How to: Water down water

The thing about water is …

Sometimes it’s difficult to water down.

Hydrograph of discharge through Caloosahatchee’s S-79 structure, 2016 to present, in cubic feet per second

The inevitable result is too many lines, numbers, and outputs off all types …

Usually leaving everyone gasping for air for it to be distilled into one chart.

Historical calendar of discharge through the S-79 using the same color coding, 1970 to present (on the left).  To the right is the salinity/discharge envelope for the downstream 30 mile run of the river from the S-79 structure to the coast.

In sum, the water is more complex than any one chart.

But sometimes a good chart, properly rendered, can help simplify the math.

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