It took all of 5-10 minutes to see what it contained. Anyone already familiar with the Corps’ Water Resource pages will recognize the info provided. Here’s a run down of the app menu items.
- Releases – This contains table formatted data for all the Little Rock District lakes. The table gives lake elevation, tailwater stage, turbine release in cubic feet per second (cfs), and generation in megawatts. The latest entry is pretty much realtime (about an hour or two delay), and you can view past data back about 36 hours.
- Lake Forecast – This is the Little Rock District lake pools forecast. It forecasts three days out and also tells when a lake crested and when its flood storage is forecast to be empty when applicable.
- MKARNS – This is table data for the locks and dams on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. It includes pool elevations and release info for below the dams.
- MKARNS Forecast – Find the forecast page for the locks and dams on the navigation system here.
- Ark River Basin – Stage readings for sites on the river in table format.
- Black River Basin – Stage readings for sites on the river in table format.
- Little River Basin – Stage readings for sites on the river in table format.
- White River Basin – Stage readings for sites on the river in table format.
- Real Time – This is the current conditions page for Corps lakes, White River, and MKARNS sites—again in table format.
- White River Forecast – Longrange forecast for the White River Entrance Channel to the MKARNS is here.
- SWPA Forecasts – There is a convenient link to the Southwestern Power Administration generation forecast pages.
- USGS – Likewise, a handy link to the USGS water resources streamflow pages by station is here.
- At the bottom of the menu are links to contacting the Little Rock District, news releases, and district Facebook and Twitter page links.
The app is handy, but noticeably absent are links to the graphic realtime data pages. Also, there are no phone numbers for current status generation or the SWPA generation forecast number. It would be nice to have those on the contact menu. Those links and all of the above have been on my river report page since they were first introduced and will continue to be available there as well as on the Corps district website. You might prefer one layout over the other, especially if you are only interested in White River tailwater data.
© 2013, Scott Branyan