MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Officials say an agreement is near to keep a series of U.S. Geological Survey river gauges in the Lake Champlain basin in Vermont and New York from being shut down due to budget concerns.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the devices are vital tools for monitoring water quality and flood danger.
Last week the Lake Champlain Basin Steering Committee agreed to reallocate funds from other programs to keep five of the threatened gauges operating for another year.
In the past the gauges have been paid for by the federal government with help from Vermont, New York and other groups. But there was concern the devices could have been threatened by federal budget cuts.
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