CE 251 Water Resources Planning- American River flows at Folsom monthly

Task:

1) Access the USGS website and download American River flows at Fair Oaks for 1922 through the most recent record.   

A. Plot the data on a daily, monthly, and annual basis. 
B. Identify the highest and lowest daily, monthly, and annual flow.  
C. Identify the driest 5 years and rank by annual (water year) flow volume in acre-feet.
D. Identify the wettest 5 years and rank by annual (water year) flow volume in acre-feet.
E.  From the record identify when Folsom Dam began operation, and state your reasoning.
F. Using data from CDEC discuss how the high flows from January 2006 compared to the highest daily flow that occurred after Folsom Dam began operation.

2) From CDEC download the Natural Flow (unimpaired) American River flows at Folsom monthly.

A. Compare monthly Natural Flow to historical monthly flow (from problem 1).
B. Compare annual Natural Flow to historical annual flow (from problem 1).
C. Discuss how man has influenced American River flows

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