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Media Advisory: Government Scientists to Measure Record Low Water Levels in Potomac As Area Reels From Searing Heat and Lack of Rain
Released: 7/6/1999

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Martha Hayes 1-click interview
Phone: 410-238-4263 | FAX: 410-238-4210

Bob James
Phone: 410-238-4205


Has the Potomac River 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 water levels in the Potomac River -- Washington’s sole source of tap water.

Photographers and TV crews are encouraged to join the researchers at Chain Bridge on Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 am to find out just how low the Potomac will go.

Who: U.S. Geological Survey hydrologists

Where: Chain Bridge

When: Thursday, July 8, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Drought information and other color-coded streamflow data for the 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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