Funding for 21 high-priority lake and stream gauges, including four in the area, has been identified, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced recently.
The gauges were to be closed Oct. 1. Schumer said 15 will be funded in the long term and six will be funded through at least next year.
The funding is important because the devices help forecast flooding from storms and rainfall and determine response, including evacuations, officials said.
Schumer said the list of the gauges to receive funding through at least 2014 includes one on the Susquehanna River at Bainbridge in Chenango County, Station ID: 01502632.
Stream gauges to receive long-term funding past 2014 include:
· Unadilla River at Rockdale in Chenango, Station ID: 01502500.
· Chenango River at Sherburne in Chenango, Station ID: 01505000.
· Chenango River at Greene in Chenango, Station ID: 01507000.
On Friday, Schumer reported that the U.S. Geological Survey consulted with many other agencies and identified long-term funding sources to keep the gauges open.
“We have learned from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, Superstorm Sandy, and the summer flooding in upstate New York that we cannot shortchange programs that our communities rely on to keep their citizens safe and well-informed, and help first responders plan flood responses,” Schumer said in a media release.