It's almost that time of the year when little trick-or-treaters come seeking thrills deep in the forest and happen upon me - a spooktacular streamgage!
Although I don't hand out treats, I am full of tricks. Streamgage 01475850, here, enclosed in a damp green house next to Crum Creek near Newton Square, Pennsylvania.
I measure and record how high water in Crum Creek rises so that my #hydrotechs can compute how fast water is flowing. The @NWS uses this information to determine flood forecasts, emergency managers look to me to provide warnings and decision makers check my data to wisely manage water resources.
Hydrotechs from the USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center make sure I'm properly working. I'm funded by the USGS and Delaware River Basin Commission. The Commission includes the states of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, as well as the Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Commission programs include water quality protection, water supply allocation, regulatory review (permitting), water conservation initiatives, watershed planning, drought management, flood loss reduction and recreation.
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Photo cred: Adrienne Bartlewitz, USGS
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