Dayflow is the estimate of daily average outflow from the Delta. It is computed once per year following the start of the new water year (October 1). At that time official QA/QC’d data is requested from several (Table 1) sources. Once all input data is received, Dayflow estimate of Delta outflow is computed.

The Dayflow program also estimates the following as daily averages:

  1. Net flow through the Delta Cross Channel and Georgiana Slough (when measured flow is not available).
  2. Net flow at Jersey Point (also called QWEST)
  3. Position of X2, the 2 ppt salinity isohaline.

The Dayflow estimate of Delta outflow is referred to as the “net Delta outflow index” (NDOI) because it does not an account for tidal flows, the fortnight lunar fill-drain cycle of the estuary, or barometric pressure changes. It is a quantity that never actually occurs in real time. Rather, it is an estimate of the net difference between ebbing and flooding tidal flows at Chipps Island (~ + / - 150,000 cfs), aliased to a daily average. Depending on conditions, the actual net Delta outflow for a given day can be much higher or lower than the Dayflow estimate. Dayflow Net Delta Outflow vs Net Delta Outflow Index provides an example comparison of Dayflow output with measured daily average outflow.

View Dayflow data and resources on the CNRA Open Data website. 

Table 1: Dayflow program: Responsible Agencies And Input Data

Responsible Agency

Input data


Sacramento River at Freeport, Yolo Bypass at Woodland, Cosumnes River at

Michigan Bar, San Joaquin River at Vernalis, Delta Cross Channel, Georgiana Slough


Calaveras River


Mokelumne River at Woodbridge


Precipitation at Stockton Fire Department, Clifton Court Forebay gate flow, Barker Slough

export, Byron Bethany ID depletion, X2 (only when outflow is negative)

DWR Bay-Delta

Estimated Delta island consumptive use


Sacramento Weir spill, Lisbon Weir flow


Delta Cross-Channel gate status, Tracy export, Contra Costa export


Lake Barryessa releases, Lake Solano inflow, Putah Creek



Dayflow input Station Locations. Contact if you need more information about this image.

Contact Information

Environmental Planning and Information Branch
Dayflow Program
3500 Industrial Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 376-9731