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USGS offers streamgage network for measuring flood data

28 June 2006: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has announced that those interested in accessing information about what is happening to streams in any local area in US, as a result of heavy rains can access streamgage network at https://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch

USGS operates the nationwide streamgage network that monitors the water level and flow of the nation´s rivers and streams. Through satellite and computer technology, streamgages transmit real-time information, which the National Weather Service (NWS) uses to issue warnings so local emergency managers can get people out of harm´s way, and operators of flood-control dams and levees use to take action to reduce flood impacts. Streamgage data also help in designing structures resilient to flooding and are the basis for the Federal Emergency Management Agency´s National Flood Insurance Programme, the Federal insurance programme for natural hazards.