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$6 million in additional federal funding for stream gauges program

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the FY2014 Appropriations Bill includes that largest increase in federal funding for stream gauges through the Y.S. Geological Survey in history.

The additional funds will help the agency keep existing gauges online, preotect threatened gauges and potentially allow the USGS to add more of these flood detection devices in high-risk flood zones in Upstate New York.

"Stream gauges are a critical first line of defense against impending floods, and given the repeated storms and flooding we have seen across New York, I made boosting their funding a top priority over the last year," said Schumer.

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