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Perennial/Intermittent Streams and Springs in the Salt River Basin

Major and minor springs with discharge rates and date of measurement, and the total number of springs in the basin are shown in Table 5.2-5.  The locations of major springs and perennial and intermittent streams are shown on Figure 5.2-6.  Descriptions of data sources and methods for intermittent and perennial reaches and springs are found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  Additional information on surface water in this basin can be found in Section 5.2.4 - Surface Water Conditions and Section 5.0.5 - Surface Water Hydrology

  • There are numerous perennial streams located throughout the basin, particularly in the high elevation eastern portion, and include the Salt River, Black River, White River, East Fork White River, North Fork White River, Carrizo Creek, Cibecue Creek, Canyon Creek and Cherry Creek. 

  • Most of the intermittent streams are found in the western portion of the basin.

  • There are 26 major springs with a measured discharge of 10 gallons per minute (gpm) or greater at any time.  The largest discharge rate is 8,980 at Alchesay spring.

  • Springs with measured discharge of 1 to 10 gpm are not mapped but coordinates are given in Table 5.2-5B.  There is one minor spring identified in this basin.

  • Listed discharge rates may not be indicative of current conditions.  Many of the measurements were taken during or prior to 1952. 

  • The total number of springs, regardless of discharge, identified by the USGS varies from 624 to 822, depending on the database reference.

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Click for Table 5.2-5 Springs in the Salt River Basin

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Click for Figure 5.2-6 Salt River Basin Perennial/Intermittent Streams and Major (>10gpm) Springs


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