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News Release

U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey

Release: November 6, 2006
John Clemens

Bob Kimbrough

Real-Time Flooding and Streamflow Data On-Line

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates the largest real-time streamflow monitoring network in Washington and continues to watch rivers closely throughout Western Washington during this time of flooding. Crews are now in the field to make sure that critical gaging instruments continue to operate throughout the flooding. They are also measuring peak river flows while under typically hazardous river conditions as trees and other debris are flushed down the rivers.

Direct links to streamflow information in basins expecting flooding:

For all USGS real-time streamflow monitoring stations in Washington, available 24 hours a day, see:


The USGS has been collecting water resources data in Washington since the turn of the 20th century. We currently operate about 170 sites with satellite telemetry that provide real-time data to our office via the GOES satellites and downlinks, and transfer the data to the Web for public access.

NOTE to EDITORS: For questions about the USGS real-time streamflow monitoring network, interviews with hydrologists and field crews, and additional information, contact John Clemens ( at 253-552-1635.

The USGS, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect the quality of life.

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