7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
The following was posted by Andy Meilleur
There is a bridge just upstream of where Dugway Rd meets Huntington Rd that has a 5 gallon sized rock about 20 ft. upstream of the bridge. Tony Shaw showed me this rock as a water level gauge for the river and I have used it ever since. Medium level starts with the rock about 6" above water with a noticeable eddy. High level starts with water cresting over the rock. Very high level starts when the rock is submerged and forms a small surface wave. After that is flood. We had a warm day near 80 and the river was filled entirely by runoff. The level was high, rising to very high. We put in a bridge below Huntington Center and ran the river, finding washed out features and wave trains. There were many strainers, most of no consequence, but two near Dugway road were significant.
-- Andy Meilleur
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