Seqestration cuts mean fewer stream gauges in Vermont.
The US Geological Survey uses stream gauges to predict drought and flood conditions.
The USGS and close to a thousand other agencies fund the national network of 8,000 devices.
There are 62 in Vermont.
Experts say shutting down the stream gauges will hurt the ability to monitor water quality and predict flooding.
"If we loose our ablity to track the phosporus loading to the lake we reduce our ability to predict floods and just an hours notice to flooding can lead to major savings down stream," said Lake Champlain Committee member Mike Winslow.
The USGS is still deciding which specific stream gauges will be affected.