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USGS to Discontinue Streamgages Due to Sequestration:

UPDATE, August 7, 2013: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of a number of 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 with partners to identify which streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available. Impacts to the Washington network currently are not known.

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.

UPDATE, April 30, 2013: In Washington, the USGS National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP) included an equipment account for flood hardening and upgrading equipment at gages funded through NSIP. The USGS Washington Water Science Center decided to take the sequestration cuts by zeroing out this account and thus was able to rescue gages identified for cutting in FY13. Planned upgrades will be delayed or cancelled, depending on the response of our local partners. This is a short-term solution to rescue streamgages in FY13 only; a similar cut to NSIP funding in FY14 would result in discontinuing the operation of some streamgages in Washington.

April 1, 2013: 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 with partners to identify which streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available. Impacts to the Washington network currently are not known.

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.

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