Flow rate in time

Usually I see a stream in an “instant” (and then leave).

Always left lingering for me is much it adds up to over a year.

In this case, at Deer Creek in Harford County, Maryland, the answer is 80 cubic feet per second (as filmed on June 29th) and 23 Empire state-sized barrel full per year (assuming that constant flow rate).

I know what you’re thinking:

There’s no holding that water back.

Actually, there is, or rather at least there once was.

Just a few miles upstream is Eden Mill Dam. It used to provide electricity to the Dairy Farmer’s just across the border in Pennsylvania. Now its a scenic spot that attracts hikers, historians and an occasional hydrologist.

As for the water, it just sort of slides on by.

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