Year End Summary for 2016

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2016
Station Manager: JIPOGORE
Data Manager: JIPOGORE

Prepared By:
Jim Pogorelc (jipogore)
218-328-8819 (JIM.POGORELC@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Ben Kiefer (bekiefer)
507-537-6605 (BEN.KIEFER@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 04/14/2016.  
Snowmelt conditions:  Snowpack was light near Lake Superior but away from the
lake, in the higher terrain, snow depths reached 30 inches. Snowmelt began on 3/6
when high temps reached 50 degrees. Temps stayed above 50 for about a week. Most
of the snow was gone near the lake by 3/14 but several small snow events occured
from 3/17 to 4/6. The snow pack in the higher terrain was gone from the landscape
by about mid April.
Periods the stream was out of its banks:  Bankful is estimated to be around a
stage of 12.5ft. River exceeded this stage from 04/18 to 04/23, 04/25 to 04/27,
and 11/28 to 11/30.
Periods of low or no flow:  Periods of low flow occured from the end of July
through fall with several rain events between that caused moderate flows. Lowest
computed Q was about 20cfs on 09/05/16.
Significant climatic events:  2016 Climate Summary -
Northeast


January		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201601&div=MN03
February	
              
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201602&div=MN03
March		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201603&div=MN03
April		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201604&div=MN03
May		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201605&div=MN03
June		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201606&div=MN03
July		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201607&div=MN03
August		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201608&div=MN03
September	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201609&div=MN03
October		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201610&div=MN03
November	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201611&div=MN03
December	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201612&div=MN03

Gridded
Monthly Precipitation Totals: The synthetic data are made up of regularly-spaced
grid nodes whose values were calculated using data interpolated from Minnesota's
spatially and temporally irregular precipitation data base. Grids were prepared
using the National Weather Service data from 1891 to 1972. For the period 1973 to
the present, the High Spatial Density Precipitation Network (HIDEN) data (which
includes NWS data) are
used.
http://climate.umn.edu/gridded_data/precip/monthly/csg_lookup.htm?site_id=01063003

HydroClim
Minnesota is monthly electronic newsletter summarizing Minnesota's climate
conditions and the resulting impact on water
resources.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hydroclim/index.html

The Hydrologic
Conditions Report is prepared monthly by the DNR Division of Ecological and Water
Resources and provides general information concerning the various water resources
across Minnesota. The report places current values of precipitation, stream
flows, lake levels and ground water levels in historical
context.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/current_conditions/hydro_conditions.html


Flow Data Summary
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Site visits to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at
a frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  There was intermittant logging issues from 08/30/16 to 09/07/16. There
was enough data between gaps to accurately estimate.
Other stage data collection factors:  No other issues.
13 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  6 measurements
were taken with ice affecting the control.
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  The highest recorded stage was 13.97.
Max rated stage is 14.35.
Flow measurements were taken this year with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or
with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover less than 70% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  
Flow measurements cover up to or above 40% of the highest recorded season/annual
discharge.  The highest computed Q was 860 cfs (11/29/16) and the highest
measured flow was 549 cfs (4/20/16), 64% of the highest seasonal total.
This is a stable site.  Although a new rating was created for 2016 to account for
minor adjustments, the channel is rock and bedrock lined.]
The rating is well developed over this year's range of flows when considering
both quality and quantity of measurements.  Most flow regimes were measured in
2016 and the rating is well developed.]
Site visits to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  No shifts other than ice shifts were required in 2016.
Adequate flow measurements were taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  


Precipitation Data Summary
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The precipitation record either did not track correctly or was not complete for
some parts of the monitoring season.  Rain gage had an issue collecting precip
starting at the begining of July until 9/7 when the issue was resolved. Rain gage
only recorded 0.07 inches from 7/1 to 8/16. Deleted precip record from 7/1 until
8/16 when it started recording some precip again. The logger on site was swapped
with a logger that had issues logging data so there is no data from 8/30 to 9/7.
The overall precip total for the year does not compare well to an adjacent
station.  The site tracked about 69% of what climatology showed.
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was calibrated within the last three years.  


Water Quality Data Summary
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Please see the MPCA Environmental Data Access system for Water Quality results. 
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/customPHP/eda/stationInfo.php?ORG=MNPCA&wdip=2&ID=S004-406
 


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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2016
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Flow   = Good Archived Daily Value (QQC=30)
Precip = Poor Archived Daily Value (PQC=32)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2015

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2015
Station Manager: JIPOGORE
Data Manager: JIPOGORE

Prepared By:
Jonathon Libbey (jolibbey)
218-999-7820 (JONATHON.LIBBEY@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Dan Plovnick (daplovni)
651-539-2114 (DANIEL.PLOVNICK@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 04/12/2015.  
Snowmelt conditions:  Snowpack was light across the region during the winter and
spring months of 2015. The snowpack had slowly melted from the landscape and was
gone by 3/21-3/23. There was little to no response from the river to the
snowmelt.
Periods the stream was out of its banks:  Site inspection notes and a cross
section survey note that the river goes out of banks at a stage of 12.5. Bankful
was exceeded on 11/18 to 11/19. 
Periods of low or no flow:  The lowest flows were in early October and got down
to about 13 cfs. 
Significant climatic events:  2015 Climate Summary -
Northeast

January		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201501&div=MN03
February		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201502&div=MN03
March		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201503&div=MN03
April		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201504&div=MN03
May		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201505&div=MN03
June		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201506&div=MN03
July		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201507&div=MN03
August		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201508&div=MN03
September	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201509&div=MN03
October		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201510&div=MN03
November	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201511&div=MN03
December	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201512&div=MN03

Gridded
Monthly Precipitation Totals: The synthetic data are made up of regularly-spaced
grid nodes whose values were calculated using data interpolated from Minnesota's
spatially and temporally irregular precipitation data base. Grids were prepared
using the National Weather Service data from 1891 to 1972. For the period 1973 to
the present, the High Spatial Density Precipitation Network (HIDEN) data (which
includes NWS data) are
used.
http://climate.umn.edu/gridded_data/precip/monthly/csg_lookup.htm?site_id=01063003

HydroClim
Minnesota is monthly electronic newsletter summarizing Minnesota's climate
conditions and the resulting impact on water
resources.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hydroclim/index.html

The Hydrologic
Conditions Report is prepared monthly by the DNR Division of Ecological and Water
Resources and provides general information concerning the various water resources
across Minnesota. The report places current values of precipitation, stream
flows, lake levels and ground water levels in historical
context.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/current_conditions/hydro_conditions.html


Flow Data Summary
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Site visits to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at
a frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record either did not track correctly or was not complete for some
parts of the monitoring season.  There were bubbler complications that resulted
in the loss of data from 08/13 to 08/27. There were two MPCA inspections
during
this time period that aided in estimated these data. 
Stage was accurate and complete during all moderate to high flow periods this
season.  
Incorrect or missing stage values were accurately adjusted or estimated using a
technique that introduced less than 5% error in total seasonal flow volume.  With
the aid of MPCA inspections, data was adjusted accurately during this time
period.
Other stage data collection factors:  No other equipment problems.
11 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  The highest open water stage was 12.71
ft on 11/18. The highest gaged stage was 12.55 on 11/18. Notes indicated that the
river was out of banks but measurement was on the rating and the rating did not
need to be extrapolated to account for it. 
Flow measurements were taken this year with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or
with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  Measurements were
taken at several different stages through out the year, including near the
highest stage. 
Flow measurements cover a wide range of flows, up to at least 70% of the highest
recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  The highest computed 15 minute Q was 798 cfs
on 11/18. The highest measured Q was 686 cfs on 11/18 for 86% measured.  
The rating is not well developed over this year's range of flows when considering
quality and quantity of measurements.  The rating is not well developed over the
range of this years flows. 
The rating has at least five measurements over the full range of this year's
flows.  
Site visits to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the
monitoring season.  There were no open water shifts all year. 


