New Jersey Water Science Center
Summary of July 2012 Monthly Hydrologic Conditions
Compiled in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Precipitation was below normal at all three index stations for the reference period 1981-2010. Newark reported 2.27 inches, which is 47.69 percent of normal. Atlantic City reported 3.38 inches, which is 90.86 percent of normal. Trenton reported 4.44 inches, which is 89.70 percent of normal. Total precipitation over the past 12 months was: 61.09 inches at Newark, which is 14.84 inches above normal; 47.96 inches at Atlantic City, which is 6.21 inches above normal; and 55.50 inches at Trenton, which is 9.06 inches above normal.
Combined storage in the thirteen major water supply reservoirs as of July 31 was 64.731 billion gallons (80.0 percent of capacity), which is higher than the average July contents for the reference period 1961-1990. The storage was -10.450 billion gallons less than one month ago and -7.235 billion gallons less than one year ago. The thirteen major water supply reservoirs are as follows: Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake, Oradell Reservoir, DeForest Lake, Splitrock Reservoir, Boonton Reservoir, Canistear Reservoir, Oak Ridge Reservoir, Clinton Reservoir, Charlotteburg Reservoir, Echo Lake, Wanaque Reservoir and Spruce Run Reservoir.
Streamflow was below the long-term monthly-mean for the reference period 1981-2010 at all three index stations. The monthly-mean discharge at South Branch Raritan River near High Bridge was 40.9 ft3/s, 49.0 percent of the long-term mean. The monthly-mean discharge of the Great Egg Harbor River at Folsom was 34.6 ft3/s, 56.4 percent of the long-term mean. The monthly mean discharge of the Delaware River at Trenton was 4,121 ft3/s, 58.8 percent of the long-term mean. The observed daily mean discharge of the Delaware River at Trenton on July 31 was 6,410 ft3/s.
Groundwater levels, as measured in water-table observation wells for the month of July, were below normal at the Readington School 11 and Morrell 1 index wells, and above normal at the Vocational School 2 index well. Levels decreased from last month at all three index wells. Levels were lower than one year ago at the Readington School 11 and Morrell 1 index wells, but were higher at the Vocational School 2 index well.
Water-quality parameters collected from the Delaware River at Trenton were within recorded historical monthly extremes. Water temperature ranged from 22.8 to 30.0 degrees Celsius. Dissolved oxygen ranged from 6.4 to 11.7 milligrams per liter. Specific conductance ranged from 205 to 265 microsiemens per centimeter at 25°C.
Note: The preceding data is preliminary and subject to revision.
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