ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Sen. Charles Schumer says the importance of New York's more than 200 stream and river gauges is more apparent in light recent upstate flooding.
Schumer on Wednesday called for the passage of the Obama administration's 2014 budget, which calls for an increase of $7.3 million and the addition of 300 new stream gauges nationwide. Schumer wants some of those new gauges installed in New York state.
Schumer says the U.S. Geological Survey's stream gauge program is chronically underfunded, which leaves them in danger of being shut off each year. He called stream gauges ``the first line of defense in river flooding.''