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Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they monitor streamgages?

Released:  December 16, 2016
Contact Information: Bonnie Dickson, USGS 209-915-4695
Donyelle Davis, USGS 626-202-2393

What:  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) California Water Science Center is hosting three media events today at river locations with high water near Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. A hydrologist will be available for interviews as field crews collect streamflow data.

Topic:  You are invited to join USGS scientists and field technician crews as they collect discharge measurements in rainfall-affected areas. The data collected are part of the USGS National Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program, a nationwide program that provides hydrologic information essential to monitoring California's flood risks. The USGS streamgage network provides real-time stream and river conditions that are used by the National Weather Service to issue flood, flash flood, landslide, and other natural hazard warnings and watches to the public.

Where and When:  These are the general locations and times where crews will be measuring.

Los Angeles

USGS site:  11092450
Station name:  Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Dam, CA
Time:  Friday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

San Francisco

USGS site:  11176900
Station name:  Arroyo de la Laguna at Verona, CA
Time:  Friday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sacramento

USGS site:  11446500
Station name:  American River at Fair Oaks, CA
Time:  Friday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

More Information:  USGS field crews will be making streamflow measurements at the above streamgaging locations, and closely monitoring the rising waters. Data collected by USGS streamgages are used to help safeguard lives, protect property, and inform decision making during emergencies such as floods, and provide vital information needed for human health and safety. The USGS Streamgaging Network is California'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.

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.


Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.

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