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      About NWS and AFWS Data Partners

      NOAAa€?s National Weather Service (NWS) has many partnerships with public and non-profit organizations across the Nation who own, operate, and maintain automated gage networks. The vast majority of these Automated Flood Warning System ( AFWS) networks are equipped with precipitation gages, but small numbers of stream gages are also included in some systems. AFWS precipitation and stream gages directly benefit the communities in which they operate by supplying data for m any municipal functions including water supply monitoring, recreation forecasts, navigation, sewer and waste treatment operations, power generation, structural design, and emergency planning. Most importantly, gages save lives and reduce property damage by providing critical, real-time information to NWS, other Federal agencies, and public officials at all levels of state and local government. In many instances AFWS provide data from locations and at times for which no other information is available, making them vital for protecting the public and the Nationa€?s infrastructure.

      NOAAa€?s AFWS partnerships began in the 1970a€?s when communities with high flash flood risk informally collaborated with NOAA to design and build AFWS. In the late 1970a€?s NOAA initiated a national AFWS partnership program by creating the Integrated Flood Warning and Observing Program (IFLOWS). IFLOWS began as a pilot project in seven Appalachian states (KY, NC, NY, PA, TN, VA, and WV). These statesa€? emergency management agencies received annual NOAA grant funding to pur chase precipitation gages, computers, and communications hardware, and agreed to operate and maintain their gage networks with non-NOAA funds. NOAA provides no direct funding for state and county operational and maintenance positions and contracts. AFWS technology has expanded beyond the original IFLOWS program, and many new systems have been built throughout the country entirely with local funds, and with various enhancements.

      AFWS Data Partners by State

       State of Connecticut

       State of Kentucky

       Anne Arundel County, MD
       Carroll County, MD
       City of Baltimore
       Howard County, MD
       Prince George's County, MD

       State of North Carolina
       United States Geological Survey
       City of Charlotte
       Mecklenburg County

       PFWS Network sponsored by USACE NY District

       Steuben County, NY

       State of Ohio

       State of Pennsylvania
       3 Rivers Wet Weather

       Network sponsored by USGS

       Sevier County, TN

       State of Virginia
       Fairfax County, VA

       State of West Virginia

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