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Joshua Thomas
Part of the streamgage system installed on the bridge at Reid and Abbott streets, which will log Otsquago Creek levels every 15 minutes.

Joshua Thomas
Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton shows the streamgage panel.

Joshua Thomas
The streamgage's solar panel and satellite telemetry.

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Streamgage system to continuously log Otsquago Creek information

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Updated: 10:02 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Friday, the United States Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New York State Canal Corporation, installed a streamgage system on the bridge at Reid and Abbott streets, aimed at continually surveying and logging Otsquago Creek levels. They system will be synced with the village's Emergency Alert System, aimed at informing residents of dangerous weather events and water levels.

The gage is just one of 20 that the USGS plans to install this year in the Oswego River, Mohawk River and Upper Hudson River Basins as part of the Canal Corporation's Upstate Flood Warning System.

The mechanism includes a shelter, solar panel, satellite telemetry, and a pipe from the shelter to the stream. The shelter houses a data logger and stage sensor that records the level of the stream every 15 minutes.

"This is something to protect the people of Fort Plain," said Mayor Guy Barton of the system, continuing, "It's a step in the right direction. This should've been done a long time ago."

The streamgage system is expected to be fully operational sometime next week.

The village's Emergency Alert System, which will be tipped off by data from the streamgage, will ship from Louisiana on August 4. Two emergency alert sirens will be installed in the village, including a 60 foot high system at the Fort Plain Fire Station and a 50-foot-high alarm installed at Fireman's Park.

The alarms will feature numerous different tones, which each have a specific meaning. Once the full installation has occurred, residents will receive a notification stating the intention of each tone.

Approximately once every eight weeks, USGS will visit the streamgage site to inspect the instrument and take a discharge measurement. After several discharge measurements are logged at different stages, a state-discharge relation can be developed and the USGS can determine the discharge past the station every 15 minutes.

A wide variety of agencies at the federal, state and local levels may utilize the data. Anybody who visits USGS.gov will be able to view the streamgage's recordings.

The village was not required to pay anything for the system, which the USGS will operate indefinitely, depending on funding.

     

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