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The public can access "River Status" by opening a web browser and going to http://riverstatus.usace.army.mil. Users get instant access to stream gages, rain gages, water quality data, and lake information. The site also provides info from nearby gages, and the public can view flood hazard maps from the
There are a number of useful purposes of this mobile web. Fishing enthusiasts could use it to see if a dam is releasing water, the water temperature, and if the hydropower plant is generating. A potential home buyer could also check to see if a home is near or in
River Status uses the mobile devices location-based Global Positioning System services to find nearby gages and pinpoint the user's location. All devices that support HTML Version 5 should be able to access, display, and interact with the website. It will run on any smart phone with current HTML standards such as iPhone, Android, and Windows. Users do not have to "install" an app; it is accessed from a browser. The site can easily be saved to the home screen of any mobile device for quick access. It can also be accessed from a laptop or home computer.
According to Project Manager
"Section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1960 gave the Corps the authority to develop this tool," DeLong said. "Under the act's allowance of floodplain management services, we were able to provide these technical services without charge to the public."
DeLong added that the mobile web application is capable of accessing and displaying
"This is a very valuable tool that provides direct access to lots of information," Sneed said. "I think that everyone will find it easy to use. Any user can navigate to the information most useful to them, and then can add select specific pages as favorites, which helps them quickly navigate to the tools most often accessed."
(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the
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