SonTek/YSI doppler flow sales hike

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 earmarked $14.6 million to the US Geological Survey for upgrades to its 7,500-station national streamgauge network, and in
direct response, USGS has purchased $3.4 million dollars worth of hi-technology electro-acoustic instruments from San Diego-based SonTek/YSI, for use in their national water monitoring programs.

In addition to the popular FlowTracker and Argonaut products, the order also included 33 of the award winning, multi-frequency RiverSurveyor S5/M9 systems. The acoustic Doppler instruments will be used for water velocity measurement in streams, rivers and canals to help provide critical information used to estimate flood dangers, protect fragile ecosystems, construct safe bridges and roadways, and monitor the effects of climate change on water availability.

“The need for rapid and accurate water flow data is not just a need in the USA” said Chris Ward, SonTek/YSI Director of Global Business development: “Over half of our products are exported overseas to water-stressed parts of the world such as China, India, and Australia.” The USGS collects streamflow information to determine how much water is available in different locations across the nation.  Because the effects of climate change on water availability could become a critical issue in certain regions of the nation, accurate long-term streamflow information is necessary to determine how water managers can respond and adapt to these changes.

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