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News Release

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


Release: December 15, 2006
Contact:
John Clemens
253-552-1635

River Monitoring Network Up Despite Storm

The statewide river gaging station network operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is up and operating normally, despite wind damage and power outages throughout Washington.

The USGS network of about 250 stations forms the backbone of the state’s flood warning system. Agencies like the National Weather Service and the Corps of Engineers use the real-time streamflow data from the USGS network to protect people and property during extreme weather events.

"Our gaging stations are battery powered, so they’re unaffected by power outages," said Dave Kresch, USGS hydrologist. "The windstorm hasn’t damaged any of our stations’ satellite antennas or other equipment, so they’re transmitting data as usual."

The USGS real-time streamflow data is on the Web at http://wa.water.usgs.gov/ .

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