Data Streams

Links to Near Real-Time Data

Stream Flow

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Near Real Time Hydrographics Data program is an on-line program that generates custom tables and graphs of stream flow, canal, and reservoir data. OWRD operates more than 90 stream and reservoir gages throughout the Rogue Basin. About 65 of these gages are operated as near real-time flow gages. These gages transmit stream data every hour. Some gages also include near real-time temperature readings.

The Bureau of Reclamation operates a network of automated hydrologic and meteorologic monitoring stations located throughout the Pacific Northwest. The network, called Hydromet, transmits water and environmental data via radio and satellite to provide cost-effective, near-real-time water management capability.

The National Water Information System (NWIS) maintains a network of fstream gages to track daily streamflow conditions. Data are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals. The program depicts streamflow conditions as a percentile and generates custom graphs and tables that for one or more stations.

Reservoir Storage

The Bureau of Reclamation produces tea-cup diagrams for each of their major Reclamation Reservoirs. The level of blue fill in the Tea-Cup represents the level of fill in the reservoir. The diagram also shows the name of each reservoir, the ratio of the volume of water currently in the reservoir to the volume of water in the reservoir when it is full, and the percent full.


SNOTEL is an automated system of snowpack and climate sensors operated by the US National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). SNOTEL (SNOwpack TELemetry) data provides a reliable, cost effective way to collect snowpack and other meteorological data needed to produce water supply forecasts and support the resource management activities.

Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought.

Fire Maps provides up-to-date information about wildfires occurring on Bureau of Land Management and private ownerships in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system that provides information about wildfires throughout the country.

Weather Forecasts

Local weather conditions at the Rogue Valley International Airport provided by the NOAA National Weather Service

The NOAA Weather Prediction Center provides a wide range of national weather forecasts and analysis including flooding, rainfall, and daily weather.

The NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service a web-based suite of forecast products that displays the magnitude and uncertainty of occurrence of floods or droughts, from hours to days and months, in advance.

The NOAA GEOS Image Viewer provides up-to-date satellite images.

Water Quality Resources

Water Quality Databases

Water Quality Portal (WQP) is a s a cooperative service sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC). WQP contains data connected to the federal National Water Information System (NWIS) and STOrage and RETrieval Water Quality Exchange (STORET), from USGS, EPA, tribes, NGOs, and academic groups.

Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS) is the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) water monitoring data portal. AWQMS replaces the LASAR system which has been retired. It contains data from partner groups, such as watershed councils, and is available to view, query, chart, graph, and download.

The NorWeST Stream Temperature database hosts stream temperature data and climate scenarios in a variety of user-friendly digital formats for streams and rivers across the western U.S.

The Oregon Water Quality Index analyzes a defined set of water quality variables and produces a score describing general water quality for a particular monitoring site in the ambient monitoring network. Map scores are color-coded to indicate water quality status, and evaluated for improving or declining trends at each site. The status and trend analyses incorporate 10 years of water quality data. ODEQ manages 9 OWQI sites in the Rogue Basin.


Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act requires states to identify waterbodies that do not meet water quality standards and are not supporting their beneficial uses. These waters are placed on the Section 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Segments, also known as the 303(d) List of Impaired Waterbodies. The list identifies the pollutant or stressor causing impairment and establishes a schedule for developing a control plan to address the impairment.  Placement on this list generally triggers development of a pollution control plan called a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for each waterbody and associated pollutant / stressor on the list. At the time of writing the Rogue Basin TMDLs, DEQ found it impractical to address many of the sediment and dissolved oxygen listings. DEQ plants to address these parameters as part of the TMDL review process. TMDLs in the Rogue Basin include:

Rogue Basin

Bear Creek Watershed

Applegate Subbasin

Lower Sucker Creek

Upper Sucker Creek

Lobster Creek Watershed


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