Iowa Flow Report

June 15, 2024

Streamflow levels across Iowa are currently 105.0% of normal, with the Mississippi River At Clinton reporting the highest discharge in the state with 119000cfs and gauge stage of 15.3 ft. Meanwhile, the Cedar River At Charles City is seeing a spike in streamflows today after experiencing a 12.17% increase since yesterday, and currently running at 1290cfs.

Maximum gauge stage in the state was last observed at the Cedar River At Cedar Falls, currently reporting a stage of 78.70ft. The East Fork Des Moines River At Dakota City in the East Fork Des Moines watershed is surging for this time of year at 2540cfs, about 76.32% of normal.

Surface Flow Characteristics

Iowa is characterized by a humid continental climate and an extensive network of rivers, streams, and tributaries that supply water to major reservoirs and dams. The Des Moines River Basin, which includes the Raccoon River, provides the largest water source for the state. The Missouri River forms the western boundary of the state and is the second-largest river in Iowa. Other major rivers include the Cedar, Iowa, and Wapsipinicon. Snowmelt and rainfall are the primary sources of water in Iowa, with the state receiving an average of 32 inches of precipitation per year. The state experiences both droughts and floods, with the most severe flood in recent history occurring in 2008. The Iowa Watershed Approach is a comprehensive approach to flood management that involves watershed management, floodplain restoration, and green infrastructure.

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