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Bainbridge will celebrate stream gage anniversary

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September 28, 2007

Bainbridge-- On Monday, scientists and the city of Bainbridge will celebrate the anniversary of that gauge's role in providing important information for public safety and resource management.

A Bainbridge native, Dr. Oscar Jackson is a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Tri- state Water Issues.  He says in the last 100 years, some things have changed for the stream gauge here on the Flint River.  "It's been serviced by local people. They read it and phoned in the measurements of the river for a long time," recalls Jackson.

And while everything is automated now, many things have remained constant.  "It checks the height of the water, the flows of the river."  And even measures the amount of precipitation that falls.

This gauge is just one of 27 in the Flint River Basin, but as the most downstream, it plays a vital role  "Its extremely important to know how much water is coming down the Flint River and going into Lake Seminole," Jackson explains.  He says there is a large amount of spring water flowing into the river between Albany and Bainbridge.  "This spring water increases the flows into Lake Seminole which go on down into the Apalachicola River and we have to know that information," says Jackson.

This critical information determines decisions for the tri-state agreement between Georgia, Florida and Alabama. And Jackson says the gage will continue to play an important role.  He says, "Even more so, because the hydrology of this area is extremely complicated. The relationship between surface water and ground water."

So through times of drought like today, or floods of years past the stremgage has been here to measure it all, and will continue to on into the future.

The 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Monday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m. in Cheney Griffin Park next to the Flint River.

 

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