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September 11, 2013

Funding for some stream gauges restored

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“As recent flooding and natural disasters have shown, funding stream gauges is a critical and comparatively minor investment relative to the cost of repairing and rebuilding after a flood for which a community did not have time to prepare.”

The Geological Service, in consultation with the National Weather Service and other partners, evaluated the entire New York stream network to prioritize gauge use, with an emphasis on those that provide information needed for flood forecast and warning.

Through this effort, stream gauges were rated and the network evaluated to determine if funds could be shifted from low- to high-priority devices.

The Geological Service then worked with several funding partners, the release said, including the State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Canal Corporation, Susquehanna Flood Forecast and Warning System, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lake Champlain Basin Program, to build long-term support for operation of the most critical stream gauges in the state.

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