Srp Launches Watershedmonitor.Com


Residents of Verde and Salt Watersheds can check river flows, rainfall

Salt River Project has launched a new Web site for the public interested in river and stream flows and rainfall events across the Verde River and Salt River watersheds.

At www.WatershedMonitor.

com, data collected by the United States Geological Survey and SRP is now available to the public in a web-based format that allows watershed stakeholders to check the pulse of the Salt and Verde watersheds.

Greg Kornrumph, SRP's liaison to communities and interest groups on the Salt and Verde watersheds, said the new Web site "continues SRP's commitment to assisting in the education of the watershed community regarding water-resource issues."

For the past seven years Tempe-based SRP has actively participated in Verde River Day, along with local and state politicians, residents, environmental advocates and the development community to celebrate the values of a free-flowing Verde River. SRP rolled out the new Web site at last month's annual event.

Kornrumph said the Web site will evolve over time as SRP continues to provide watershed information. He suggested visiting the Web site regularly as SRP continues to update information.

One of the purposes for the Web site, Kornrumph said, is to provide flow data at low-flow gauges installed by SRP in cooperation with other stakeholders. The Prescott National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Com-mission and the Verde Watershed Association all provided assistance with the construction and installation of low-flow gage sites along the Verde River and its tributaries.

These sites were selected based on input from citizen and agency stakeholders along with certain technical considerations such as stability of the stream channel, access and security.

When utilizing the Web site, visitors will be asked to view information for either the Verde or Salt watershed.

A menu will provide a choice of smaller areas on each watershed, such as the Middle Verde, and then more detailed information will be displayed from each gauge location. Depending on which gauge site is selected, a graph will display the latest seven days of flow or precipitation.

Data from the last month, last three months and from the same week the previous year is also available for display. Data can also be downloaded if desired.

SRP is the largest provider of water and power to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

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