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The Hydromet receives data about current hydrologic and weather conditions from remote sensing data collection platforms located throughout the western United States. About 300 of these sites are located in the Pacific Northwest to monitor conditions in the Columbia and Snake River basins. These solar-powered stations collect data at regular intervals from a variety of sensors, then transmit their data at scheduled intervals via a GOES satellite or radio transmission. Hydromet also collects data for other Reclamation regions and Federal agencies, approximately 1600 sites in all.

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