BOISE -- It appears that only three rather than five stream flow gauges in Idaho will be shut off on Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Idaho Water Science Center tells The Spokesman-Review that a cut in a federally funded program that supports 31 stream gauges statewide will likely be less than expected.

Center Director Michael Lewis says gauges on the Little Salmon River at Riggins and on the Little Lost River near Howe will remain operating.

The gauges collect scientific information and are also used by river runners and anglers to check stream flows, and for water rights management.

The cut to Idaho stream flow gauges is part of the $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts -- known as the sequester -- that took effect last month at government agencies.

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