Precipitation Data Summary
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The precipitation record either did not track correctly or was not complete for
some parts of the monitoring season.  Record is accurate but lost 7 days of data
from a blown fuse in August. Climatology reported 2.79 inches of rain during that
time.
The overall precip total for the year compares well to an adjacent station.  
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was calibrated within the last three years.  New rain bucket
installed on 4/1/15.


Water Quality Data Summary
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Please see the MPCA Environmental Data Access system for Water Quality results. 
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/customPHP/eda/stationInfo.php?ORG=MNPCA&wdip=2&ID=S004-406
 


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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2015
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Flow   = Fair Archived Daily Value (QQC=31)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2014

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2014
Station Manager: JIPOGORE
Data Manager: JIPOGORE

Prepared By:
Jonathon Libbey (jolibbey)
218-999-7820 (JONATHON.LIBBEY@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Dan Plovnick (daplovni)
651-539-2114 (DANIEL.PLOVNICK@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 04/22/2014.  
Snowmelt conditions:  Partner inspection on 4/24 indicated 75% of snow at the
site had melted but more snow remained higher in the watershed. On 5/5 partner
inspection indicated most of the snow up in the watershed had melted over the
past few days. Temps in the 50's and lows above freezing as well as over 1.5" of
rain contributed to the snowmelt from 4/30-5/5. 
Periods the stream was out of its banks:  Bankful is estimated around 12.5 ft by
using MPCA inspections and pictures. With this assumption, the river was out of
banks 05/04/14 to 05/18/14. Again it peaked out of banks on 05/21/14, 06/03/14,
and 07/05/14. 
Periods of low or no flow:  The lowest open water flow was 43.4 cfs on 11/01/14. 
Significant climatic events:  2014 Climate Summary -
Northeast

January		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201401&div=MN03
February	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201402&div=MN03
March		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201403&div=MN03
April		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201404&div=MN03
May		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201405&div=MN03
June		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201406&div=MN03
July		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201407&div=MN03
August		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201408&div=MN03
September	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201409&div=MN03
October		http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201410&div=MN03
November	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201411&div=MN03
December	http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_csg.html?yyyymm=201412&div=MN03

Gridded
Monthly Precipitation Totals: The synthetic data are made up of regularly-spaced
grid nodes whose values were calculated using data interpolated from Minnesota's
spatially and temporally irregular precipitation data base. Grids were prepared
using the National Weather Service data from 1891 to 1972. For the period 1973 to
the present, the High Spatial Density Precipitation Network (HIDEN) data (which
includes NWS data) are
used.
http://climate.umn.edu/gridded_data/precip/monthly/csg_lookup.htm?site_id=01063003

HydroClim
Minnesota is monthly electronic newsletter summarizing Minnesota's climate
conditions and the resulting impact on water
resources.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hydroclim/index.html

The Hydrologic
Conditions Report is prepared monthly by the DNR Division of Ecological and Water
Resources and provides general information concerning the various water resources
across Minnesota. The report places current values of precipitation, stream
flows, lake levels and ground water levels in historical
context.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/current_conditions/hydro_conditions.html


Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  No equipment problems were noted this
monitoring season.
11 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  The highest logged stage was 13.55 ft
on 05/13/14. The highest gaged stage was 13.00 ft on 05/14/14. 
Flow measurements were taken this year with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or
with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  There was a
period of time slighlty longer than five weeks between the 08/28/14 and 10/08/14
inspection. There were 3 smaller rain events between this period where the river
rose.
Flow measurements cover less than 70% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  
Flow measurements cover up to or above 40% of the highest recorded season/annual
discharge.  The highest 15 min Q was 2900 cfs on 05/13/14. The highest gaged flow
was 1345 cfs the next day on 05/14/14 for a 46% difference.
This is not a stable site.  Measurements during 2014 followed an obvious trend
that the large rain events that scoured the channel in 2013 and 2014 justified
making a new rating for 2014. Being the channel is made up of mostly boulders and
large rock, it should stabilize unless another record breaking flow occurs.
The rating is not well developed over this year's range of flows when considering
quality and quantity of measurements.  The high end of the rating is based off
the highest flow measurement for 2014 which is much lower than the high flows in
2013. The channel was noted to be scoured out and the measurements in the low/
mid range confirm this. 
The rating has less than five measurements over the full range of this year's
flows.  The rating is a little sparse on the high end in the 400-600 range and
above 1390 cfs. 
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  Refer
to previous question. There was a time period slightly longer than 5 weeks. 
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the
monitoring season.  


Precipitation Data Summary
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The precipitation record tracked correctly and was complete for the monitoring
season.  Site tracked well, recording 88% of what climatology reported for the
monitoring season. The monitoring season lasted from 4/14/14 to 11/4/14.
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  It was checked 6 times during the monitoroing
season. 
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  Rain bucket is located on the golf cart bridge away
from trees.
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  Last calibrated
10/19/09.


Water Quality Data Summary
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Please see the MPCA Environmental Data Access system for Water Quality results. 
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/customPHP/eda/stationInfo.php?ORG=MNPCA&wdip=2&ID=S004-406
 


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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2014
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2013

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2013
Station Manager: DAPLOVNI
Data Manager: DAPLOVNI

Prepared By:
Jonathon Libbey (jolibbey)
218-999-7820 (JONATHON.LIBBEY@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Andrea Bergman (anbergma)
651-539-2101 (ANDREA.BERGMAN@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 04/28/2013.  
Snowmelt conditions:  The bulk of the snowmelt occurred between 4/26-5/1 and
caused only the fifth highest peak of the year.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  Inspections during the July
2013 high flow events did not mention out of bank flow. Due to the high gradient,
the velocity tends to increase moreso than the stage during high flows at the
site.
There were no periods of low or no flow during the entire year.  The minimum
recorded open-water flows in 2013 were around 60 cfs, where in 2012 flows were in
the 20s in early fall.
Significant climatic events:  2013 Climate Summary -
Northeast

			Dept.		Dept.
		Avg.	from	Avg.	from
		Temp.	Norm.	Prec.	Norm.
January		13.2	2.3	1.41	0.6
February		14.2	-1.2	0.9	0.31
March		22.3	-3.7	1.55	0.46
April		33.5	-5.5	4.13	2.22
May		48.4	-1.3	3.08	0.31
June		58.1	0.3	4.01	0.01
July		63.3	-0.5	4.6	0.82
August		65.3	2	2.31	-0.88
September	57.9	3.1	1.67	-1.72
October		44.1	1.4	3.3	0.5
November	28.1	-0.9	0.99	-0.66
December	4.6	-10.8	1.66	0.7

