USGS To Turn Off 375 Stream Gages Due To Sequestration

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The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of up to 375 stream gages nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration.
 
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Some not-so-good news from the USGS:

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.

You can see a map and state-by-state list of the affected stream gages here.

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Remember when congress negotiated the sequestration deal? It was supposed to be so majestically stupid that nobody in their right mind would let it happen.


And here we are. (No political catfights in the comments, please.)

California escapes with just a nick; the Rocky Mountain West, Florida and the Northeast appear to be less fortunate.
 
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Redding is one of the best places to launch for Trophy Rainbow Trout & Trophy Steelhead Fishing in Northern California. A number of great rivers are within an easy drive and local guides can on any given day help you figure out where the fishing is great.

The Klamath river, Sacaramento river, Trinity River and the Feather river are all being frequented by local guides and fly fisher.
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Let's all hope that spunky never lives in an area prone to flooding or drought. You are showing your ignorance by not knowing what raingages can be used for.
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Evan: Stream gaging is conducted for many more reasons than fisheries management. You're pulling our leg, right? There are other reasons for doing things beyond fishing?!
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The majority of the sites on the hook are NOT used to measure rain fall; they are used to monitor stream stage levels and discharge. Some of them, such as the ones found in lower New York, are groundwater monitoring sites or water quality monitoring sites. Stream gaging is conducted for many more reasons than fisheries management. Monitoring discharge and stage levels in streams helps predict high ... more and low flow events, and is also very important for water allocation, which does include ensuring that sufficient flow remains in the streams for fish habitation and reproduction. As far as the Frijoles, the impacts to the stream's water quality following the fires will mostly include higher temperatures, increased turbidity, and lower levels of disolved oxygen. In time, the Frijoles will recover, and as Tom said, Brook trout populations will be least affected by the water impairments and should bounce back quickly. Unfortunately, the native Rio Grande Cutthroat are much more susceptible to increased water temperatures and decreased DO levels. The Cuts will need some help!
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The Frijoles was home to native Rio Grande cutthroat and brookies. Most likely this will be taken as an opportunity to clean any remaining trout from the stream and make it a RGCT-only habitat. I'm not against that as I really, really, really enjoy that cutthroat on tiny streams and I see the benefit in creating another reserve fishery to protect that species. I'll just have to suck it up and work ... more a little harder for my annual brookie catch.
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Dan: The trout in the Frijoles were mostly killed off after the Las Conchas fire a couple of years ago, which was a real bummer because that was a brookie stream and those are rare in my parts. So, I guess a stream gauge isn’t so important there right now :P. If they're Brookies, you can always hold out hope they'll repopulate.
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Thanks. The tide of yahoos just keeps rising, always nice to get a little help.
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Been a long week. And I've been dealing with assholes for way too much of it, especially assholes who were dead wrong about something. Enough said.
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Some are rain gauges. The units in New Mexico are stream flow and water quality. Fortunately none of NM's are on any really important waters. The trout in the Frijoles were mostly killed off after the Las Conchas fire a couple of years ago, which was a real bummer because that was a brookie stream and those are rare in my parts. So, I guess a stream gauge isn't so important there right now :P.
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Hey Smolt- Our California (Meeks Creek) Rain Gauge (in red none the less) near my house is actually in the creek! It must have fallen over. It measures flow (in cubic FEET per second), conductivity, and turbidity. Pretty amazing rain gauge. Must have been designed by Noah (not NOAA). You might want to change your incorrect post otherwise you may look even dumber than . . .
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Hey Chum, these are RAIN GAUGES not WATER GAUGES, that the USGS is not going to service (At least the ones in Red). I have never checked a RAIN GAUGE in my life, unlike the USGS WATER GAUGES\, which I rely on frequently. Maybe these WATER GAUGES should be terminated and we can spend the money on more productive things, like dam removal, or do you believe that all Federal programs are to live into ... more infinity? You might want to change the incorrect posting, otherwise Chum might look even dumber than Congress and President Obama.
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