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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 09:30 AM

Sequester Cuts Funds For 375 Flood Gauges - But At Least We'll Be Able To Fly Out Of Danger On Time

Just in time for the spring flood season, the federal sequester is threatening to shut off funding for hundreds of stream gauges used by the U.S. Geological Survey to predict and monitor flood levels across the country.

"The USGS will discontinue operation of up to 375 stream gauges nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration," the USGS notes on its website. Additional stream gauges may be affected if USGS partners at state and local agencies reduce their funding support.

USGS is quick to point out, though, they won't take out of service the gauges now being used to monitor the heavy floods soaking the Midwest. Robert Mason, deputy chief of the USGS Office of Surface Water, says the USGS plans to prioritize those gauges that are used by the National Weather Service for forecasting, so that the impact of the cuts is minimized.

In all, a total of 682 gauges have some level of funding issues (some of the gauges may not be shut off entirely). The USGS, which operates about 95% of the gauges, is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/25/flood-gauges-sequester/2113141/

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Reply Sequester Cuts Funds For 375 Flood Gauges - But At Least We'll Be Able To Fly Out Of Danger On Time (Original post)
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pscot Apr 2013 #3
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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 09:44 AM

1. Dept. of Interior manages these vital Bureaus -

The U.S. Department of the Interior is a Cabinet-level agency that manages America’s vast natural and cultural resources. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell heads our department, which employs 70,000 people, including expert scientists and resource-management professionals, in nine technical bureaus:

•Bureau of Indian Affairs
•Bureau of Land Management
•Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
•Bureau of Reclamation
•Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
•National Park Service
•Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
•U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
•U.S. Geological Survey

http://www.doi.gov/bureaus/index.cfm

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 10:31 AM

2. Oh, marvelous!

No need to track our ongoing pattern of record breaking floods…

http://streamstatsags.cr.usgs.gov/ThreatenedGages/ThreatenedGages.html

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:56 PM

3. Gauges? We don't need no no stinking guages!

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Response to pscot (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:38 PM

4. Gauges? That sounds almost scientific!

Screw that. If there's a flood a coming, surely the bible will tell us!

For the sarcastically challenged...

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