Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center at UMass Amherst

MA Bankfull Equations Published

USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2013–5155: Equations for Estimating Bankfull Channel Geometry and Discharge for Streams in Massachusetts was published by USGS New England Water Science Center, Massachusetts/Rhode Island Office, and made available to the public on Nov. 14, 2013.

Regression equations were developed for estimating bankfull geometry—width, mean depth, cross-sectional area—and discharge for streams in Massachusetts. The equations provide water-resource and conservation managers with methods for estimating bankfull characteristics at specific stream sites in Massachusetts. Regional curves (graphic plots) of bankfull channel geometry and discharge by drainage area are presented.