River Flow Rate Below Buford Dam

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates and maintains the gaging station located on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. The USGS Atlanta Field Office is responsible for the management of this station.

USGS Water-data graph for site 02334430

Daily fluctuations in the chart are due to water releases from Buford Dam. Notice how quickly the flow rate can increase!

For additional information about water temperature and gage height at this location visit the USGS website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/uv?site_no=02334430.

Flood Levels

As the river level increases at a gaging station the risk for potential loss of life and property increases. Below are definitions for the different flood stages and the damage that can be expected.

  • Flood Stage - Expect minimal or no property damage, but possibly some public threat.
  • Action Stage - Flooding becomes a concern. River/stream is approaching or is forecast to approach the gage height - flood stage - where flooding is defined to begin. Flood stage is an established gage height for a given location at which a rise in water surface level begins to create a hazard to lives, property, or commerce.

Flood Categories below Buford Dam

Flood Stage: 12 ft.
Action Stage: 8 ft.

Historical Crests

  1. 7.88 ft on 10/22/1971
  2. 7.76 ft on 10/10/1972
  3. 7.41 ft on 11/02/1978
  4. 7.30 ft on 06/29/1976
  5. 7.30 ft on 09/04/1975

Low Water Records

  1. -0.98 ft on 06/25/2008
  2. -0.97 ft on 09/26/2007

USGS WaterAlert
The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies. Subscribe to WaterAlert for this location.

Last updated: July 20, 2018

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