Posts Tagged ‘CFS

04
Mar
14

River Gages: Become Familiar With One Near You

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NOAA Gage Stations in Pacific NW

Whether you are planning a float trip, a fishing guide, a kayaker, a bank bound fisherman or a property owner monitoring a rising river, a river gage is an important piece of information. It may be a large measuring stick affixed to a bridge support that measures the rising waters or more sophisticated gages that measure height and CFS (Cubic Feet per Second). NOAA has such gages across the U.S. I am sure other countries have similar systems as a means of monitory flows. Become familiar with these systems for safety or whether a planned trip should be canceled due to projected blow outs of a river system.  A helpful suggestion: keep a journal or note somehow the fishable/floatable levels. Note when the river is blown out and note those levels. Note the historic floods and what is considered flood stage. Home Page NOAA. There are other excellent NW resources too: USGS Gages & Westfly

06
Feb
14

Science & such were never my strong suit……….

Sandy R plunge SwittersBWell, I was going to do some science, math, nature deal here of how much water flows over that rock per second (CFS..Cubic Feet a Second). I noted this stretch of the Sandy River (Oregon) is running at 1300 CFS, which is about average right now. Well, the science says 1 CFS fills a box 1′ x 1′ x 1′ per second. So, now I start to get lost when I picture 1300 cubic boxes right there per second. See, I spared you the whole improbable bit of boxes whizzing by over that rock. I will just stick to the image and hope for the best.




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