January
precipitation totals were above historical averages across north central and
northeast Minnesota.  A monthly low of -42 degrees was reached at Embarrass (St.
Louis County) on the 24th.  The focal point for the heaviest of the April
snowstorms was northeast Minnesota, particularly Duluth, where April snowfall
reached historic levels. The monthly snowfall total at Duluth's International
Airport was an astounding 50.8 inches. Not only did this top the previous April
record by nearly 20 inches, it was Duluth's snowiest month ever for any month of
the year.  July rainfall totals were generally below historical averages in most
Minnesota counties, except in far northern Minnesota and portions of east central
Minnesota where monthly precipitation totals were above average.  Very heavy rain
was also reported in northeast Minnesota on July 18 and 19. Three to five inches
of rain led to street flooding in Grand Marais and the temporary closure of
Highway 61 in Cook County.  By the end of November, much of the northern
one-third of Minnesota reports at least one foot of snow cover.  From December
2-4 in northeast Minnesota, one to two feet of snow fell. A location north of Two
Harbors reported nearly three feet of snow during this event. Daily snowfall
total records were set in northern Minnesota over the course of the
storm.

[source: State Climatology Office - DNR Division of Ecological and
Water Resources]


Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  The bubbler tracked relatively well through the year, many data
corrections were necessary but no gaps and few spikes.
Other stage data collection factors:  No equipment issues were noted.
Eleven flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  The highest measured stage was 14.16
ft on 7/19, and the highest recorded stage was 14.37 on 7/19.
Flow measurements were taken this year with a frequency greater than 4-5 weeks
and do not accurately reflect seasonal conditions.  The gap between the 5/29 and
7/19 measurements was about 7 weeks.
This site does not have a permanent fixed type control structure.  
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 7 weeks, up to or above
moderate flow levels (50% of maximum seasonal discharge).  The highest recorded Q
(15-min) was 1850 cfs on 7/19. The highest measured Q was 1610 cfs on 7/19, 87%
of the highest recorded Q.
This is not a stable site.  High flow events in 2012 and 2013 have changed the
monitoring pool control and made new ratings necessary.
The rating is not well developed over this year's range of flows when considering
quality and quantity of measurements.  There are large gaps in the rating between
250-800 cfs and from 950-1500.
The rating has less than five measurements over the full range of this year's
flows.  There were five events where Qs fell in the 250-800 cfs rating gap, and
one in the 950-1500 gap.
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of greater than 5 weeks. 
The gap between the 5/29 and 7/19 measurements was about 7 weeks.
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  Scour shifts were applied for the 5/29, 8/7, 9/13, and 10/24
msmts. The channel was still likely unstable following the June 2012 high flow
event, and further so after the July 2013 event. 
Adequate flow measurements were taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  Measurements collected in 2014 will verify whether
the scour shifts are short-term or long-term.


Precipitation Data Summary
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Precip period of record 4/25/13 - 11/17/13.
The precipitation record tracked correctly and was complete for the monitoring
season.  Rain gage measured 20.03 inches, climatology reported 19.63 inches. Rain
gage measured 102% of total climatology for reporting period.
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  No obstructions reported.
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  


Water Quality Data Summary
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Please see the MPCA Environmental Data Access system for Water Quality results. 
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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2013
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2012

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2012
Station Manager: DAPLOVNI
Data Manager: DAPLOVNI

Prepared By:
Dan Plovnick (daplovni)
651-539-2114 (DANIEL.PLOVNICK@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Andrea Bergman (anbergma)
651-539-2101 (ANDREA.BERGMAN@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 03/12/2012.  
Snowmelt conditions:  Snowmelt was gradual, the stage rise to the first peak
lasted from 3/12 to 3/23. This peak was the third highest recorded of the year.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  Inspections during the May
and June 2012 high flow events did not mention out of bank flow. Due to the high
gradient, the velocity tends to increase moreso than the stage during high flows
at the site.
Periods of low or no flow:  Relatively low flows (less than 20 cfs) were recorded
from mid-September to mid-October.
Significant climatic events:  2013 Climate Summary -
Northeast

			Dept.		Dept.
		Avg.	from	Avg.	from
		Temp.	Norm.	Prec.	Norm.
January		13.2	2.3	1.41	0.6
February		14.2	-1.2	0.9	0.31
March		22.3	-3.7	1.55	0.46
April		33.5	-5.5	4.13	2.22
May		48.4	-1.3	3.08	0.31
June		58.1	0.3	4.01	0.01
July		63.3	-0.5	4.6	0.82
August		65.3	2	2.31	-0.88
September	57.9	3.1	1.67	-1.72
October		44.1	1.4	3.3	0.5
November	28.1	-0.9	0.99	-0.66
December	4.6	-10.8	1.66	0.7

January
precipitation totals were above historical averages across north central and
northeast Minnesota.  A monthly low of -42 degrees was reached at Embarrass (St.
Louis County) on the 24th.  The focal point for the heaviest of the April
snowstorms was northeast Minnesota, particularly Duluth, where April snowfall
reached historic levels. The monthly snowfall total at Duluth's International
Airport was an astounding 50.8 inches. Not only did this top the previous April
record by nearly 20 inches, it was Duluth's snowiest month ever for any month of
the year.  July rainfall totals were generally below historical averages in most
Minnesota counties, except in far northern Minnesota and portions of east central
Minnesota where monthly precipitation totals were above average.  Very heavy rain
was also reported in northeast Minnesota on July 18 and 19. Three to five inches
of rain led to street flooding in Grand Marais and the temporary closure of
Highway 61 in Cook County.  By the end of November, much of the northern
one-third of Minnesota reports at least one foot of snow cover.  From December
2-4 in northeast Minnesota, one to two feet of snow fell. A location north of Two
Harbors reported nearly three feet of snow during this event. Daily snowfall
total records were set in northern Minnesota over the course of the
storm.

[source: State Climatology Office - DNR Division of Ecological and
Water Resources]


Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  The bubbler tracked well through the year, some corrections were
necessary but no gaps and few spikes.
Other stage data collection factors:  No equipment issues were noted.
Ten flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  The highest measured stage was 13.30
on 6/21/12. The highest recorded level was 13.34 on 6/20/12. 
Flow measurements were taken this year with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or
with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  There were some
gaps slightly longer than 5 weeks but not by much.
Flow measurements cover a wide range of flows, up to at least 70% of the highest
recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  The highest recorded Q (15-min) was 946 cfs
on 6/20/12. The highest measured Q was 949 cfs on 6/20/12.
The rating is not well developed over this year's range of flows when considering
quality and quantity of measurements.  There are large gaps in the rating between
250-800 cfs and from 950-1500. These ranges included 2013 measurements.
The rating has less than five measurements over the full range of this year's
flows.  There is the large gap between 250-800 cfs where the two highest flow
peaks were reached.
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  There
were some gaps slightly longer than 5 weeks but not by much.
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  A depositional control change after the June 2012 event was
applied for the 8/2/12, 9/12, and 10/31 msmts. Based on changes seen at other
sites because of this event, it is assumed that the rocky streambed in the area
of the gage was affected by that event.
Adequate flow measurements were taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  


