Budget Issue May Silence Stream Gauges

12:03 PM, Sep 26, 2008   |    comments
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Stream gauges in West Virginia and three other states may go silent next Wednesday because of federal budget issues.

A.B. Wade with the U.S. Geological Survey says the agency is concerned about 30 gauges that record water data in the Potomac and Susquehanna river basins in West Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

The gauges are funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In a letter to West Virginia's congressional delegation, the USGS says possible corps budget cuts will mean eight gauges in the state will be discontinued.

The USGS says if that happens, there will only be 14 gauges to monitor stream flow and water quality in the Potomac's 3,900-square-mile river basin.

Wade says it costs about $12,000 a year to operate each gauge.

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