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Billings Brook: Gavins Pond Dam, Sharon
    Drainage area: 3.82 square miles
    Weather Station: Walpole, MA
    Group: Sharon Friends of Conservation
    Description: This site was established in 2007 in response to low/no flow conditions observed previously in Billings Brook below Gavin's Pond. This site is located below Gavin's Pond and downstream from a municipal well.


Discharge Chart(s)
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Discharge chart for Billings Brook, Gavins Pond Dam,  
Sharon
11/27/2016 thru 12/27/2016

River Instream Flow Stewards Chart, www.rifls.org

NOTE: DATA ARE PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO REVISION. Some extreme high flows may not be displayed on the discharge chart if the staff gage is not calibrated for those flows. Currently the rating curve at this site is calibrated to cover stages up to 2.06 feet and discharge up to 29.08 cubic feet per second.

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Dates   From:   To:  
Include Precipitation? Yes      No
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Period of Record:   06/21/2007 - 12/27/2016


Depth Chart
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Depth chart for Billings Brook, Gavins Pond Dam, Sharon11/27/2016 thru 12/27/2016

River Instream Flow Stewards Chart, www.rifls.org

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Period of Record:   06/21/2007 - 12/27/2016


Flow Measurement Data
Stage/Depth (feet) Discharge (cubic feet per second) Measurement Date
1.71  11.5  04/30/2008 
1.3  2.2  08/05/2008 
1.36  3.02  08/12/2008 
1.71  10.13  11/07/2008 
1.9  18.07  03/09/2009 
1.62  7.85  07/07/2009 
2.05  27.55  07/24/2009 
1.22  0.64  09/01/2010 
1.57  6.4  05/09/2011 
1.34  2.52  03/26/2012 
1.16  0.34  07/12/2012 
1.1  0.16  08/27/2012 
1.36  2.68  05/14/2013 
1.32  1.76  08/19/2013 
1.68  9.46  04/30/2015 
1.18  0.51  11/10/2015 



Maps & Photographs

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Spillway went dry on 8-29-14.: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Spillway went dry on 8-29-14.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Pond level at least 2

Pond level at least 2" lower than lip of spillway.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Gauge reading: 0.98. No flow over spillway. Trickle leaving outflow pool due to groundwater.: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Gauge reading: 0.98. No flow over spillway. Trickle leaving outflow pool due to groundwater.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Trickle leaving outflow pool.: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Trickle leaving outflow pool.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Closeup of trickle of groundwater leaving outflow pool. No flow over spillway.: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Closeup of trickle of groundwater leaving outflow pool. No flow over spillway.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Shrunken, stagnant outflow pool. No flow over spillway. Trickle of groundwater leaving outflow pool.: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Shrunken, stagnant outflow pool. No flow over spillway. Trickle of groundwater leaving outflow pool.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Closeup of scum on stagnant outflow pool.: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Closeup of scum on stagnant outflow pool.
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Gavins Pond dam spillway

Gavins Pond dam spillway "waterfall"
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

View of outflow pool from spillway: 9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

View of outflow pool from spillway
9/6/2014 2:15:00 PM

Gavins Pond - hooded mergansers: 11/14/2010 10:15:00 AM

Gavins Pond - hooded mergansers
11/14/2010 10:15:00 AM

Gavins Pond - Autumn Color: 10/28/2010 5:10:00 PM

Gavins Pond - Autumn Color
10/28/2010 5:10:00 PM

Gavins Pond - Autumn Reflections: 10/25/2010 5:35:00 PM

Gavins Pond - Autumn Reflections
10/25/2010 5:35:00 PM

Large snapping turtle struggling to avoid being swept over the dam and dashed on the rocks. It somehow managed to save itself.: 8/26/2010 7:35:00 AM

Large snapping turtle struggling to avoid being swept over the dam and dashed on the rocks. It somehow managed to save itself.
8/26/2010 7:35:00 AM

Kingfisher over Gavins Pond: 8/3/2010 9:30:00 AM

Kingfisher over Gavins Pond
8/3/2010 9:30:00 AM

It's a long walk to read the gage, especially in deep snow.: 12/21/2009 2:30:00 PM

It's a long walk to read the gage, especially in deep snow.
12/21/2009 2:30:00 PM

Peculiar ice

Peculiar ice "pizzas" form in the swirling waters below the spillway in cold weather
12/21/2009 2:25:00 PM

Spillway following winter storm: 12/21/2009 2:20:00 PM

Spillway following winter storm
12/21/2009 2:20:00 PM

This house straddles an old cement spillway through the dam on Gavins Pond. Boards currently prevent water from leaving the pond via this exit. : 3/23/2009 4:40:00 PM

This house straddles an old cement spillway through the dam on Gavins Pond. Boards currently prevent water from leaving the pond via this exit.
3/23/2009 4:40:00 PM