Precipitation Data Summary
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Rainfall season 3/11/12 - 11/24/12
The precipitation record tracked correctly and was complete for the monitoring
season.  Total rain gage precip for monitoring period was 26.82 inches,
climatology reported a total of 28.41. Rain gage reported 94.4% of total.
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  No reported blockages.
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  


Water Quality Data Summary
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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2012
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2011

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2011
Station Manager: ANBERGMA
Data Manager: JOBOETTC

Prepared By:
Joanne Boettcher (joboettc)
JOANNE.BOETTCHER@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Andrea Bergman (anbergma)
651-259-5657 (ANDREA.BERGMAN@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 04/02/2011.  
Snowmelt conditions:  High levels of snow along and spring precipitation events
casued high water through April and May.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  There are no indications in
the inspections that the river was out of its banks.
Periods of low or no flow:  Very low flow in fall followed by low flow throughout
the winter.
Significant climatic events:  North East Minnesota
                  
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			Dept.		Dept.
		Avg.	from	Avg.	from
		Temp.	Norm.	Prec.	Norm.
January		7.5	-1.7	1.19	0.31	
February	14.6	-0.7	0.35	-0.31	
March		24.4	-1.5	0.67	-0.61	
April		38.3	-0.7	2.99	1.35	
May		48.5	-2.0	2.23	-0.46	
June		56.5	-1.6	3.46	-0.54	
July		66.8	2.8	3.61	-0.49	
August		64.2	0.9	3.32	-0.30	
September	54.4	0.0	1.50	-2.06	
October		47.0	3.7	1.25	-1.25	
November	32.3	3.9	0.63	-1.11	
December	21.7	7.0	0.49	-0.33	

The
first half of 2011 saw temperatures that were below average down to two degrees
cooler than normal in Northeast Minnesota.  The second half of the season saw
temperatures above average with July and October being the warmest months in
relation to the average.  Precipitation was variable through the year with April
being a very wet month and September being the driest month in relation to the
average.  Almost the entire year was below average in precipitation with the
months of January and April being the only months with above average
precipitation.  The year started out with more than 24 inches of snow in the
entire Northeastern region.  Snow water equivalency was between three to six
inches of water from the start off the year through until the spring melt began.
Areas in northeast Minnesota report six or more inches of snow on the ground
through March and along the Lake Superior highlands the snow depths still ranged
from 12 to 18 inches.  Spring storms dropped substantial amounts of rain and/or
snow over large areas of Minnesota during April. Some northeastern Minnesota
communities reported over a foot of April snow.  On April 15 and 16, an intense
winter-like storm left a swath of three to eight inches of snow across much of
the northern one-half of the state.  The U. S. Drought Monitor, released on April
28, already depicted most of Cook County and portions of Lake County as
Abnormally Dry. Substantial rain and snow in this area during the autumn and
winter of 2010 improved the drought situation significantly.  By May, stream flow
in northern Lake County was below the 25th percentile when compared with
historical data.  The remainder of the year was dry as the U. S. Drought Monitor
depicted the northeast region as having Severe to Moderate Drought through the
entire second half of the year and stream flows were down to below the 5th
percentile by October. July 2011 ranked among the ten warmest Julys in
Minnesota's modern record. The month of July was also notable for the intensity,
geographic extent, and duration of high dew point temperatures. Multiple days of
very high dew point temperatures were reported at many locations with dew point
temperatures in excess of 75 degrees.
[source: State Climatology Office – DNR
Waters]



Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  none
5 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  10 year-round, 5
without ice.
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  
Flow measurements were taken this year with a frequency greater than 4-5 weeks
and do not accurately reflect seasonal conditions.  Not able to measure flow at
April inspection so no measurement was made after ice-out until 5/18/11.
Additionally, one 6 week gap occured due to the state goverment shutdown in July.
This site does not have a permanent fixed type control structure.  
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 7 weeks and do not
capture moderate flows (50% of maximum seasonal discharge).  The highest measured
flow for the year was 280 cfs; the highest calculated flow is approximately 1000
cfs (<30%).
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 7 weeks, up to or above
moderate to low flow levels (25% of maximum seasonal discharge).  Approximately
28% of the calculated max flow was measured.
This is a stable site.  
The rating is not well developed when considering quality and quantity of
measurements.  While well developed for flows under 300 cfs, there are only four
measurements outside of this range, between 600-800 cfs.
The rating has at least five measurements over the full range of flows.  
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of greater than 5 weeks. 
After ice out and the largest events of the season, we were unable to get a flow
measurement until 5/18/11.  A measurement was attempted on 4/12/11 but conditions
prevented this due to equipment and safety restrictions.
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  Determined there was scour based on the 5/18 measurement and
this scour was assumed to be in effect since 4/30. 
Adequate flow measurements were not taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  The 5/18 measurement indicated scour, but was
unable to confidentally determine when scour occured and filled.
The potential error in cumulative flow volume introduced by changing channel
control is less than 15%.  
The potential error in cumulative flow volume introduced by changing channel
control is less than 5%.  Because there were no measurements before 5/18 and all
large events occured prior to this date, it may be possible that the effect of
changing control would be a 5% change in the total flow volume.


Precipitation Data Summary
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The precipitation record tracked correctly and was complete for the monitoring
season.  
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was calibrated within the last three years.  Records indicate the
rain gage was last calibrated in August, 2008.


Water Quality Data Summary
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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2011
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Good Archived Daily Value (PQC=30)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2010

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2010
Station Manager: ERDEKLEY
Data Manager: ERDEKLEY

Prepared By:
Eric Dekleyn (erdekley)
651-259-5725 (ERIC.DEKLEYN@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Kurt Woodrich (kuwoodri)
651-259-5718 (KURT.WOODRICH@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
The ice out date was 03/09/2010.  We can approximate ice starting to break-up
around the 03/09/2010 timeframe as the hydrograph rises quickly on this day and
temperature data from the NWS station in Lutsen shows the temperature increase as
well. 
Snowmelt conditions:  Snowpack depths for the Lutsen area were minimal as there
was only 2 inches on the ground at the start of March, 2010. This dwindled down
to nothing by 03/14/2010.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  No comments were made of the
channel breaching its banks throughout 2010.
Periods of low or no flow:  The lowest flows of 2010 were 08/18/2010 thru
08/20/2010, as well as 08/31/2010 thru 09/03/2010.
Significant climatic events:  North East Minnesota
                  
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			Dept.		Dept.
		Avg.	from	Avg.	from
		Temp.	Norm.	Prec.	Norm.
January		12.9	
3.7	 .84	-.04	
February	17.0	 1.7	 .20	-.46	
March		36.5	10.6	
.91	-.36	
April		44.9	 5.9	 .86	-.78	
May		51.5	  .9	3.29	 .60	
June		58.0	
-.1	4.29	 .29	
July		67.1	 3.1	3.75	-.35	
August		65.8	
2.5	5.08	1.46	
September	51.6	-2.9	3.54	-.02	
October		46.0	 2.6	3.18	
.67	
November	31.4	 3.0	1.97	 .22	
December	14.0	 -.7	1.39	 .57
	 

