Last month the board had voted to eliminate funding for the stream gauges, one above Deerfield Lake and one on a tributary above Pactola. The data gathered by the gauges is used by the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the National Weather Service, among others, to manage water flows and predict flooding. Currently, the U.S. Geological Survey pays $11,725 annually to support the gauges, while the Water Development District pays $14,785. Board members were swayed by arguments that other funding should be sought out before shutting the program down altogether. The issue will be discussed again at the next meeting on October 10.
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