Yield

  1. The quantity of water expressed either as a continuous rate of flow (e.g., cubic feet per second – cfs) or as a volume per unit of time (e.g., acre-feet per year – AFY) which can be collected for a given use or uses from surface- or ground-water sources on a watershed. The yield may vary with the use proposed, with the plan of development, and also with economic considerations.
  2. Total runoff.
  3. The streamflow in a given interval of time derived from a unit area of watershed. It is determined by dividing the observed streamflow at a given location by the drainage area above that location and is usually expressed in cubic feet per second per square mile.