations of structures, and flood forecasting. Most of these benefits are derived from access to current flow data, but there are benefits from long-term data sets that are not as readily apparent. One of these is the ability to use these data to detect trends in flow characteristics over time.

This report presents statistical summaries for data sets of select gages near the mouth of major river basins in Mississippi. Data for the Tombigbee, Chickasawhay, Leaf, Pascagoula, Yazoo, Big Black, and other select rivers are presented.

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