2010 was
warmer than average for most of the year in northeastern Minnesota.  September
was the only month significantly below average temperatures at near three degrees
below normal.  The warmest months compared to averages were March and April with
almost eleven and six degrees above normal respectively.  January, July, August,
October and November were all between two and a half and four degrees above
average as well.  Early year Snow depths in the region ranged from eight inches
in the east to twenty four inches in the central part of the region.  By March
25th snow depth maps showed the area to be void of snow cover.  The first third
of the year saw less than an inch per month of precipitation and the only monthly
average over an inch from normal occurred in August.  Notable precipitation
events included a May late-spring snowfall on May 7 and 8 with snowfall totals of
two to four inches falling in the region.  Mid-March through May precipitation
totals rank below the 10th percentile when compared to previous years for the
same period.  The U. S. Drought Monitor released on May 27, depicted Cook and
Lake Counties as undergoing severe drought conditions.  A continuous lack of
precipitation helped contribute to persisting severe drought conditions through
the rest of the year for much of the region.  Late October precipitation and
November snowfall has left eight to twenty four inches of snow on the ground for
most of the region with slightly less along the far northern shore.  The bulk of
October's precipitation was produced by a massive storm that plowed through
Minnesota on October 26-27. The storm dropped two to four inches of
precipitation, produced three to nine inches of snow across much of the northern
one-third of the state, spun up damaging winds, and included areas where heavy
rains fell such as the 3.92 inches reported in three days at Wolf Ridge in Lake
County.   An early-winter storm dropped six to ten inches of wet snow on November
13-14 along a narrow band that extended from south central Minnesota, through the
Twin Cities, through Duluth, and along the North Shore. The month concluded with
another major winter storm dumping up to 10 or more inches of snow primarily in
St. Louis County from November 29 through December 1.   Ice-in around the state
occurred in early December.                                        [source: State
Climatology Office – DNR Waters]



Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  No equipment problems were reported.
10 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  
Flow measurements were taken this year with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or
with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover less than 70% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  Highest recorded seasonal discharge was measured on 06/09/2010 at 197
cfs/812 cfs was the highest annual discharge which occurred on 10/27/2010, which
is 24% of the highest annual discharge.
Flow measurements cover less than 40% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  Highest recorded seasonal discharge was measured on 06/09/2010 at 197
cfs/812 cfs was the highest annual discharge which occurred on 10/27/2010, which
is 24% of the highest annual discharge.
Flow measurements cover up to or above 15% of the highest recorded season/annual
discharge.  Highest recorded seasonal discharge was measured on 06/09/2010 at 197
cfs/812 cfs was the highest annual discharge which occurred on 10/27/2010, which
is 24% of the highest annual discharge.
This is a stable site.  
The rating is well developed when considering both quality and quantity of
measurements.  
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  There may have been some movement of the boulders and cobbles
from the 06/09/2010 rain event as we had to apply a scour shift on the 07/13/2010
measurement, but most likely it was due to little flow going through with the
variable velocities going through the large boulders at the msmt. x-section which
created a poor msmt. location.
Adequate flow measurements were taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  


Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was calibrated within the last three years.  Rain gage was
calibrated by Texas Electronics in 2008.


Water Quality Data Summary
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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2010
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Flow   = Fair Archived Daily Value (QQC=31)
Precip = Good Archived Daily Value (PQC=30)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2009

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2009
Station Manager: ERDEKLEY
Data Manager: ERDEKLEY

Prepared By:
Eric Dekleyn (erdekley)
651-259-5725 (ERIC.DEKLEYN@STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Lisa Pearson (lipearso)
651-259-5655 (LISA.PEARSON@STATE.MN.US)
********************************************************************************

Climate Summary
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Data is collected year round at this site.  
We can approximate ice-out around 03/28/2009 based upon how the logger was
tracking, as well as temperature data from the National Weather Service for the
Lutsen area.
The ice out date was 03/28/2009.  
Snowmelt conditions:  The beginning of March, 2009 there was 17 inches of
snowpack for the Lutsen area according to the National Weather Service.  This
went to down to 8 inches by mid-March where there were a couple of days reaching
the 50's.  The temperatures went back down and then fluctuated a decent amount,
but by the end of March there was only 3 inches of snowpack left.  At the very
end of March, beginning of April there was a snowstorm that dropped 8 inches of
fresh snow on the ground, and the very next day there was a sleet/rain event that
produced approximately 1.35 inches of rain on top of that fresh snow increasing
the stage at our site.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  No comments were made
indicating stage had breached its banks all year.
Periods of low or no flow:  The lowest flows for 2009 were from mid-September
thru mid-October.
Significant climatic events:  2009 Climate Summary
Northeastern MN

Winter
2008-2009 brought generally below average temperatures and above average
precipitation totals for northeastern Minnesota.  March 2009 was an
extraordinarily wet month across much of northern Minnesota.  Major winter storms
impacted northern MN in March.  Heavy snow, high winds, and bitter cold
temperatures pummeled northern Minnesota on March 10 and 11. During a four-day
period from March 22 to March 25, a slow-moving, moisture-ladened storm dropped
unprecedented, and devastating, amounts of rain, ice, and snow across much of the
state, including a major ice storm in northeastern MN.  April and May 2009 saw
generally average temperatures and precipitation.  Monthly mean temperatures for
June were one to three degrees below the historical average statewide. The first
half of June was very cool, with many days falling short of average by ten or
more degrees.   July was also extremely cool (the third coolest ever in the
state) and a relatively dry month.  However, on July 14, two inches of rain fell
along a 30 to 50 mile-wide band that stretched from Breckenridge to Brainerd to
Cloquet.  More than four inches of rain was reported in portions of Cass, Crow
Wing, and Aitkin counties.  Continuing the trend of the previous two months,
monthly mean temperatures for August 2009 averaged two to four degrees below the
historical norm.  Cooler-than-normal temperatures reduced evaporation and
transpiration rates, and partially counterbalanced the precipitation deficits.  
Precipitation totals for September were generally short of averages, while temps
were above normal.  Moderate drought conditions were reported for much of eastern
Minnesota, having a significant effect on streamflows in this area.  October
temperatures were well below average in northeast MN, among the coolest ever,
while precipitation totals were among the highest on record.  November 2009
precipitation was quite light across most of Minnesota. Monthly precipitation
totals fell short of historical averages by one-half inch to one and one-half
inches in most locales.   In contrast to a very cold October, monthly mean
temperatures for November 2009 were quite mild. November mean temperatures across
Minnesota ranged from nine to twelve degrees above historical averages, making
November 2009 the third warmest November in history on a statewide basis.  Ice in
occurred in late November or early December through most of the
state.

