WaterAlert and StreaMail Services from USGS

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has developed two new tools that may help states and water utilities be better prepared to prepare for/respond to flooding situations.

USGS WaterAlert is a service that “…sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies.

Real-time data from USGS gages are transmitted via satellite or other telemetry to USGS offices at various intervals; in most cases, once every 1 or 4 hours. Emergency transmissions, such as during floods, may be more frequent.  Notifications will be based on the data received at these site-dependent intervals.”

USGS StreaMail can be used in tandem with WaterAlert.  USGS StreaMail provides a method to query a USGS gaging site via email, cell phone text message, or handheld device for gage height and streamflow.  Send your request to StreaMail and in a few minutes you will get a reply showing the latest river stage and streamflow.

For more information on both of these tools, click on http://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/

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