Happy New Year everyone - it's 2013
Been poking around a website -- http://www.paddling.net
and a discussion doing an internet river gauge on the cheap.
Here is the discussion in full :
""We have the gauge painted on the bridge, and this is the ages-old
for paddling this section of the river. What we need, is a way
to read the gauge
without having to go all the way to the put-in.
Solar powered webcams are available. These could be wirelessly connected
to a router, if one were close enough, a remote possibility.
likely, we'd need to use a cell-phone. There is cell service in that
I think streaming video over a cell phone would work, but I'm also
wary of what
the data charges would be. Of course, we don't need
One picture a day would be vastly better than what we
Four pictures a day would be fabulous. The pictures could be
uploaded to our
club web site, and we'd have an excellent reference to
let us know the river level.
All the technology exists at costs a club could afford. What I don't see
available is the combination of solar collector, battery,
camera, cell phone,
housing, and software/controller to make it all
I feel capable of putting together all but the latter.
At this point, I want to float the idea by my club, to see if the club
consider funding it, and Maryland DNR, since the remote sending
would need to be installed on park property. If those two entities
go along with the idea, there is no use in delving further into
Additionally, several site problems will need to be addressed,
to keep the devices from being wiped out in floods, stolen, or
USGS gauges monitored and maintained by the USGS are expensive.
In fact the USGS is looking at reducing their numbers each due due to cost.
Perhaps hobby tinker type folk could whip up something effective