(WBNG Binghamton) U.S. Representative Richard on Monday urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to work to utilize funds to keep stream gauges on in New York state, particularly in the Southern Tier.
According to a news release issued Monday:
The United States Geological Survey has identified 14 gauges in New York that are in jeopardy of shutting down operations on November 1, 2013. Two of these gauges are located in the 22nd Congressional District: Lisle in Broome County and Oxford in Chenango County.
In a letter sent today to NOAA Acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Rep. Hanna joined with New York’s senators and other Members of Congress to request that the gauges continue to operate. These stream and river gauges provide a vital service in warning communities of flood risks, Hanna said.
“The gages allow residents critical time to prepare as best they can for an approaching flood,” Rep. Hanna said. “We just need to recall the recent catastrophic floods to know that when disaster strikes and time is of the essence, these gauges are a proven cost-effective measure to help minimize damage and loss of property and life. The maintenance and operation of these gages should be considered a top priority.”