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Surface Water Conditions in the Cienega Creek Basin

Streamflow data, including average seasonal flow, average annual flow and other information is shown in Table 3.3-1.  Flood ALERT equipment in the basin is shown on Table 3.3-2.  Reservoir and stockpond data, including maximum storage or maximum surface area, are shown in Table 3.3-3.   The location of streamflow gages identified by USGS number, flood ALERT equipment, USGS runoff contours and large reservoirs are shown on Figure 3.3-4.  Descriptions of stream, reservoir and stockpond data sources and methods are found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  Additional information on surface water in this basin can be found in Section 3.3.5 - Perennial/Intermittent Streams and Springs and Section 3.0.2 - Surface Water Hydrology. Where available, the header for each section provides a link to the data web site.  

Streamflow Data

  • Refer to Table 3.3-1
  • Data from two stations, one discontinued and one real-time, located at Cienega Creek are shown on the table and on Figure 3.3-4.

  • The average seasonal flow for the discontinued Pantano station is highest in the Summer (July-September) and lowest in the Spring (April-June) and the Fall (October-December).  As of 2005 a full three years of data were not available for the other station, therefore no statistics were run.

  • Maximum annual flow was 4,496 acre-feet in 1974 and minimum annual flow was 608 acre-feet in 1969 at the station near Pantano. 

Flood ALERT Equipment

  • Refer to Table 3.3-2.
  • There are seven stations in the basin as of October 2005, all but one is located in Pima County. 

Reservoirs and Stockponds

  • Refer to Table 3.3-3.
  • Surface water is stored or could be stored in four small reservoirs in the basin.
  • There are 426 registered stockponds in this basin.

Runoff Contour

  • Refer to Figure 3.3-4.
  • Average annual runoff is two inches per year, or 106.6 acre-feet per square mile in the northwestern portion of the basin and decreases to 0.5 inches per year, or 26.65 acre-feet per square mile, in the central and southern part of the basin.


Click to view Table 3.3-1

Click for Table 3.3-1 Streamflow Data for the

Cienega Creek Basin

Click to view Table 3.3-2

Click for Table 3.3-2 ALERT Flood Equipment in the

Cienega Creek Basin

Click to view Table 3.3-3

Click for Table 3.3-3 Reservoirs and Stockponds in the

Cienega Creek Basin

Click to view Figure 3.3.-4

Click for Figure 3.3-4 Cienega Creek Basin

Surface Water Conditions



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