At the final Sheridan County Commission meeting of 2010 Tuesday, Commissioners approved entering into a Joint Project Agreement between the National Weather Service and the City of Sheridan for stream gauging and rain gauging equipment for the Goose Creek Flood Notification Network Plan. Commissioner Mike Nickel comments.
Six stations have been established. Three rain guages are in the higher regions of Twin Lakes, Rapid Creek and Beaver Creek. Stream guages, with rain guages on top, are located at Big Goose Creek/Owl Creek, Little Goose Creek at Bird Farm Road, and the confluence at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. All but the Rapid Creek have been set up; Rapid Creek's will be installed as soon as they receive a permit from the Ranger District.
The guages have four stages which can be monitored: the Active Stage, which is the baseline from which water levels are monitored and compared; the Flood Stage; the Moderate Stage; and the Major Stage.
The County's monetary responsibility will be a one-time reimbursement and installation cost of $31,928, as well as an annual maintenance payment of $3,550.50.