Gauges measuring river levels close across the nation - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

Gauges measuring river levels close across the nation


Hundreds of gauges that measure water levels in rivers and streams will be closed across the country.  That includes some, right here in Siouxland.

It's part of federal sequestration.

The shutdowns are in an effort to cut five percent of the U.S. Geological Survey's budget for this fiscal year.

The gauge on the Elkhorn River in Pilger, Nebraska closed yesterday.

Hydrologist Dave Pearson says while the gauges in Norfolk and West Point are still open, it could be a concern if the river rises quickly.

"If the river rises quickly, we will have to watch the Norfolk river gauge to see it, or have someone at the sight to see if it's rising," said Dave Pearson, Hydrologist, National Weather Service.

Pearson says the hope is that when the fiscal year is over, the U.S.G.S. will be able to open some of the gauges.

He also says it would be helpful to get funding from state agencies to open the gauges.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at