flood gauge funding in New York

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Areas along the Hudson, Mohawk and Oswego rivers will soon have new tools to warn of possible floods.  U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside nearly $1.5 million for the installation of stream gauges in 23 counties.

A trio of storms named Irene, Lee and Sandy, changed the way New York feels about climate change.

Young's General Store, Prattsville

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

Schumer Pushes Long-Term Stream Gauge Funding

Jul 11, 2013
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WASHINGTON – There are 56 federally funded flood gauges in the Hudson Valley with a total of over 200 throughout the entire state. Funding expires on a regular basis and there is an ongoing battle to have it restored.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced on Wednesday he is pushing to have long-term funding for the gauges – 300 new ones in New York alone.

He acknowledged the federal budget is facing tough times, but he said not providing the $63 million to expand the flood gauge program would be pennywise and pound-foolish.