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Local pushback on USGS plan to cut river gauges

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A plan by Federal officials to shut down river gauges on the Ausable and the Boquet Rivers is drawing criticism from scientists and politicians.

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The US Geological Survey says it no longer has the money to operate the gauges, but speaking earlier this month on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom, Congressman Bill Owens says the devices are crucial for towns in flood-prone areas.

Madeleine Lyttle, a fisheries biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service who does work on the Ausable River, says the gauges are also important for researchers.
In all, more than 580 river measuring stations are slated to be shut down nationwide beginning in early March as part of the budget-cutting effort.

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