The Platte River near Duncan streamgage, just upstream from the Platte's confluence with the Loup River, began operating on June 4, 1895. For more than a century of operation, this U.S. Geological Survey streamgage has contributed abundant information about water levels to farmers, decision makers, scientists, planners, and the public by helping assure future water supplies, sound water-resources management, safe infrastructure design, and proper flood zoning.
"The value and utility of the data from long-term streamgages such as this one is difficult to overstate," said Robert Swanson, Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center.
During the 1990s, however, many such long-term streamgages were discontinued due to lack of funding. On average, each year of the decade saw a net loss of about 70 of these vital, often life-saving instruments that are located beside a river and measure water levels.
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