A Stream Gage installation is proposed at the San Joaquin River. Installation consists of a pre-made metal box (36"x36"x12") mounted on two metal 4" pipe footings 6' in length. Two 8"x36" holes would be dug with a hand held auger to install the footings. Approximately 80lbs of concrete would be poured in place to install the footings. The stream gage's plastic bubbler tube would be contained in a 1" galvanized pipe that would be daylighted and anchored with rebar and/or metal tee post driven approximately 24" into the ground spaced every 10 feet, from the station house to the lowest point of flow in the river. Equipment has self-maintaining purging option to prevent sediment accumulation/system failure. Setup includes a GOES satellite transmitter and solar panel to be installed on the metal stream gage box. As many as 4 staff gages would be installed adjacent to the 1" galvanized pipe containing the bubbler line. All project activities will be conducted using hand tools.
The installation would take no more than a few days, would take place on existing disturbed land, would be minimally intrusive, and would result in minimal impact to habitats, wildlife, and or to the waters of the State or the US.