[source: State Climatology Office - DNR Waters]




Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  Our orifice line, which was bolted to a
boulder, had come loose (noticed it was loose on 07/01/2009) so we had to
re-clamp this to secure it down.  This caused the stage to fluctuate some, but
not much, considering this site is pretty turbulent as is.
10 measurements flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  10
measurements (4 of those affected by ice)
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  
Flow measurements were taken this year with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or
with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover less than 70% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  Highest recorded discharge was measured on 05/27/2009 which was 227
cfs/1,010 cfs that occurred on 05/01/2009 (highest annual discharge) = 22%.
Flow measurements cover less than 50% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  Highest recorded discharge was measured on 05/27/2009 which was 227
cfs/1,010 cfs that occurred on 05/01/2009 (highest annual discharge) = 22%.
Flow measurements cover less than 25% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual
discharge.  Highest recorded discharge was measured on 05/27/2009 which was 227
cfs/1,010 cfs that occurred on 05/01/2009 (highest annual discharge) = 22%.
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  03/18/2009 - Start of scour shift due to ice moving boulders
and cobbles in river.
05/11/2009 - End of scour shift/start of deposition shift
due to high velocity spring runoff. This is high end of descending limb of spring
snow melt.
05/27/2009 - Deposition shift applied to following (2) measurements
following spring snow melt.
08/20/2009 - End of depositional shift. Top of rain
event assumed to remove deposition.
Adequate flow measurements were taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  


Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was calibrated within the last three years.  Rain gage was factory
calibrated in 2008 when we received it, and installed it at the same time we
installed the gage house.


Water Quality Data Summary
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Please see the MPCA Environmental Data Access system for Water Quality results. 
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/data/eda/STresults.cfm?stOR=MNPCA1&stID=S004-406  


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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2009
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Good Archived Daily Value (PQC=30)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2008

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, 0.2mi us of MN61
Year: 2008
Station Manager: KUWOODRI
Data Manager: ERDEKLEY

Prepared By:
Eric Dekleyn (erdekley)
651-259-5725 (ERIC.DEKLEYN@DNR.STATE.MN.US)

Approved By:
Lisa Pearson (lipearso)
651-259-5655 (LISA.PEARSON@STATE.MN.US)
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 03/18/2008.  Logger installed on 03/18/2008, but PCA
deleted data up to 04/23/2008 due to ice.
Data collection ended on 12/31/2008.  
Ice-out occurred around 04/22/2008. USGS personnel noted ice backwater affect on
04/18/2008.
The ice out date was 04/22/2008.  
Snowmelt conditions:  The beginning of March there was a snowpack depth of 22
inches in the Lutsen area. This went down to 16 inches by mid-March and only 7
inches by the end of March.  By April 10th the snowpack depth was only at 2
inches, but a 7-inch snow event came in on April 11th increasing the snowpack
depth to 9 inches. This melted all away by April 20th and we reported ice out to
be on April 22nd.  A significant rain event occurred on 04/25-04/26 (cumulative
2.5 inches) shortly after this ice-out occurred.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  No comments were made to
mention that it was out of its banks at all during the year.
Periods of low or no flow:  Lowest flows for the year occurred from 08/14/2008
thru 08/28/2008 and 09/18/2008 thru 09/23/2008.
Significant climatic events:  2008 Climate Summary

Source: HydroClim
Minnesota, State Climatology Office - DNR Waters 

January 2008 
Precipitation
totals were well below historical averages across most of Minnesota. Many
locations reported less than one quarter of an inch of liquid precipitation, and
less than four inches of snow. Exceptions to this snow-sparse pattern include
some locations along the Lake Superior snow belt. In this area, precipitation
totals were at, to somewhat above, the historical average.  Monthly mean
temperatures for January 2008 were near historical averages. 

February 2008

Precipitation totals were below the historical average in most Minnesota
locations. Many communities reported less than one half of an inch of liquid
precipitation. Monthly mean temperatures for February 2008 were well below
historical averages. February temperatures ranged from five to seven degrees
below normal across Minnesota. 

March 2008 
Precipitation totals were below
the historical average in most Minnesota locations. Lower than average snowfall
meant that precipitation totals finished one half inch to one inch below the
March average. This continued a pattern of below-normal snowfall that was
prominent across most of Minnesota during the winter.  Keeping with a season-long
trend, monthly mean temperatures for March 2008 were below historical averages.
March temperatures ranged from three to five degrees below normal across
Minnesota. 

April 2008 
Precipitation totals were above historical averages
across nearly all of Minnesota. With the exception of far northwestern Minnesota,
most communities reported significant rain or snowfall totals in April.
Precipitation totals in most northeast and east central Minnesota counties topped
five inches for the month. In a few cases, the monthly precipitation totals were
record setting. In west central, north central, and northeastern Minnesota
counties, much of the precipitation came as snow. Numerous communities in these
areas received over 30 inches of snow for the month, shattering April monthly
total snowfall records in many places. Maintaining a multi-month trend, monthly
mean temperatures were below historical averages. 

May 2008
With the
exception of northwestern Minnesota, May 2008 precipitation totals were near
historical averages in most Minnesota communities. In the northwest, rainfall
totals fell short of average by approximately one inch. In most other Minnesota
locations, a wet start to the month (including northern Minnesota snow on May 10)
was counterbalanced by dry weather during the third and fourth weeks of the
month.  Monthly mean temperatures for May 2008 were below historical averages.
May temperatures ranged from three to six degrees below normal across Minnesota.
The cool temperatures in May delayed many of the normal signs of spring. 

June
2008
June rainfall totals varied greatly across Minnesota. Extremely wet
conditions were reported in northeastern Minnesota, while below-normal
precipitation totals were common in central and east central counties.  The first
half of June produced numerous rounds of severe weather and flooding in
Minnesota.  June mean monthly temperatures were again below normal.  Most of
Minnesota experienced a mid-summer dry spell. Rainfall deficits were greater than
2.5 inches over the last three weeks of the month in some central Minnesota
locales.

July 2008
July rainfall totals were short of average by one to two
inches in most locales.  July mean monthly temperatures were near historical
averages.  Most of Minnesota continued to experience a mid-summer dry spell.
Rainfall deficits were greater than three inches over June and July in many
locations.

August 2008
August rainfall totals were short of average by two or
more inches in most locales. West central and northwestern Minnesota counties
were notable exceptions, reporting above-average precipitation.  August mean
monthly temperatures were near historical averages.

September 2008
September
rainfall totals were highly variable across Minnesota including two or more
inches above average in some western and northern counties.  September mean
monthly temperatures were one to three degrees above historical
averages.

October 2008
October precipitation totals were larger than average
over much of the western one-half of Minnesota. In some west central and
northwestern Minnesota locales, October monthly precipitation totals were among
the largest in the historical October record.  Two to three inches of snow was
recorded in portions of west central Minnesota.  Monthly mean temperatures for
October 2008 were close to historical averages.  Portions of Minnesota remained
impacted by a long-term dry spell. Rainfall deficits in these areas were greater
than five inches since mid-June. 

November 2008
November 2008 precipitation
totals were variable across Minnesota. Many locales reported near-normal monthly
precipitation, however monthly precipitation was above average in northwestern
and north central Minnesota counties, and below average in east central
Minnesota.  Monthly mean temperatures for November 2008 were two to four degrees
above historical averages.  Precipitation totals for the meteorological autumn
(September through November) were far above long-term averages in the Red River
basin, setting the stage for possible spring flooding.  Portions of east central
Minnesota remained in a Moderate Drought condition.

