Two of the more obvious reasons for collecting USGS streamgage data are flood warnings to protect lives and reduce property damage, and mapping floodplains to provide crucial scientific impact to vulnerable locations. According to a recently released report, "Benefits of USGS Streamgaging Program: Users and Uses of USGS Streamflow Data," taxpayers and the nation receive additional benefits from the streamgage network.
This report, produced by the National Hydrologic Warning Council, is the first of two reports the council will be preparing on the USGS streamgaging program. The first report is a broad-based description of the different types of benefits that come from USGS streamgages, highlighting who uses the data, how they benefit from the data, and the consequences of the absence of data. The second report, now in review at NHWC, is a more quantitative benefit analysis. It explores several major categories of benefits and compares those benefits to the costs of the program. The second report is expected to be released in the fall. This report is now available on line at: http://nhwc.udfcd.org/PDF/nhwc_nsip_phaseA.pdf.
Listed below is additional USGS streamgage information that may be of interest:
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