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Potomac River Flow Above Normal In February
Released: 3/5/1996

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  • Flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., was above normal in February, continuing the trend of above normal flow that began in January in response to snow and rain, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Average daily flow for the month was 15 billion gallons per day (bgd), 44 percent above normal. The lowest daily flow in February, 9.4 bgd, was slightly less than the long-term February average flow of 10.4 bgd. The highest daily flow was 24.4 bgd on Feb. 1.
  • Total freshwater inflow to the Chesapeake Bay from major rivers was also well above normal in February, at about 92 bgd, 36 percent higher than the average February inflow of 67.4 bgd.
  • Ground-water levels in the Washington area were above normal in February. At the USGS observation well in Montgomery County, Md., the ground-water level was 11 feet below the land surface, one-half foot above the long-term average.
  • Diversions of Potomac River water for municipal use averaged about 377 million gallons per day, about four percent more than February of last year.
  • Contents of the Baltimore reservoir system increased to 85,750 million gallons in February, about 14 percent above average for the month. All reservoirs in the system are full at present.
  • AT 10:00 A.M., TUES, MAR. 5, 1996, FLOW OF THE POTOMAC RIVER NEAR THE DISTRICT WAS ABOUT 13 BGD.


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