Georgia HydroWatch - A New Concept in Hydrologic Monitoring for Georgia
McCallum, Brian E.
Joiner, John K.
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Atlanta, Ga., is currently in the process of establishing a statewide real-time hydrologic monitoring network called Georgia HydroWatch. In cooperation with numerous Federal, State, and local agencies, the USGS is upgrading many of the existing 143 steam-gaging, coastal, and water-quality stations to include satellite telemetry that relay hydrologic data from the monitoring stations to the USGS office in Atlanta. Combined in this upgrade is the installation of rain gages at as many sites as possible—for better drought monitoring and flood forecasting. To ensure reliable data reception, the USGS has installed a satellite-data receiver station so data are received directly from the satellite at the office; and then automatically entered into the USGS data base and the Georgia District World Wide Web page within minutes of transmission from a gage.