Congressman Reed Pushing Funding to Maintain River Gauges
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Republican Congressman representing Tompkins County and a large portion of the Southern Tier is pushing for funding to maintain local stream gauges which often provide early warning signs of impending flooding.
Congressman Tom Reed has sent a letter to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration urging the organization to keep stream and rain gauges like the one here in Tioughnioga river operating.
The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 19 stream gauges in New York that could be shut down if a funding source cannot be identified by March 1. New York state needs more than $200,000 to maintain the gauges.
The stream gauges have been critical to predict when and where flooding will occur, As recently as last week with melting snow and heavy rain local rescuers and this radio station were using the river gauge to keep property owners and resident informed about water levels. Residents living near the river and check the gauge on-line and prepare to action should the need arise.
U-S Senator Chuck Schumer has also called for more funding for the gauges.
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