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  •  I love the USGS. (4+ / 0-)

    I don't often avail myself of their data; but their real time data is awesome.  In contrast to my congresscritter, (MD-01) who is worthless.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:46:12 PM PDT

    •  The long term gage data collection program (6+ / 0-)

      is only one of the many, many things we do of course, but keeping our gages going has been a real funding challenge recently (water is my "mission area" in the USGS which is why I'm aware of it). Many of these gages are maintained cooperatively with states and other Fed agencies. Over the years we have had to decrease our share, and these partners who we depend on to keep the gages going are facing similar cuts. A big question mark today  is how  our OFA funding will be affected by the sequester, and the increasingly unstable funding environment.

      it's important to push back on the meme [that] services that government provides are only for Romney's 47 percenters...
      This long-term flow record is used to design bridges dams, water supply, and wastewater treatment systems. Any missing part of the flow record seriously compromises the ability of engineers to design these things in a way that will avoid (sometimes catastrophic) failure. When a bridge fails or surface water is too contaminated -- the 100% on the road or downstream are impacted.

      Long term flow records become have even more important as engineers require information to mitigate the complex and poorly-defined effects of climate change on this same infrastructure.

      >>> import moderateRepublican ImportError: No module named moderateRepublican

      by robbinsdale radical on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 07:06:02 PM PDT

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