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USGS tidal gauge keeping eye on Gloucester flood levels

Gloucester County now has a way to gather real-time flood information to help in emergency planning efforts and more.

The county has been working with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission to get the tidal flood gauge, which was put in place earlier this month. It is located on property owned by the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority that is on the Severn River, just below Whittaker Creek near Naxera.

MPPDC regional planner Harrison Bresee III said when the USGS approached Gloucester County about locating a tide gauge in the area, the PAA offered the property, which is called the Captain Sinclair Recreation Area, as a potential site.

“The USGS offered to install the gauge free of charge if a locality would fund the yearly maintenance costs,” Bresee said. “Gloucester County and the USGS worked out the financials between each other, while the PAA and USGS signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing for...

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