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What is a reach?

“Reach” can have slightly different meanings, depending on how it is used.

A reach is a section of a stream or river along which there are similar hydrologic conditions, such as discharge, depth, area, and slope. It can also be the length of a stream or river (with varying conditions) between two streamgages, or a length of river for which the characteristics are well described by readings at a single streamgage.

More generally, a reach is just any length of a stream or river. The term is often used by hydrologists when they’re referring to a small section of a river rather than its entire length from end to end.  

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