Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Since I can now get all of this data for free on the Internet, why should I pay you for it?
Here are five reasons:
  1. We have more historical streamflow data than the USGS web site. We include historical stations that we have retrieved from WATSTORE over the last 12 years but which for some reason are not currently provided by the USGS web site. You may miss data from historical stations if you rely solely on the USGS web site.
  2. We provide non-streamflow data. The USGS web site only provides daily streamflow. At some sites there are continuous records of some water quality and meteorological data. We provide these.
  3. It is easier to find stations you want. The USGS and NCDC have improved their search capabilities, but it's still easier to find stations on our products and to get data for more than a few stations at a time.
  4. It is less costly to retrieve data from our products (unless you place a low value on your time). You can retrieve multiple stations at once directly into a useful format.
  5. Our data is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You don't rely on your ISP or the government web site to be there when you need data.
Ultimately it's your decision, but many professionals find that paying for our discs actually saves money when all costs are considered.
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