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News Release

U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey

Release: September 29, 2003
Bob Kimbrough
253-428-3600, ext. 2608

River Flows Bounce Back After Drought In 2001

[Note: The report can be viewed on the Web at]

Rivers in Washington returned to near-normal flows, following a drought in 2001, according to a comprehensive water-data report for 2002 published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The annual report on streamflows and other water data for Washington, now available on the Web, was prepared in cooperation with the State of Washington and other agencies.

The report documents water data from the USGS’s extensive network of surface- and ground-water data collection sites throughout the state. A variety of tribes and federal, state, and local agencies use USGS data to manage water resources in Washington.

The report contains water discharge, in cubic feet per second, for 245 gaging stations on streams, canals, and drains, as well as elevation and volume for 36 lakes and reservoirs.

Data in the report are part of the National Water Data System operated by the USGS and cooperating state and federal agencies in Washington. View real-time streamflow conditions for Washington delivered via satellite at

The report, “Water Resources Data—Washington, Water Year 2002,” by R.A. Kimbrough, W.D. Wiggins, R.R. Smith, G.P. Ruppert, S.M. Knowles, and V.F. Renslow, is published as U.S. Geological Survey Water Data Report WA-02-1. The report can be viewed on the Web at . Copies can be purchased from the U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIS, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.

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