A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Lee County until 7pm Sunday, Milam, Robertson, Leon Counties until 12am Monday and Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery,San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties until 12am Tuesday. A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for Lee county until 3am Sunday and for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Waller, and Washington counties until 4am Sunday. Widespread 2" to 4" rain accumulations are possible through Monday, with localized 8" to 11" possible.
EMBUDO, N.M. (AP) - The head of the U.S. Geological Survey and other water managers are gathering along the Rio Grande to commemorate what was America's first river gage.
Installed more than a century ago, the gage at Embudo Station in northern New Mexico was the measuring device that set the foundation for modern water management across the West and the nation.
Now, the USGS streamgaging program includes more than 8,000 gages that make nearly 250 million daily observations.
Officials say the gages are critical in forecasting floods and droughts. Information collected by the gages is also used to manage river flows, establish water rights and deliver water to farmers and municipalities.
Acting USGS Director Suzette Kimball and New Mexico State Engineer Scott Verhines will be among those at Tuesday's ceremony.
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