Colorado River Basin Natural Flow and Salt Data
This documentation supports the Current Natural Flow and Salt Data for the Colorado River found on this web site.
NOTE: Several of these files are extremely large, and are best accessed by downloading before reading. To do so, "right click" on the link and select "Save Target As" to save the file to your hard drive.
Natural Flow and Salt Data IndexCurrent Natural Flow and Salt Data
Natural Flow Supporting Data
Natural Salt Supporting Data
Previous Natural Flow and Salt Data
- Summary of Consumptive Uses & Losses Data (Excel, 1.26 MB) loaded in the model by gauged reach in the Upper Basin
- Summary of Reservoir Regulation Data (Excel, 3.66 MB) including change in storage, evaporation, and change in bank storage for both mainstem and non-mainstem reservoirs in the Upper Basin
- Historical USGS gauge data (Excel, 1.66 MB) that was used to determine natural flow along with the data in the two files described above.
- The recent streamflow extension project supersedes data in the report below. Refer to the Extension report (will be released soon) in the Documentation section for a list of affected stream gauges.
- A record of data used to compute natural flow from 1906-1971 in the Upper Basin was extracted from Microfiche. These records are available in an Excel format upon request from the Upper Colorado Regional Office. The official data for natural flow from 1906-1971 does not exactly match the Microfiche for 4 gauges (09124600, 09211200, 09328500, 09355500). These differences are documented in a June 2000 status report presented to the Technical Modeling Subcommittee of the Salinity Control Forum. Reclamation intends to explore and document the resolution of these differences in the near future.
- Lower Basin Decree Accounting and reservoir regulation data are stored in Reclamation's Lower Colorado Hydrologic Data Base. These data are available upon request from the Boulder Canyon Operations Office.
- The streamflow extension project supersedes data in the report below. Refer to the extension report (Lee and Salas, 2006) in the Documentation section for a list of affected stream gauges.
- Lower Basin data from the March 1992 report Colorado River Simulation System, Hydrologic Flow and Salt Data Base for the Lower Colorado are available in an electronic format upon request from the Boulder Canyon Operations Office.
Last Updated: 31AUG2017