NOAA05-122
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marcie Katcher
10/4/05
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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AWARDS GRANTS
TO REDUCE FLOOD IMPACTS ON LIFE AND PROPERTY

NOAA’s National Weather Service has awarded eight integrated Automated Flood Warning System grants, totaling $444,907 to reduce the loss of life, property damage and disruption of commerce from floods. Each year NOAA awards AFWS grants through a nationally competitive process. Competition for grants to be awarded in 2006 is currently open until October 27, 2005.

Automated Flood Warning Systems are in use in numerous American communities to alert officials about flood threats, and for environmental monitoring, water resource management, fire risk assessment as well as homeland security.

This year’s grant winners include:

  • Three Rivers Wet Weather of Pittsburgh awarded $100,000 to upgrade an existing gauge network with radio telemetry and integrate its data stream with that from other flood warning systems.
  • City of Fort Wayne, Ind., awarded $95,000 to upgrade the city’s existing AFWS with new hardware.
  • County of Augusta, Va., awarded $48,135 to add additional rainfall and stream gauges.
  • West Virginia Office of Emergency Services, awarded $63,195 for new equipment to expand existing network into counties not protected by an AFWS.
  • City of Asheville, N.C., awarded $48,011 for new automated rain and stream gauges.
  • Department of Public Works, Gila County, Ariz., awarded $25,000 to upgrade and enhance an existing flood warning system with new rain and stream gauges.
  • Monterey County Water Resources Agency, Salinas, Calif., awarded $36,050 to upgrade and enhance an existing flood warning system.
  • Emergency Environmental Services, Corning, N.Y., awarded $29,516 for life cycle replacement of flood warning system equipment.

“The Automated Flood Warning Systems program integrates the efforts of federal, state, and local governments, to better protect lives and livelihoods from the threats of flooding,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA's National Weather Service. “This is part of the National Weather Service’s continuing effort to serve society’s needs for weather, climate and water information.”

“Automated Flood Warning Systems provide local cooperators and NOAA’s National Weather Service with extremely important information for flood forecasting,” said Peter Gabrielsen, chief of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Eastern Region Hydrologic Services Division.

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather, water and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov

Federal Government Grant Information: http://www.grants.gov

AFWS/Apply for AFWS Grant (by Oct. 27, 2005): http://afws.net