May 23, 2013 10:45 EDT: Update:
The outage of the GOES-13 East satellite that occurred on May 22, 2013 which has kept some USGS Water Data current condition data from being updated is only affecting a few sites presently.
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USGS to Discontinue Streamgages Due to
The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) will
discontinue operation of up to 375 streamgages nationwide due to
budget cuts as a result of sequestration. Additional streamgages may
be affected if partners reduce their funding to support USGS
streamgages. The USGS is working to identify which
streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it
becomes available. Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and
address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water
availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local
agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which
consists of over 8,000 streamgages. When budget fluctuates, the
network is impacted. Impacts to Nebraska currently are not known, but
are expected to be substantial.
USGS 06453620 Missouri River blw Ponca Creek nr Verdel, Nebr.
The permanent historical gaging station for this site was
destroyed during the 2011 flooding, and was temporarily relocated
next to Nebraska State Highway 12 on June 27, 2011, at
approximately the same cross section of the Missouri River. This
temporary gaging station was destroyed during road construction
on December 5, 2011, and was relocated 1.5 miles downstream to
the current permanent site at the Niobrara State Park on January
6, 2012. All locations were at a datum of
1,200.00 feet above the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of