My favorite local stream doesn't have an on-line gauge. A couple people sometimes suggest "they ought to have a gauge there." Well, sure, that'd be nice, but there isn't much justification--there's a well defined flood plain and it is only a few miles down to the Bay, with no major development.
I saw a 2009 article in which somebody from USGS was saying it costs $15,000 a year to maintain a gauge. No telling what it takes to get one installed.
Anybody know where you can buy one? They must have gauges for things like water tanks and other non-riverine use. I was wondering if it might be practical for a club to build and operate a gauge. There are utilities at the bridge where our painted, RC gauge is, so wouldn't have to string wire too far.