Originally Posted by Cutch
Anyone bitching because they can't get their flow beta from a website about run descriptions is doing their research all wrong. USGS and NOAA have all of the flow planning tools you really need, and it takes half the time to check flows via Water Watch than it does clicking on each run description at Eddyflower/River Brain/American Whitewater.
Thanks Kyle, I was not aware of WaterWatch.usgs.gov. I see there are state maps, and regional maps.
USGS WaterWatch -- Streamflow conditions
But I think the Eddyflower/AW/Dreamflow approach is still useful, defining boatable flows in some way (Low/Med/High for example); as long as those levels are well defined. I click on a bookmark for the eddyflower state summary, not the individual runs. Or you can customize a page with your favorite runs, in multiple states. I always thought the Low/Med/High levels on eddyflower should be visible, like the Trigger Levels on Dreamflows (sharing more info would probably result in more feedback, and more accurate info in the long run). And ideally, there would be info about changes in difficulty at higher levels. WWotSR does a great job with that.