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Perennial/Intermittent Streams and Springs in the Verde 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 5.5-5.  The locations of major springs and perennial and intermittent streams are shown on Figure 5.5-5.   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 5.5.4 - Surface Water Conditions and Section 5.0.5 - Surface Water Hydrology.

  • Perennial streams are located throughout most of the basin and include the Verde River, Oak Creek, Fossil Creek, East Verde Creek, West Clear Creek, Wet Beaver Creek, Deadman Creek and Sycamore Creek.  These streams are perennial for all or most of their length.

  • Intermittent streams are found throughout the basin except for the northwestern portion of the basin.

  • There are 102 major springs with a measured discharge of 10 gallons per minute (gpm) or greater at any time, the largest number reported in any groundwater basin in Arizona.  The largest discharge rate of 21,647 gpm was measured at Fossil Creek spring. 

  • Springs with measured discharge of 1 to 10 gpm are not mapped but coordinates are given in Table 5.2-5B.  There are 83 minor springs in this basin.

  • Listed discharge rates may not be indicative of current conditions.  Many of the measurements were taken during or prior to 1981. 

  • The total number of springs, regardless of discharge, identified by the USGS varies from 493 to 571, depending on the database reference.

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Click to view Table 5.5-5 Springs in the Verde River Basin

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Click to view Figure 5.5-5 Verde River Basin Perennial/Intermittent Streams and Major (>10gpm) Springs

 

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References and Supplemental Reading for the Verde River Basin

Colorado River Central Highlands Planning Area Download entire Central Highlands Planning Area Atlas in pdf Verde River above Paulden Oak Creek