December 2008
December
2008 precipitation totals were well above average across Minnesota. The total
water content of December's snowfalls topped historical averages by one-half inch
to one and one-half inches in many locales.  December 2008 was also marked by
frequent, and often heavy, snowfall events. Many communities across the region
reported over 30 inches of snowfall, setting new records.  Monthly mean
temperatures for December 2008 were four to eight degrees below historical
averages across Minnesota.  Precipitation totals for the autumn were far above
long-term averages in the Red River basin. Stream discharge measurements for the
Red River and some of its tributaries are near the top of the historical
distribution for the date.



Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a
frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
The stage record tracked correctly and was complete for the entire monitoring
season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  Logger tracked relatively well, ice was a
factor at the beginning of the year and PCA personnel deleted the ice data from
03/18/2008 thru 04/22/2008. Measurements that were taken by personnel had a
number of comments explaining turbulent waters making the measurements not very
accurate so there was a lot of interpolation put into their stage measurements.
8 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  Two measurements at
the beginning of the year were from USGS personnel.
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the
rating with no change in channel control.  
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or with a
frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover a wide range of flows, up to at least 70% of the highest
recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  Highest Measured Discharge was recorded on
06/07/2008 = 838 cfs/1200 cfs = 04/26/2008 Highest Annual Discharge = 70%.
The rating is not well developed when considering quality and quantity of
measurements.  
The rating has at least five measurements over the full range of flows.  
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed
during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  
A change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred at some time
during the monitoring season.  
Change in control:  04/23/2008 = Scour shift applied to 04/23/2008 USGS
measurement due to snow/icemelt runoff.
06/07/2008 = Debris shift applied to
06/07/2008 USGS measurement due to 4.00" rain event.
08/13/2008 = Scour shift
applied to 08/13/2008 DNR measurement from rain event which washed out debris on
07/12/2008.
09/09/2008 = Continuation of scour shift applied to 09/09/2008 DNR
measurement from rain event which washed out debris on 07/12/2008.
11/12/2008 =
Debris shift applied to 11/12/2008 DNR measurement due to cumulative rain events
on 11/05/2008-11/07/2008.

Adequate flow measurements were taken to confidently adjust stage during
period(s) of altered control.  


Precipitation Data Summary
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Precipitation data was collected at the beginning of the year by PCA's rain
bucket up until DNR installed their new equipment on 08/14/2008.
At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions
during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation
data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised
recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  Precipitation data
collected prior to our gage installation (08/14/2008) has not been calibrated
within the past 3 years, but our new rain bucket that we installed has been
factory calibrated this past year.


Water Quality Data Summary
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No water quality samples were collected at this site during the monitoring
season.  


Comments
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Changed flow quality code from 30 (Good) to 31 (Fair) based on turbulence in flow and first
year taking over site. -alb


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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2008
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Flow   = Fair Archived Daily Value (QQC=31)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2007

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01101001 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, MN 61
Year: 2007

Prepared By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 04/12/2007.  
Data collection ended on 11/04/2007.  
The ice out date was 04/12/2007.  approximate. Before this date anchor ice was documented; this is the first date is was recorded to be absent.
Snowmelt conditions:  slightly lower than average, minimal snowpack for most of the winter
Periods the stream was out of its banks:    extreme event in mid october; rating table was exceeded. flows peaked at 1170 cfs on 10/19.  13 inches of rain in Lutsen in Sept. and Oct. 2007
Periods of low or no flow:    yes, extreme drought in late july and august
Significant climatic events:  very dry summer and very wet fall

Flow Data Summary
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Site vists to determine if the logger was tracking stage correctly were done at a frequency of 8 weeks or less.  
Stage did not track correctly during the entire monitoring season.  sensor drift of about 0.2 feet from mid may to early oct. 
Stage tracked correctly during all moderate to high flow periods.  tape down matched SR 50 during the extreme events
Missing stage values were accurately estimated or interpolated using a technique that introduced less than 5% error.  no missing values
Other stage data collection factors:  sensor drift error for about 4 months (5/17 to 10/2 ). This was not changed earlier becasue I did not know about it until the end of the monitoring season.
1 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
All recorded stage values were within the rating or less than 1 foot above the rating with no change in channel control.  
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 4-5 weeks and do not accurately reflect seasonal conditions.  
This site does not have a permanent fixed type control structure.  
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 7 weeks and do not capture moderate flows (50% of maximum seasonal discharge).  MPCA staff do not have the equipment necessary for high flow measurments on the N. shore.  USGS developed orginial rating, and it will be re-checked by USGS in 2008 by additional high flow measurments
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 7 weeks and do not capture moderate to low flows (25% of maximum seasonal discharge).  
Site vists to determine if the physical characteristics of the control changed during the monitoring season were done at a frequency of 5 weeks or less.  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the monitoring season.  unlikley, will monitor in 2008 following extreme event in Oct. 2007.

Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  

Water Quality Data Summary
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19 samples were collected at this site during the monitoring season.  
Sample distribution on Hydrograph:  good coverage, including extreme event in oct.
sediment, turbidity, nutrients were analyzed using a laboratory.  
turbidity, temperature, pH, DO were analyzed using field meter(s).  

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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2007
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2006

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01101001 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, MN 61
Year: 2006

Prepared By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 03/31/2006.  
Data collection ended on 11/10/2006.  
The ice out date was 04/04/2006.  
Snowmelt conditions:  A moderate snow year.  We observed no anchor ice during several visits to the site in early spring. A good sign for us. We did not have to use an ice shift this year.
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  
Periods of low or no flow:    From sometime in late august to approximately 9/21 the river was at extreme low flow. During that time the portion of the channel directly under the sensor was dry. We visted the station during the dry period and used a level to determine how different the elevation of the dry river bed (read by the sensor) was compared to the flowing section. The difference was determined to be only 0.16' . Regardless, we coded mean daily flows in this period as 'poor'
Significant climatic events:  The summer of 2006 was an extreme drought in NE MN

Flow Data Summary
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Stage did not track correctly during the entire monitoring season.  
Stage tracked correctly during all moderate to high flow periods.  
Missing stage values were accurately estimated or interpolated using a technique that introduced less than 5% error.  
Other stage data collection factors:  sensor was reading a dry portion of the river channel during an extreme drought period in aug. and sept.  This was checked and determined to be only 0.16' off from the true stream elevation
3 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
Recorded stage values were less than 1 foot above the rating and/or did not encounter a change in control.  
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover less than 80% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  
Flow measurements cover less than 50% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the monitoring season.  

Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  

Water Quality Data Summary
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16 samples were collected at this site during the monitoring season.  
Sample distribution on Hydrograph:  good coverage during high flows. only 3 samples in June-Aug. due to extreme dry conditions
sediments, nutrients, turbidity were analyzed using a laboratory.  
ph, SC, DO, turbidity , t-tube were analyzed using field meter(s).  

