Guage that measures river in danger of funding cuts
Dave Bassage, chief of staff at ACE Adventure and Resort holds a tablet showing the U.S. Geological Survey website that has a graph of the state's 144 river gauges. Because of budget cuts, the Thurmond gauge was one of the hundreds of gauges nationwide threatened to shut down. Several whitewater companies and the Fayette County Commission joined together to come up with the $14,400 to keep it operational through the 2014 fiscal year.
Doug Ackerman, an avid kayaker from Fayetteville, looks at the Thurmond river gauge, which collects hydrological data of the New River. The data is sent via satellite to USGS offices and is recorded on the USGS website. The Thurmond gauge is considered the most important gauge for the whitewater community, as well as kayakers and rafters.