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Released: 8/4/1999

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Government scientists to measure water levels in Brandywine Creek as area starts to wilt from summer heat and lack of rain.

Has the stream near you been looking a little dry lately? Hydrologists -- i.e. water specialists -- with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will measure the potentially serious effects of the intense heat and lack of rain using a variety of instruments that you probably won’t find in your garage. USGS will measure streamflow in Brandywine Creek, one of the sources of public water supply for the Wilmington area.

Photographers and TV crews are encouraged to join the researchers in Wilmington on Rising Sun Lane at the Brandywine Creek Bridge on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm to find out just how low the flow is.

Who: U.S. Geological Survey hydrologists

Where: Brandywine Creek bridge on Rising Sun Lane
(park at post office near Hagley Museum)

When: Friday, August 6, 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Drought information for the Delmarva can be found at http://md.water.usgs.gov/drought. Color-coded streamflow data for the whole country can be found on the web at http://water.usgs.gov/dwc/national_map.html.

Real-time streamflow data, both tabled and graphed, for Maryland and Delaware may be viewed on the web at http://md.usgs.gov/rt-cgi/gen_tbl_pg. Other information on water resources in neighboring states can be found on the USGS Chesapeake Bay web page at http://chesapeake.usgs.gov/chesbay/ under "Current Hydrologic Conditions."

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