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Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves

Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves are log-log plots comparing channel dimensions (top width, mean depth, and cross-sectional area) at 'bankfull' or effective discharge (usually between the 1.1 and 1.9 year return interval) versus drainage area.

The National Water Management Center (NWMC) is working with other Federal, State, and Local agencies to develop Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves across the country. We are organizing data by Physiographic Provinces (see map below). If you have data you would like to contribute and/or a link to a webpage you would like us to add, please contact us by clicking on the webmaster link.

 

Physiographic Map of Contingeous United States
Physiographic Map - Click on Image for larger version (182 KB)

 

Physiographic Map Reference: Fenneman, Nevin M., 1946, Physical Divisions of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey, scale 1:7,000,000.

SITES & DATA

Small Exit SignNOTE: click on SECTION links to view regional curves or click on SITES links to view information on individual sites. (Most of the links are external.)

MAJOR DIVISION PROVINCE SECTION SITES
Laurentian Upland 1. Superior Upland    
Atlantic Plain 2. Continental Shelf    
3. Coastal Plain a. Embayed Section  
b. Sea Island Section NC State University - NC Stream Restoration Institute
Bankfull Regional Curves for the Coastal Plain Physiographic Province of North Carolina
USFWS- Bankfull Discharge and channel characteristics of streams in the Coastal Plain hydrologic region
c. Floridian Section Regional Channel Characteristics for Maintaining Natural Fluvial Geomorphology in Florida Streams
d. East Gulf Coastal Plain  
e. Mississippi Alluvial Plain  
f. West Gulf Coastal Plain  
Appalachian Highlands 4. Piedmont Province a. Piedmont Upland NC State University - NC Stream Restoration Institute
USGS- Development of regional curves of bankfull-channel geometry and discharge for streams in the non-urban, Piedmont Physiographic Province, Pennsylvania and Maryland
USFWS- Bankfull discharge characteristics of streams in the Piedmont Hydrologic Region
b. Piedmont Lowlands USGS- Development of regional curves of bankfull-channel geometry and discharge for streams in the non-urban, Piedmont Physiographic Province, Pennsylvania and Maryland
USGS - Regional curve development and selection of a reference reach in the non-urban, lowland sections of the Piedmont Physiographic Province, Pennsylvania and Maryland
USFWS- Bankfull discharge characteristics of streams in the Piedmont Hydrologic Region
5. Blue Ridge Province a. Northern Section USFWS- Bankfull Discharge and channel characteristics of streams in the Allegheny Plateau and Valley and Ridge hydrologic region
b. Southern Section NC State University - NC Stream Restoration Institute
6. Valley and Ridge Province a. Tennessee Section USGS- Regional Curves Project
b. Middle Section USFWS- Bankfull Discharge and channel characteristics of streams in the Allegheny Plateau and Valley and Ridge hydrologic region
USGS - Development and Analysis of Regional Curves for Streams in the Non-Urban Valley and Ridge Physiographic Province, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia
c. Hudson Valley Section  
7. St. Lawrence Valley a. Champlain Section  
b. Northern Section  
8. Appalachian Plateaus a. Mohawk Section  
b. Catskill Section Optimizing Catskill Mountain Regional Bankfull Discharge and Hydraulic Geometry Relationships
c. Southern New York Section Regionalized Equations for Bankfull-Discharge and Channel Characteristics of Streams in New York State: Hydrologic Region 5 in Central New York
d. Allegheny Mountain Section  
e. Kanawha Section  
f. Cumberland Plateau Section  
g. Cumberland Mountain Section  
9. New England Province a. Seaboard Lowland Section  
b. New England Upland Section Vermont DEC Geomorphic Assessment
Norwalk River at South Wilton, CT
Saugatuck River Nr Redding, CT
USGS Hydraulic Geometry Relations for Rivers in Coastal and Central Maine
c. White Mountain Section  
d. Green Mountain Section  
e. Taconic Section  
10. Adirondack Province    
Interior Plains 11. Interior Low Plateaus a. Highland Rim Section  
b. Lexington Plain  
c. Nashville Basin  
12. Central Lowland a. Eastern lake Section  
b. Western lake Section  
c. Wisconsin Driftless Section  
d. Till Plains  
e. Dissected Till Plains  
f. Osage Plains Development of bankfull discharge and channel geometry relationships for natural channel design in Oklahoma using a fluvial geomorphic approach
13. Great Plains Province a. Missouri Plateau, glaciated  
b. Missouri Plateau, unglaciated  
c. Black Hills  
d. High Plains  
e. Plains Border  
f. Colorado Piedmont  
g. Raton Section  
h. Pecos Valley  
i. Edwards Plateau  
j. Central Texas Section  
Interior Highlands 14. Ozark Plateaus a. Springfield-Salem Plateaus Baron Fork at Eldon, OK
Baron Fork at Dutch Mills, AR
Flint Creek near Kansas, OK
Flint Creek at Springtown, AR
Flint Creek near West Siloam Springs, OK
Spavinaw Creek Near Sycamore, OK
b. Boston "Mountains" Devleopment of bankfull discharge and channel geometry relationships for natural channel design in Oklahoma using a fluvial geomorphic approach
15. Ouachita Province a. Arkansas Valley  
b. Ouachita Mountains  
Rocky Mountain System 16. Southern Rocky Mountains    
17. Wyoming Basin    
18. Middle Rocky Mountains    
19. Northern Rocky Mountains    
Intermontane Plateaus 20. Columbia Plateaus a. Walla Walla Plateau  
b. Blue Mountain Section  
c. Payette Section  
d. Snake River Plain  
e. Harney Section  
21. Colorado Plateaus a. High Plateaus of Utah  
b. Uinta Basin  
c. Canyon Lands  
d. Navajo Section  
e. Grand Canyon Section  
f. Datil Section  
22. Basin and Range Province a. Great Basin  
b. Sonoran Desert  
c. Salton Trough  
d. Mexican Highlands  
e. Sacramento Section  
Pacific Mountain System 23. Cascade-Sierra Mountains a. Northern Cascade Mountains  
b. Middle Cascade Mountains  
c. Southern Cascade Mountains  
d. Sierra Nevada  
24. Pacific Border Province a. Puget Trough  
b. Olympic Mountains  
c. Oregon Coast Range  
d. Kiamath Mountains Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves of the South Umpqua Area in Southwestern Oregon
e. California Trough  
f. California Coast Ranges  
g. Los Angeles Range  
25. Lower Californian Province    

 

PROCEDURE INFORMATION

Within the procedure information page you will find information on site selection and site survey process used by the National Water Management Center.

GLOSSARY

The glossary page contains definitions and references for many of the terms used in geomorphology and the development of Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves.

LINKS

Within the links page you will find links to similar web pages on regional hydraulic geometry curves and other hydrology and geomorphology pages.

 

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