Budget cuts may prompt shutoff of 375 flood gauges, USGS says

04/25/2013 | USA Today

The U.S. Geological Survey says it may stop operating 375 flood gauges as the agency faces sequestration cuts. More gauges could be turned off if state and local partners cut their support. "Even though the operation of most stream gauges is highly automated, the gauges still require periodic instrument and ratings calibration, communication adjustments, battery replacement and site maintenance," says Robert Mason of the USGS.

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