March 19, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Some of the stream and river gauges used around the country to help forecasters predict flood and drought could be discontinued as a result of automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect this month.
The U.S. Geological Survey said last week 11 of the roughly 100 gauges it operates in Minnesota could potentially be shut down due to budget cuts. Nationally, 375 of the 8,000 USGS-operated gauges are at risk. USGS spokesman Dave Ozman said the agency doesn't know the full impact of the cuts yet, or when the gauges might be affected.
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