Ring-necked ducks resting on Gavins Pond en route to the arctic.: 3/23/2009 4:35:00 PM

Ring-necked ducks resting on Gavins Pond en route to the arctic.
3/23/2009 4:35:00 PM

Canada geese on Gavins Pond: 3/23/2009 4:35:00 PM

Canada geese on Gavins Pond
3/23/2009 4:35:00 PM

Gavins Pond Dam gauge during flood. Depth is 2.60.: 12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Gavins Pond Dam gauge during flood. Depth is 2.60.
12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Gavins Pond Dam spillway in flood.: 12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Gavins Pond Dam spillway in flood.
12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Water flowing out of Gavins Pond spillway during flood.: 12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Water flowing out of Gavins Pond spillway during flood.
12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Closeup of water pouring through Gavins Pond spillway during flood.: 12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Closeup of water pouring through Gavins Pond spillway during flood.
12/12/2008 9:30:00 AM

Following heavy rains: 8/16/2008 1:45:00 PM

Following heavy rains
8/16/2008 1:45:00 PM

Beautiful area downstream of dam: 4/30/2008

Beautiful area downstream of dam
4/30/2008

Dam repairs appear complete: 4/30/2008

Dam repairs appear complete
4/30/2008

Gavins Pond outflow stream. Gauge depth: 2.39.: 2/15/2008 7:30:00 AM

Gavins Pond outflow stream. Gauge depth: 2.39.
2/15/2008 7:30:00 AM

Gavins Pond spillway. Gauge depth: 2.39.: 2/15/2008 7:25:00 AM

Gavins Pond spillway. Gauge depth: 2.39.
2/15/2008 7:25:00 AM

Gavins Pond spillway. Gauge depth: 2.39.: 2/15/2008 7:20:00 AM

Gavins Pond spillway. Gauge depth: 2.39.
2/15/2008 7:20:00 AM

Waterfall at Gavins Pond dam after snow storm: 1/14/2008 2:15:00 PM

Waterfall at Gavins Pond dam after snow storm
1/14/2008 2:15:00 PM

Water pouring out of Gavins Pond after snow storm: 1/14/2008 2:10:00 PM

Water pouring out of Gavins Pond after snow storm
1/14/2008 2:10:00 PM

Gavins Pond outflow pool following snow storm: 1/14/2008 2:05:00 PM

Gavins Pond outflow pool following snow storm
1/14/2008 2:05:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway inflow showing old ice on the pond: 1/14/2008 2:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway inflow showing old ice on the pond
1/14/2008 2:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway after heavy rain and melting snow: 1/12/2008 12:15:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway after heavy rain and melting snow
1/12/2008 12:15:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway - Christmas Day: 12/25/2007 1:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway - Christmas Day
12/25/2007 1:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway: 12/24/2007 12:05:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway
12/24/2007 12:05:00 PM

Billings Brook exiting outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam: 12/24/2007 12:00:00 PM

Billings Brook exiting outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam
12/24/2007 12:00:00 PM

Spillway: 12/19/2007 2:00:00 PM

Spillway
12/19/2007 2:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond Dam: 12/19/2007 1:55:00 PM

Gavins Pond Dam
12/19/2007 1:55:00 PM

Leaves in fall must be cleared to get an accurate gauge reading: 10/23/2007 2:00:00 PM

Leaves in fall must be cleared to get an accurate gauge reading
10/23/2007 2:00:00 PM

No water in Billings Brook stream bed feeding pond beside Lamson Road in Foxboro: 10/23/2007 12:00:00 PM

No water in Billings Brook stream bed feeding pond beside Lamson Road in Foxboro
10/23/2007 12:00:00 PM

Pond beside Lamson Road in Foxboro dried up because Billings Brook stopped flowing below Gavins Pond: 10/23/2007 12:00:00 PM

Pond beside Lamson Road in Foxboro dried up because Billings Brook stopped flowing below Gavins Pond
10/23/2007 12:00:00 PM

Close-up of stream exiting outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam two days after major precipitation: 9/14/2007 5:00:00 PM

Close-up of stream exiting outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam two days after major precipitation
9/14/2007 5:00:00 PM

Flow down sharply since flood two days ago.: 9/14/2007 5:00:00 PM

Flow down sharply since flood two days ago.
9/14/2007 5:00:00 PM

View of Billings Brook exiting the outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam following heavy rain: 9/12/2007 10:00:00 AM

View of Billings Brook exiting the outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam following heavy rain
9/12/2007 10:00:00 AM

Over 2

Over 2" of rain fell on Tuesday, 9/11/07. This photo was taken the next morning.
9/12/2007 9:00:00 AM

