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The Importance of Streamgages
March 22, 2013 | USGS

USGS has an interesting article on why streamgages are important. “The uses of streamflow information touch every citizen’s life every day in countless ways.”

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The Increasing Importance of Railroads to the Energy Sector
December 19, 2013 | The Oklahoman
An article on The Oklahoman website explains the growing importance of railroads to the energy sector. More crude oil and frac sand are being shipped by rail today than ever before.

WaterNow: Stream Conditions Delivered by Phone
March 6, 2013 | USGS
"For the first time, anyone can find out the current conditions on thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phone, using USGS' latest system WaterNow. WaterNow makes the water conditions monitored by more than 16,000 streamgages and other sites across the country available via text or email." Quoted from the USGS press release.

The Importance of Streams to Drinking Water
December 5, 2013 | EPA
Did you know that approximately 117 million people - over one-third of the total U.S. population - get some or all of their drinking water from public systems that rely in part on headwater, seasonal or rain-dependent streams?

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