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RIVERS — Whitewater river runners, anglers and other groups and agencies in Idaho and Washington that rely on streamflow gauges maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey are breathing a sigh of relief.
USGS had announced that as of today (May 1) operation of “up to 375 streamgages nationwide would be discontinued due to budget cuts as a result of the $85 billion across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. Additional streamgages may be affected if partners reduce their funding to support USGS streamgages.”
But agency managers worked out ways to keep the immediate closures down to three in Idaho and none in Washington. One closure of note to anglers: 13337500 South Fork Clearwater River near Elk City.
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Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which consists of more than 8,000 streamgages.
We thought that first big snowstorm just before Thanksgiving was the beginning of the predicted big snow accumulation associated with an El Ninia year.
However, to date, Idaho has accumulated only 73 percent of normal snowpack.
Check out this SnoTel chart to see where the snow is — and isn't.
Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department Panhandle Region wildlife manager, says he needs a lot more snow in a hurry in order to do his winter aerial elk surveys.
Normal snowpack is needed to concentrate the elk on wintering areas and make them stand out for the count.
FISHING — A new U.S. Geological Survey monitoring station on the heavily-fished Madison River at the Varney Bridge south of Ennis, Mont., will be a great help for anglers.
The first monitoring device on that section of river in 40 years will provide hourly information on the stream's flow and water temperature.
The gauge is listed on the Montana USGS website as Madison River at Cameron, MT.
Joe Dilschneider of Montana Trout Stalkers in Ennis says the gauge set up last month will help anglers and guides coming from Bozeman see conditions of the river before making the trip.
The gauge will operate between March and October, and deactivated during winter because of heavy ice.