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Nine key stream gauges will receive long-term funding

WASHINGTON - Nine high-priority stream gauges will now receive long-term funding, staving off their planned closure on October 1st.  In addition to those nine, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer confirmed that two more gauges will receive long-term funding to operate on a limited basis, providing peak annual flow information. 

Schumer has long spoken of the importance of stream gauges in flood detection, prevention, and evacuation planning in Upstate New York, and called for the full funding of New York’s existing 200-plus stream and river gauges, and urged for more funding for the federally-supported stream gauge network in both FY2014 and FY2015. Today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that it had identified long-term funding sources that would be used to keep open 9 of New York’s highest priority stream gauges; otherwise these gauges would have been shut off on October 1st.  Schumer noted that this does not include all of New York’s high-priority gauges, and he will continue fighting to find permanent funding for others.

“We have learned from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, Superstorm Sandy, and the periodic flooding in Upstate New York that we cannot shortchange programs that our communities rely on to keep their citizens safe and well-informed, and that help first responders,” Schumer said. 

The senator revealed that nine gauges, dispersed between the Susquehanna, Bronx, Salmon and Chemung Rivers, as well as one on Owego Creek, will now be funded at least through 2014.