Senator Charles Schumer today announced 21 stream gauges in New York will continue to receive federal funding and avoid closure on Oct. 1.
Of the 21 stream gauges, 15 will receive long-term funding while the remaining six will receive funding through 2014. The United State Geological Survey said it had identified long-term funding sources.
“Stream gauges are the first line of defense in river flooding,” Schumer said in a press release. “We have a solemn responsibility to prepare our communities in the event of natural disasters and always do our best to prevent loss of life and property-stream gauges do both for pennies on the dollar.”
New York has over 200 stream and river gauges. The gauges are used to monitor key bodies of water for water height, discharge, water chemistry and water temperature. Schumer’s office didn’t immediately say how much money was secured for the gauges.
Schumer earlier this year said he sought to get the funding and avoid the gauges’ closure.
The 21 gauges that will continue to receive funding are in Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Stueben, Chemung, Steuben, Clinton, Oswego, Washington, Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Rockland, and Tompkins counties.
Here’s some of the ones that will be funded:
- Susquehanna River at Windsor (Broome – Station ID: 01502731)
- Susquehanna River at Binghamton (Broome – Station ID: 01503500)
- Susquehanna River at Owego (Tioga – Station ID: 01513831)
- Tioga River at Undley (Steuben – Station ID: 01520500)
- Chemung River at Elmira (Chemung – Station ID: 01530332)
- Susquehanna River at Vestal (Broome – Station ID: 01513500)
- Susquehanna River near Waverly (Tioga – Station ID: 01515000)
- Canisteo River at West Cameron (Steuben – Station ID: 01525500)
- Esopus Creek near Lomontville (Ulster – Station ID: 01363555)
- Salmon Creek near Ludlowville (Tompkins – Station ID: 0423401815)
- Hudson River at South Dock at West Point (Orange – Station ID: 01374019)
- Hudson River at Piermont (Rockland – Station ID: 01376269)