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Greetings from snowy Gage 6614800 here on the Michigan River near Cameron Pass, Colorado.  I've been in operation since 1973 and am one of the top 5 highest elevation gages in the United States!  I am managed by the @usgs Colorado Water Science Center but the @fortcollinsgov pays for me.  The information I provide is used to quantify natural flows before its diversion which brings some of this water through Joe Wright Reservoir and ultimately to the Front Range of Colorado via the Cache La Poudre River (rather than down into the North Platte River basin). There are many trans-basin diversions in the State of Colorado sending water to populated areas. 
It's a bit cold out right now but during the summer, fly fishing can be found downriver from me on the Michigan River. 
#StreamgagesofInstagram #streamgage #snow #december #science #scicomm #earthscience #colorado #bobtailcreek #water #fortcollins #joewrightreservoir #scicomm #science #usgs #geoscience #earthscience #northplatteriver #michiganriver #fishing

Photo cred: Duncan Morel, USGS
Good morning from Gage 05538020 here on the Des Plaines River in Lock Channel in Illinois! I am located just downstream of the Brandon Road Lock in Joliet.  I'm cooperatively funded by the @usgs Central Midwest Water Science Center and the @usacehq Chicago District as part of an Asian Carp control project. There have been Asian Carp testing in this channel by the @usacehq, @usfws, @illinoisdnr, and @usgs.  The water quality data collected here is also used for habitat conditions for Asian Carp before, during, and after control method testing.  There are also plenty of fish other than Asian Carp that swim past me like bluegills, catfish, and different species of bass.  On the river of which I gage also resides the Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon. This is the second oldest continual canoe race in the U.S.! #StreamgagesofInstagram #streamgage #sunrise #december #science #scicomm #earthscience #illinois #desplainesriver #water #lockchannell #usace #usfws #illinoisdnr #usace #kayak #canoe #fishing #fish #scicomm #science #water #usgs #geoscience #earthscience 
Photo cred: Clayton Bosch, USGS
Somebody close the door, it's cold out! Gage 14120000 here on the Hood River at Tucker Bridge in Oregon.  I'm cooperatively funded by the @usgs Oregon Water Science Center and @bonnevillepower.  Measurements go as far back as 1898 (a total of 24 measurements conducted from 1898-1965) and were most likely estimated from the previous bridge that was located just upstream of the current one. My data is used in conjunction with a @nws rain gage to estimate weather systems as well as predict potential flooding. Exiting into the Columbia River, this stretch of Hood River is very popular for kayak/rafting and a great swimming hole under the bridge during the summer months! 
#StreamgagesofInstagram #streamgage #snow #december #science #scicomm #earthscience #oregon #hoodriver #water #tuckerbridge #bonneville #columbiariver #kayak #scicomm #science #water #usgs #geoscience #earthscience 
Photo cred: Sylas Daughtrey, USGS
Snowy streamgage 15275100 here, on the Chester Creek in Alaska!  I'm cooperatively funded by the @usgs Alaska Science Center and the @alaska_dotpf  as part of the Small Streams Program. The intent is to collect streamflow information in small basins to aid in design of culverts and bridges.  In addition, I help @nws forecast floods accurately. Data collection started in 1966, but there have been a few gaps in my record. While it is cold now, Chester Creek is a popular greenbelt trail through the center of town and the Iditarod teams pass just upstream of me every March during the ceremonial start. 
#StreamgagesofInstagram #streamgage #snow #november #science #scicomm #earthscience #alaska #chestercreek #water #iditarod #running #trails #transportation 
Photo cred: Chris Zimmerman, USGS
This stargazing streamgage is here to bid farewell to the co-founder and voice behind us all, Elizabeth! This account will soon switch hands to fellow co-founder, Adrienne, who will continue to keep everyone updated on your team of streamgages across the country.

Streamgage 06408650, here, silhouetted against the Milky Way in South Dakota. When I'm not mesmerized by the glowing night sky, I'm monitoring water height and flow for the Cheyenne River near Scenic, SD. Hydrotechs with the USGS Dakota Water Science Center routinely head out to visit me and verify my data. 
@NWS uses my information to accurately forecast floods, @FEMA and other emergency managers check on me if they need to issue warnings, and states and local agencies look to me to better manage water. I'm funded by the SD Department of Natural Resources, Water Rights Division, and USGS.

Photo cred: Josh Lee, USGS 
#StreamgagesofInstagram #milkyway #scenic #southdakota #scenicsouthdakota #stars #nightsky #water #science #scicomm #usgs #geoscience #earthscience
It's time for pumpkins, sweaters and creepy crawlers! Alas, only the latter you'll find in me.

