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Media Advisory: Partners Unveil new Yosemite Streamgage, Weather Station, Webcam
New gage and exhibits at Happy Isles, where USGS has measured Merced River flow since 1915
Released: 10/4/2010 11:15:27 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Laurel Rogers-USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 619-889-3455

Scott  Gediman-NPS
Phone: 209-372-0248

Matt  Ocaña-NOAA/NWS
Phone: 801-524-5692

In partnership with: NPS, NOAA

Reporters are invited to witness a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for a new streamgage, interpretive displays, weather instruments, and a webcam on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

The U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, and National Weather Service will dedicate a new streamgage located across the river from where it had been continuously recording river water measurements since 1915. The new streamgage took over measurements October 1. As part of the instrument relocation, agency partners created new educational panels about how scientists collect stream measurements, and how the information is used for flood warnings, recreation, climate change studies and other purposes. A new webcam and meteorological instruments round out the collection of observational equipment installed at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley.



Senior scientists, managers, and officials from USGS, NPS and NWS:

Deanna Archuleta, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

Don Neubacher, Superintendant, Yosemite National Park

Eric Reichard, Director, California Water Science Center, USGS

Niki Nicholas, Chief, Resources Management and Science, Yosemite National Park

Rob Hartman, Hydrologist in Charge, Colo-Nev. River Forecast Center, NWS/NOAA

Jim Bowers, Hydrologist, USGS

Travis Hiett, Hydrologic Technician, USGS


Brief remarks, ribbon cutting, streamflow measurement wading demonstration, and viewing of new interpretive exhibits and displays.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 11:00 a.m. PDT


Happy Isles Nature Center, at the east end of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Calif. Maps to the site are online at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/maps.htm. Parking is available on-site for news media.


Ceremony participants will be available for one-on-one interviews following the demonstration.

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