Posted: Apr 22, 2013 8:08 AM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of up to 375 streamgages nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration. Additional streamgages may be affected if partners reduce their funding to support USGS streamgages. The USGS is working to identify which streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available. Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which consists of over 8,000 streamgages. When budget fluctuations occur, the network is impacted.
If you have questions about specific stations or would like additional information,
please contact Wayne Berkas (406-457-5903 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following stations have been or are about to be discontinued due to the lack of funding. If you have questions about specific stations, please contact the individual identified for each State. If you have questions about the US Geological Survey National Streamflow Information Program in general please contact Mike Norris (603-226-7847; email@example.com) or Robert Mason (703-648-5305; firstname.lastname@example.org). Map link of Montana river gauges impacted.
Gauges impacted in Montana right now are the Jefferson River gauge at Three Forks, the Bitterroot River gauge near Missoula, the Smith River gauge near Fort Logan and the Yellowstone River gauge near Miles City.