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BOULDER CREEK — Tracking all this rain just got a little easier thanks to a new iPhone application created by Boulder Creek software developer Tod Landis, whose technology was accepted into the Apple App Store last week and posted Tuesday for free download.
Streamflow, an application for people who want to monitor rivers in the U.S., reads data from U.S. Geological Survey websites reporting the latest water flow heights and flows of streams and discharges as well as historic data.
“Potential users of Streamflow are obviously people who need to monitor river heights during flood events,” Landis said, noting that information is more like a first warning or an easy way to look at the history of a river rather than a technology for emergency situations. “In San Lorenzo Valley, we’re interested in floods but we’re also interested in water levels for fish.”
The USGS tracks 9,935 water flow and discharge sites from gauge stations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Antarctica, including one in nondescript shack near the Highway 9 entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton.
Users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod users can call up real-time data searching by river name, USGS gauge station number and site description.
Landis, a consultant, has been a developer for 29 years and has worked with several technology companies such as Borland, Adobe and Island Graphics.
In January, Apple reported more than 10 billion applications for its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad had been downloaded by users in the previous 30 months.
More than 350,000 applications are now available to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in 90 countries. Many of those applications, including Landis’ Streamflow, are available for free.
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