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Since 1889, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has operated a multipurpose streamgaging network supported primarily by other Federal, State, and local agencies. Streamgaging stations are the monitoring tools used to track the flux of water and associated components in streams and rivers across the Nation. Streamflow data from them are used for planning and decisions related to agriculture, industry, urban water supplies, navigation, riverine and riparian habitat, and flood hazard identification. The principles that have guided this national network are:
These goals remain appropriate and applicable today. However, the multipurpose
streamgaging network needs increased resources and reorientation because of
deficiencies in the present network to meet Federal goals, changing instrumentation
and communication technology, and new opportunities to integrate our streamflow
data with information from other Federal agencies.
A Proposed National Streamflow Information Program
Federal-Interest Streamflow Network
Other Federal Streamflow Interests
New Funding Mechanism
A New Mode of Operation
Protecting Stations from Floods
Intensive Data-Collection during Floods and Droughts
National Streamflow Assessment
Enhanced Streamflow Information Delivery and Products
Data Processing and Dissemination System
1-5. Graphs showing:
- Funding sources for USGS streamgaging stations for fiscal years 1974-99
- Annual loss of streamgaging stations with more than 30 years of record
- Flux of herbicides in runoff from the Flint River, Georgia from Tropical Storm Alberto, July 1994
- Long-term changes in streamflow of the Sugar River in Wisconsin
- Variation in estimates of the 100-year flood for two different time periods for the Chehalis River near Grand Mound, Washington
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U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25286 Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225
Chief, Office of Surface Water
U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources Division
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive,
Mail Stop 415
Reston, VA 20192
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