Statewide River and Rain Gauge Network Program
Due to the lack of sufficient river and rain gauges in the existing statewide network, Louisiana is severely under-monitored when it comes to understanding where water flows and how it leads to flooding. An early investigation found 38 percent of the state’s HUC8 watersheds do not have river gauges, while 43 percent do not have rain gauges.
Because all Louisiana Watershed Initiative efforts depend on having accurate and current data from river and rain gauges, the state and its partners are working to enhance this statewide network. The LWI is collaborating with local jurisdictions and technical experts to gather information on locations where additional gauges are necessary, as well as to leverage the ongoing work of local and regional partners who are gathering data or deploying gauge infrastructure independent of this program.
Once deployed, the network will provide enhanced statewide coverage for monitoring riverine and rainfall information in real time. Local communities will have information to respond more effectively to flood-related hazards, while the state’s watershed regions can develop more effective mitigation strategies.
The LWI will host a webinar at 10 a.m. March 6 to discuss plans to enhance the statewide river and rain gauge network through this program. Local and regional technical experts—public works officials, floodplain managers and GIS staff in particular—are encouraged to participate. The webinar will explain the gauge network’s design process and timeline, as well as the need for local involvement and input regarding gauge placement and areas that are under-monitored.Register for the Webinar