Have you ever driven out to your favorite river or stream to find it blown out or worse, very shallow. I have been using the "Water Alert" tool from USGS for over 5 years. I select several rivers I typically fish during the year and set-up an email alert to notify me when the river CFS (Cubic Feet per Second - discharge flow rate) is right for me. You set your threshold. It has saved me headaches and wasted gas. This tool works great if your traveling too!
The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies.
Real-time data from USGS gages are transmitted via satellite or other telemetry to USGS offices at various intervals; in most cases, once every hour. Emergency transmissions, such as during floods, may be more frequent. Notifications will be based on the data received at these site-dependent intervals.
Have USGS send water data to you via email or text message.
Click here for your WaterAlert automatic alerts