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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PA To Assume Cost Of NY River Guages

Vital River Guages In Delaware River Protect Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that Pennsylvania is taking steps to ensure three important river gauges on the upper Delaware River continue to operate and provide critical information that protects residents by monitoring flood conditions and water quality.

The Governor said funding shortfalls by New York City had threatened to cease operation of the gauges—located at Callicoon, Pond Eddy and Barryville—which would have jeopardized Pennsylvania’s ability to provide real-time information to residents, businesses and officials at all levels of government.

“The difficult budget situation faced by New York City threatened to shut down these gauges that are so critical to Pennsylvania,” said Governor Rendell. “We could not let that happen, because so many of our citizens, businesses, emergency responders and government officials rely on the valuable information they provide on stream flows, water levels, and water quality. These gauges let us know if there’s a potential for flooding, if pollution is entering the watershed, or if we’re facing drought conditions. We have a responsibility to ensure that they continue to operate and fulfill their intended purpose.

“At the same time, we’re continuing to work with our other partners in the basin to ensure that the cost of operating and maintaining the remaining gauges is picked up so communities along the length of the Delaware have the information they need and we have a complete, working system in place,” said the Governor.

Beginning Oct. 1, Pennsylvania will provide funding to operate gauges at Barryville / Shohola and Pond Eddy in Pike County. The state will begin funding operation of the gauge at Callicoon in Wayne County, on Oct. 1, 2010.

The annual cost to the commonwealth will be $25,410, which includes telemetry costs for converting Barryville / Shohola to a real-time data collection gauge. Funding will come from the state’s Clean Water Fund. More...

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