Dry spillway: 9/8/2007 8:05:00 AM

Dry spillway
9/8/2007 8:05:00 AM

Mere trickle leaving Gavins Pond outflow pool. : 9/7/2007 7:05:00 AM

Mere trickle leaving Gavins Pond outflow pool.
9/7/2007 7:05:00 AM

Virtually no flow over spillway: 9/5/2007 7:05:00 AM

Virtually no flow over spillway
9/5/2007 7:05:00 AM

Virtually no flow over spillway: 9/5/2007 7:05:00 AM

Virtually no flow over spillway
9/5/2007 7:05:00 AM

Just a trickle leaving outflow pool: 9/5/2007 7:00:00 AM

Just a trickle leaving outflow pool
9/5/2007 7:00:00 AM

Virtually no flow over spillway: 9/5/2007

Virtually no flow over spillway
9/5/2007

Only a trickle flowing over dam spillway on 9/4/07.: 9/4/2007 7:50:00 AM

Only a trickle flowing over dam spillway on 9/4/07.
9/4/2007 7:50:00 AM

Just a trickle flowing over spillway on 9/4/07.: 9/4/2007 7:45:00 AM

Just a trickle flowing over spillway on 9/4/07.
9/4/2007 7:45:00 AM

Flow over spillway increased visibly since 8/29 despite no rain, even though gauge at inflow dropped slightly. Why? : 8/30/2007 8:00:00 AM

Flow over spillway increased visibly since 8/29 despite no rain, even though gauge at inflow dropped slightly. Why?
8/30/2007 8:00:00 AM

Flow over spillway down to 0.044 cfs as measured by bucket method. Gauge at 1.50.: 8/29/2007 11:55:00 AM

Flow over spillway down to 0.044 cfs as measured by bucket method. Gauge at 1.50.
8/29/2007 11:55:00 AM

Flow slowed to a trickle. : 8/29/2007 7:00:00 AM

Flow slowed to a trickle.
8/29/2007 7:00:00 AM

Flow estimated by bucket method at 0.15 cfs.: 8/26/2007 6:00:00 PM

Flow estimated by bucket method at 0.15 cfs.
8/26/2007 6:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond spillway flow about 0.4 cfs, roughly half the flow on 8/7/07: 8/17/2007 11:00:00 AM

Gavins Pond spillway flow about 0.4 cfs, roughly half the flow on 8/7/07
8/17/2007 11:00:00 AM

Gavins Pond Spillway. Est. flow using 5 gal bucket: 0.77 cfs. Gauge reading: 1.66.: 8/7/2007 2:00:00 PM

Gavins Pond Spillway. Est. flow using 5 gal bucket: 0.77 cfs. Gauge reading: 1.66.
8/7/2007 2:00:00 PM

Looking down on Gavins Pond spillway waterfall: 8/7/2007 1:30:00 PM

Looking down on Gavins Pond spillway waterfall
8/7/2007 1:30:00 PM

Water leaving Gavins Pond via spillway: 8/7/2007 1:25:00 PM

Water leaving Gavins Pond via spillway
8/7/2007 1:25:00 PM

Gavins Pond outflow spillway: 7/13/2007 9:05:00 AM

Gavins Pond outflow spillway
7/13/2007 9:05:00 AM

One and a half inches deep, 100

One and a half inches deep, 100" wide spillway, 2.67 feet per second velocity, 2.8 cfs
7/13/2007 9:05:00 AM

Billings Brook: outflow pool from Gavins Pond: 7/5/2007 1:55:00 PM

Billings Brook: outflow pool from Gavins Pond
7/5/2007 1:55:00 PM

Billings Brook: outflow pool from Gavins Pond: 7/5/2007 1:55:00 PM

Billings Brook: outflow pool from Gavins Pond
7/5/2007 1:55:00 PM

Billings Brook, outflow pool from Gavins Pond, scum on gauge just two weeks after installation: 7/5/2007 1:50:00 PM

Billings Brook, outflow pool from Gavins Pond, scum on gauge just two weeks after installation
7/5/2007 1:50:00 PM

Billings Brook, outflow pool from Gavins Pond: gauge after cleaning: 7/5/2007 1:50:00 PM

Billings Brook, outflow pool from Gavins Pond: gauge after cleaning
7/5/2007 1:50:00 PM

Location map - Gavins Pond Dam outflow : 7/1/2007 5:30:00 AM

Location map - Gavins Pond Dam outflow
7/1/2007 5:30:00 AM

Several ponds in Foxboro downstream of Gavins Pond also depend on flow in Billings Brook: 6/1/2005

Several ponds in Foxboro downstream of Gavins Pond also depend on flow in Billings Brook
6/1/2005




For comments, suggestions, or new observations please contact: Michelle Craddock, Flow Restoration Specialist at michelle.craddock@state.ma.us