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Today, on a conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E.

Schumer highlighted the critical importance of stream gauges in Upstate New York for purposes of flood prevention, detection and evacuation planning, called for the increased funding of New Yorks existing 200-plus stream and river gauges, and urged for more gauges to be installed in the region. Schumer noted that given repeated and increased flooding in recent years in the Mohawk Valley, Hudson Valley, Southern Tier, Western New York and elsewhere, New York should be prioritized for more of these life- and property-saving devices, which predict if and when floodwaters will crest. Schumer noted that The National Streamflow Information Program, through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is chronically underfunded, which leaves many of these life-saving flood detection devices at the risk of being shut off each year. Schumer therefore called for the passage of the Administrations 2014 budget, which calls for an increase of $7.3 million in funding for the program and the addition of 300 new stream gauges nationwide. Given flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, Superstorm Sandy, and the recent torrential rains and flash flooding in over 15 counties in New York, Schumer will call for USGS to prioritize the region for many of those new flood detection devices, the locations of which are still being determined.

Number of Stream Gauges in Upstate New York: 237

Capital Region
COUNTY Albany Columbia Fulton Greene Montgomery Rensselaer Saratoga Schenectady Schoharie Washington TOTAL Number of Stream Gauge Sites 3

9 1 3 5 1 6 3 31

Central New York


COUNTY Cayuga Cortland Lewis Madison Oneida Onondaga Oswego TOTAL Stream Gauges 4 2 2 4 12 4 24

Rochester Finger Lakes


COUNTY Genesee Livingston Monroe Ontario Orleans Seneca Wayne Wyoming Yates TOTAL Stream Gauges 1 5 10 2 1 1 3 1 24

Western New York


COUNTY Cattaraugus Chautauqua Erie Niagara TOTAL Stream Gauges 2 1 6 1 10

Southern Tier
COUNTY Allegany Broome Chemung Chenango Delaware Otsego Schuyler Steuben Tioga Tompkins TOTAL Stream Gauges 1 8 2 4 26 2 11 3 4 61

Hudson Valley
COUNTY Dutchess Orange Putnam Rockland Sullivan Ulster Westchester TOTAL Stream Gauges 3 2 9 4 11 16 11 56

North Country
COUNTY Clinton Essex Franklin Hamilton Herkimer Jefferson St. Lawrence Warren TOTAL Stream Gauges 5 4 1 3 4 2 10 2 31

Methodology: Data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey Streamgage Network from FY2012.