Projects > Studies
and Information About York's Rivers, Maine > Flow / Flushing
rate of flushing for the York River was calculated as part of a
water quality study on dissolved oxygen.
formal monitoring of stream flow has been conducted in the York
River. The river is small enough, that there is no U.S. Geological
Survey Gaging Station. However, sufficient freshwater flow
is vital to maintain the health of freshwater fish habitats, and
may also affect the upper reaches of the York River saltmarshes.
In dry summers, the demand for water from the reservoirs may mean
that no water will flow out of the reservoirs into the small tributary
streams. This causes these streams to go dry, and adversely
affects stream ecology. Native populations of brook trout
and other fish may be erradicated.
anecdotal information is available:
Streams - 1995 was a dry summer. In July 1995, IF&W
stream surveys showed two tributaries to be dry: Rogers Brook at
Birch Hill Rd., Unnamed Brook at Old York Woods Road.
- As part of the building of the Belle Marsh Reservoir, IF&W
recommended that a minimum flow of 2-3 cfs be maintained during
smelt spawning season.
Flow Graphs: IF&W collected some stream flow data,
but without attribution or date. These charts appear in the
field office files in Grey. If stream flow becomes a priority
in the future, it may be worth figuring out what these graphs represent.
(Sample included in file).
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