West Branch of St. Regis River in Parishville believed to be at lowest level on record
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 6:08 am

This photo of the West Branch of the St. Regis River was taken Sept. 2 by Fred Wilhelm from the Jones Road bridge four miles above Parishville.

PARISHVILLE – Following one of the driest summers in recent memory, the West Branch of the St. Regis River is running at what is believed to be its lowest height on record.

The flow is running at approximately 44 cubic feet per second, according to resident Fred Wilhelm.

That is less than half the mean rate of about 110 cubic feet per second for this time of year, or about eight inches higher than current height, he said.

The former lowest discharges were on Sept. 6, 1999, and Aug. 16, 2001, he said.

The United States Geologic Survey gauge near the bridge on Jones Road four miles above Parishville has been measuring the river since 1958.