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News Releases: 2007

River Flows Set New Records; Two Sites Still At Flood Stage
A "pineapple express" storm system that brought intense rainfall to western Washington on December 2 and 3, 2007, pushed river flows at about 10 sites to new all-time record high flows. As of 10:00 a.m. today, there are 2 river gaging stations reporting above flood stage set by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Thefts Hit Skagit Basin Flood-Warning Gage
Thieves completely stripped a motorized cableway and stole a solar panel from a critical stream-gaging station on the Sauk River near Sauk, Wash., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The thefts were discovered by USGS personnel during one of the regular site visits September 10.

USGS revises Skagit River flood numbers
Scientists have refined calculations of some historic Skagit River floods so that they are slightly lower than previously calculated, but still within the plus-or-minus 15-percent margin of error of previous calculations, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer Study Wraps It Up
Water managers in Idaho and Washington will soon have a new tool available to help manage water supplies that depend on the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer.

Irrigation Boosts Yakima Aquifer Recharge, Study Shows
Irrigation of croplands in the Yakima River Basin has increased ground-water recharge by about 30 percent since before development began in the basin, according to a new report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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