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MEDIA ADVISORY: Accompany a USGS Field Crew as they Measure Stream Flow and Flooding in Storm-Affected Areas of California

Released:  December 15, 2016
Contact Information: Bonnie Dickson, USGS 209-915-4695
Donyelle Davis, USGS 626-202-2393

What:  The U.S. Geological Survey is hosting several media events on Friday, Dec. 16 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at high-water and flood-affected areas around the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento metropolitan areas. A hydrologist will be available for interviews as field crews collect data. Media are welcomed to film as USGS scientists perform these important operations.

Topic:  Press are invited to join USGS scientists and field technician crews who are measuring stream flow and flooding after heavy rainfall from the Dec. 15 storm that moved through parts of California. The data collected are used by the National Weather Service, the California Office of Emergency Services, and other federal, state, and local to safeguard people and property by preparing for and responding to flooding and debris-flow hazards.

Where and When:  The exact locations and approximate times when crews will be measuring are still being determined based on conditions. A formal media alert will be shared by 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Please contact Bonnie Dickson or Donyelle Davis to request a copy of the final media alert. Contact info is provided above.

More Information:  USGS field crews will be taking measurements at streamgaging locations in the above locations, closely monitoring the rising waters of recent storms. There are about 500 USGS-operated streamgages in California that measure water levels and streamflow. Data collected by USGS streamgages is used to help safeguard lives, protect property, inform decision making during emergencies such as floods, and provide vital information needed for human health and safety. The USGS Streamgaging Network is Californiab s first defense in monitoring potential hazards like flooding, flash flooding, and landslides.

USGS real-time maps of flood and high flow conditions for California may be accessed online.

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the United States. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk, and for recreational activities.

Access current flood and high flow conditions across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch website. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert. See where floodwaters go by following a stream trace at Streamer. View water data on your mobile device. Learn how a USGS streamgage works.


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