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Montana to pay to keep 4 river gauges operating

By The Associated Press
Published On: May 05 2013 09:59:18 AM MDT
Stretch of Clark Fork outside of Missoula open to floaters
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Montana agencies will pay to keep four river gauges operating through September following cuts to a federal program.
    
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/ZJgoGn) that Montana Fish, Wildlife and parks and the state Department of Natural Resources determined information from the river gauges is too important to eliminate.
    
The four gauges are located on the Bitteroot, Jefferson, Smith and Yellowstone rivers.
    
The U.S. Geological Survey  planned to turn the gauges off last Wednesday due to the $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts - known as the sequester - that took effect earlier this year at government agencies.
    
The federal agency says it will save about $16,000 per gauge through September.
    
Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Pat Saffel says anglers and river runners rely on information from the gauges.