USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
Water Data for the Nation
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USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
Programs at the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
Project: Rapid Deployment Gage - Version 3
RDG-3 deployed to monitor flooding in the Red River Valley (Wolverton Creek near Comstock, MN) during 2010 flooding
The Rapid Deployment Gage – Version 3 (RDG-3), is a complete, self-contained streamgage that is designed for deployment on bridges and other structures that are directly over the water surface of the stream. It employs a radar stage sensor and uses a GOES radio to provide realtime streamflow information. The RDG-3 is relatively lightweight and can usually be installed by a two-person crew in less than two hours. The system is powered by a solar panel and 12-volt battery, is pre-wired to facilitate set-up in the field and has several security features to discourage vandalism.