Legislative committee debates ways to restore stream gauges across Montana

Legislative committee debates ways to restore stream gauges across Montana

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Missoula Current
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Frustrated by the slow pace of studies, some lawmakers want to restore funding for the gauges that measure Montana’s rivers.

Lawmakers spent almost an hour Tuesday debating what to do about the dwindling number of stream gauges during a meeting of the Water Policy Interim Committee in Helena.

In all, the committee debated 10 bills that might be considered by the 2019 Montana Legislature.

In the past, the U.S. Geological Survey maintained a vast system of stream gauges throughout the nation, and states augmented that system where additional information was needed.