--Access Information at http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch --
Anyone interested in accessing information about what is happening to streams in your local area as a result of heavy rains can access the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) streamgage network at http://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 Program, the only Federal insurance program for natural hazards.
The USGS works closely with the NWS, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other Federal agencies and partners in every state, as well as many local governments, to fund and maintain about 7,000 streamgaging stations nationwide.
The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
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