Spookygage 02379500, here, on the Cartecay River in Georgia. I'm hanging out in my haunted house (complete with suspicious stains) and collecting information on how high the murky yellow-green river behind me rises to help @NWS forecast floods accurately. 
I also share my information with emergency managers and local decision makers to help keep citizens safe! Brave hydrotechs from the South Atlantic Water Science Center visit me by crossing my narrow bridge and trying not to fall into the vivid orange spikes below them. The USGS funds me to ensure many more years of sitting here looking haunted.

Happy Halloween to all! 
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Photo cred: Alan Cressler, USGS; thanks to Jason Burton, USGS for adding special effects on the second image
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.

#StreamgagesofInstagram #Pennsylvania #spookygage #spookgage #crumcreek #creek #science #scicomm #earthscience #environmentalscience #envirosci #delawareriverbasin 
Photo cred: Adrienne Bartlewitz, USGS
Some of your streamgages are struggling to get their data out right now. 
Hello from approximately 14 percent of gages across the nation! The USGS is working to restore those of us that are offline due to an issue with the telemetry system that records and transmits our data. USGS experts have identified and prioritized getting back online first those gages in geographic areas expected to receive significant rainfall over the next few days. 
The two you see featured here are: 1) 11180100 on Dry Creek in California and 2) 07377500 on the Comite River in Louisiana. Although we cannot transmit at this time, we are still collecting data that should be available when back online.

Various stakeholders depend on us, including the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state agencies, and the Bureau of Reclamation, among others. The USGS is working closely with its stakeholders to alert them of the issue and follow-up with updates. 
You can find out which gages are impacted and who to contact for specific information here:

#StreamgagesofInstagram #streamgage #satellite #streamgagewehaveaproblem #science
Bronze leaves and long sleeves mean autumn is here!

Hello from your super solar-paneled groundwater monitoring well in Petersham, Massachusetts. You can see Sam Banas, one of my awesome hydrotechs, using an electric tape to measure how close to the surface water underneath me rises.

Groundwater wells like me provide drought information to federal and state agencies. Fortunately, southern New England is no longer in a drought, although, northern New England (mostly Vermont) still has lower-than-normal levels of water stored underground. Things are getting wetter here, though! 
I'm funded by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Water Resources and USGS.

#groundwaterwellsofinstagram #well #fall #autumn #fallleaves #fieldwork #science #water #drought #scicomm #geoscience #environmentalscience #massachusetts #newengland

Photo cred: Sam Banas, USGS
This towering, spooky streamgage is bracing for Tropical Storm Michael.

You can see Bernice Allen, one of the USGS's brave hydrotechs, get ready to move my equipment above potential flood levels to keep it operating. Streamgage 02096500, here, sitting on the Haw River in North Carolina. 
Fast moving Tropical Storm Michael is moving through the Carolinas after devastating part of Florida’s Panhandle coast and crossing inland Florida and southern Georgia. 
A USGS crew from the South Atlantic Water Science Center, along with @NWS, visited me yesterday to help me collect water height and flow data during the storm. You can see the dramatic jump in water height in the second photo of a hydrograph. 
My information helps @NWS forecast floods, @FEMA and local emergency managers keep people safe and water managers make wise decisions. I'm funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
My river is no stranger to flooding - it overflowed after Hurricane Florence brought immense rainfall just last month. 
To learn more about USGS’s work, visit

#StreamgagesofInstagram #michael #tropicalstorm #TSMichael #HurricaneMichael #flood #streamgage #fieldwork #fieldworkfridays #HawRiver #NorthCarolina

Photo cred: Nelson Padgett, USGS.
It's time for a #HydrotechofInstagram feature!

Sean Egen, in the spotlight today, is based in North Carolina with the South Atlantic Water Science Center. He is part of the center's hurricane response crew, which installed storm-tide sensors, verified streamgage data and collected high water marks along the North and South Carolina coasts before, during and after Hurricane Florence. 
Sean has been with the USGS for 25 years, starting his career with @USGS in Miami. The best part of his day is being out in the field, especially on a beautiful day. 
He is responsible for 15 streamgages, which he visits monthly, unless there are extreme weather events like storms that call for more frequent visits. His favorite gage is on Currituck Sound in Corolla, NC. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful at the site!

He closely works with cooperators for the sites he oversees. He often partners with the Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, as well as state and local organizations. 
As for some cool (and sometimes gross) things he has encountered in the field, he says, "While coming to a stop at a crossroad, a bald eagle flew up from a grassy area beside me and flew right in front of my truck carrying an opossum." After flying around with its large, furry meal, the eagle finally decided to tuck in on a field.

Another time, he was driving to a site on the Roanoke River and passed. . . a horse-drawn carriage! The carriage "was what you would expect to see Gypsies in from the movies or an old time carnival," he says. "There are so many neat and amazing things I have seen over the course of my career," Sean says. "Just remember to stop and appreciate the world around you." #streamgagesofinstagram #fieldwork #northcarolina #raleigh #streamgage #science #rainbow