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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2006
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2005

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01101001 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, MN 61
Year: 2005

Prepared By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 04/11/2005.  
Data collection ended on 10/05/2005.  
The ice out date was 04/11/2005.  approximately
Snowmelt conditions:  slightly higher than average, stream was near bankfull flow
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  
There were no periods of low or no flow during the entire year.  
Significant climatic events:  a few moderate rain events early in the year.  Later was drier. A 2 inch rain event in October produced very little runoff

Flow Data Summary
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Stage did not track correctly during the entire monitoring season.  
Stage did not track correctly during moderate to high flow periods.  
Missing stage values were accurately estimated or interpolated using a technique that introduced less than 15% error.  Consistent ice shift of 0.75 feet was documented in early to mid April. 
Other stage data collection factors:  none
0 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
Recorded stage values were less than 1 foot above the rating and/or did not encounter a change in control.  
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 4-5 weeks and do not accurately reflect seasonal conditions.  
This site does not have a permanent fixed type control structure.  
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 7 weeks and do not capture moderate flows (50% of maximum seasonal discharge).  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the monitoring season.  

Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  

Water Quality Data Summary
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12 samples were collected at this site during the monitoring season.  
Sample distribution on Hydrograph:  good coverage in spring, few rain events , sampled most
nutients, sediments, turbidity were analyzed using a laboratory.  
temp, pH, DO, SC, t-tube were analyzed using field meter(s).  

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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2005
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Flow   = Poor Archived Daily Value (QQC=32)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2004

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01101001 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, MN 61
Year: 2004

Prepared By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 04/04/2004.  
Data collection ended on 11/08/2004.  
The ice out date was 04/05/2004.  approximate
Snowmelt conditions:  about average in discharge- typical in that early spring has diurnal freeze / thaw cycles
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  
There were no periods of low or no flow during the entire year.  
Significant climatic events:  very large rain / streamflow event on 6/1/04. Perhaps a 15-20 year event

Flow Data Summary
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Stage tracked correctly during the entire monitoring season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  USGS flow measurments taken in spring showed that no ice shift was needed
2 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
Recorded stage values were less than 1 foot above the rating and/or did not encounter a change in control.  highest stage about 13.5 feet, rating calcuated to 12.8 
bedrock channel
Flow measurements were taken with a frequency greater than 4-5 weeks and do not accurately reflect seasonal conditions.  
This site does not have a permanent fixed type control structure.  
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 7 weeks, up to or above moderate flow levels (50% of maximum seasonal discharge).  
This is a stable site not historically subject to backwater.  
Frequent site visits were made this year to confirm there was no backwater or partially obstructed flows, using both visual and hydrological evidence.  
The rating is well developed when considering both quality and quantity of measurements.  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the monitoring season.  

Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  

Water Quality Data Summary
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18 samples were collected at this site during the monitoring season.  
Sample distribution on Hydrograph:  good coverage
nutrients, sediments, turbidity were analyzed using a laboratory.  
temp, pH, SC, DO, t-tube were analyzed using field meter(s).  

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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2004
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Flow   = Good Archived Daily Value (QQC=30)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2003

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01101001 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, MN 61
Year: 2003

Prepared By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 04/14/2003.  
Data collection ended on 11/07/2003.  
The ice out date was 04/18/2003.  approximate
Snowmelt conditions:  higher than average
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  
There were no periods of low or no flow during the entire year.  
Significant climatic events:  lots of moderate rain events, wet year

Flow Data Summary
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Stage tracked correctly during the entire monitoring season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  ice shift  of 0.29 feet from 4/14/ - 4/20. From anchor ice on stream bottom which yielded higher than true values
3 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
Recorded stage values were less than 1 foot above the rating and/or did not encounter a change in control.  
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover less than 80% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  
Flow measurements cover up to or above 50% of the highest recorded season/annual discharge.  
This is a stable site not historically subject to backwater.  
Frequent site visits were made this year to confirm there was no backwater or partially obstructed flows, using both visual and hydrological evidence.  
The rating is well developed when considering both quality and quantity of measurements.  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the monitoring season.  

Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  

Water Quality Data Summary
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14 samples were collected at this site during the monitoring season.  
Sample distribution on Hydrograph:  average. missed 3 large rain events, but did sample highest flows of the year (snowmelt)
nutrients, sediments, turbidity were analyzed using a laboratory.  
temp, pH, SC, DO, t-tube were analyzed using field meter(s).  

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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2003
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Flow   = Good Archived Daily Value (QQC=30)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2002

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01101001 - Poplar River nr Lutsen, MN 61
Year: 2002

Prepared By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US

Approved By:
Jesse Anderson (janders1)
JESSE.ANDERSON@STATE.MN.US
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Climate Summary
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Data is only collected for a partial year at this site.  
Data collection began on 04/15/2002.  
Data collection ended on 11/27/2002.  
The ice out date was 04/15/2002.  
Snowmelt conditions:  normal
The stream was in its banks during the entire year.  
There were no periods of low or no flow during the entire year.  
Significant climatic events:  significant rain event in early July

Flow Data Summary
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Stage tracked correctly during the entire monitoring season.  
Other stage data collection factors:  3 separate periods from 5-10 days each had missing data due to power failures.  There was no significant rain in this timeperiod, so missing data was estimated was inferred by a linear change in elevation (i.e. gap was linear)
4 flow measurements were taken during the monitoring season.  
Recorded stage values were less than 1 foot above the rating and/or did not encounter a change in control.  
Flow measurements were taken with a maximum frequency of 4-5 weeks or with a frequency that accurately reflects seasonal conditions.  
Flow measurements cover less than 80% of the highest recorded seasonal/annual discharge.  
Flow measurements cover up to or above 50% of the highest recorded season/annual discharge.  
This is a stable site not historically subject to backwater.  
Frequent site visits were made this year to confirm there was no backwater or partially obstructed flows, using both visual and hydrological evidence.  
The rating is well developed when considering both quality and quantity of measurements.  
No change in the physical characteristics of the control occurred during the monitoring season.  

Precipitation Data Summary
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At least three field visits were made to check the rain gage for obstructions during the monitoring season.  
There was no visual evidence or an indication from analysis of the precipitation data that the rain gage was plugged at any time during the monitoring season.  
There were no vertical obstructions near the rain gage that may have compromised recorded rainfall values.  
The rain gage was not calibrated within the last three years.  

Water Quality Data Summary
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20 samples were collected at this site during the monitoring season.  
Sample distribution on Hydrograph:  good coverage over snowmelt and hightest rain events. Missed 2 minor events
sediments, turbidity, nutrients were analyzed using a laboratory.  
temp, pH, SC, DO, t-tube were analyzed using field meter(s).  

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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2002
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Flow   = Good Archived Daily Value (QQC=30)
Precip = Fair Archived Daily Value (PQC=31)
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Year End Summary for 01063003

Year End Summary for 2001

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MPCA/DNR Cooperative Stream Gaging Year End Summary Report
Station: H01063003
Year: 2001
Station Manager: 
Data Manager: 

Prepared By:
HYDPUB

Approved By:
HYDPUB
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Comments
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This station is owned and operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  The data
available for this station and year was worked up outside of our current data
system and/or prior to rigorous data auditing and publishing standards.


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Data Quality for Calendar Year 2001
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Flow   = Unknown External Data (QQC=48)
Precip = Unknown External Data (PQC=48)
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