A panel box that would hold all the instrumentation
would be about 1ft x 3ft x 3ft in size.
Establishment of a gaging station is somewhat site specific
and for an exact cost a site visit is needed.
The installation with all the instrumentation would run
between $21,500 and $23,500.
This would include all the instrumentation, data logger,
pressure transducer, and re-establishing the original datum.
Stage and discharge would be collected on a 15-minute interval
transmitted by satellite and available to the public
on the “web” near real-time.
This would be a one-time cost for gage installation.
There would also be a yearly operational cost of $15,500.
This would cover developing and maintaining a stage/discharge rating,
record processing, quality assurance of data, data transmission
If the data need was something less than a continuous record station
such as peak flow only or stage only these cost figures would change.
Russel J Minnerick
U.S. Geological Survey
Grayling Field Office Chief
989-348-8291 ext 10
Jim Nicholas, Director
USGS Michigan Water Science Center
6520 Mercantile Way, Suite 5
Lansing, Michigan 48911
Being safe on inland streams and rivers involves understanding current conditions.
USGS real time streamflow data via the internet is a great tool for paddlers.
Mother nature does not supply water at a constant or predictable rate, therefore
consistent reliable local funding of the stream gage network is necessary.
Budgetary cuts within communities may cause the decommissioning of gages
with very long continuous records. Historical records are vital to a community.
Stream gauges provide info, that frankly, prevents loss of life and property.
Bridge design relies heavily on historical stream and river data.
Flood forecasting and sewage treatment plants need accurate info as well.
NOAA is the federal agency, charged by law , with the responsibility for issuing
river forecasts and flood warnings. The stream gauges play a key role in it all.
The Federal/State Cooperative Program only provides two-thirds of the pie
for funding operations at stream-gaging stations. A mix of sources that include
federal, state, and local agencies comprise the rest.
USGS Federal/State Cooperative Program
– supplies funds made available by Congress to the USGS for matching state agencies
Other Federal Agencies (OFA)
– transfer of funds to meet their water-resources-data needs.
– appropriated funds designated specifically for use by the USGS
Currently, the USGS partners with more than 800 federal, state, and local agencies
through the Federal-State Cooperative Program. Partners in this program usually
fund individual stations in order to obtain data that meets an agency-specific project.
As new technology emerges, funding will also be needed to replace antiquated equipment.
Blue Infrastructure of local waterways helps everyone in the community.