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Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 6.56'
Flow: 10500 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 5:48am
Low Tide: 12:48pm

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National Parks lost $414 million during government shutdown

It was announced by the Obama administration that the shutdown of the government last fall left national parks with an estimated $414 million loss in visitor spending. Because there were 8 million fewer visitors than normal, communities where the parks are located struggled with this huge hit to business.

According to the Associated Press, five states lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.


Yellowstone National Park was among the 401 effected National Park units.

There were six states that were granted permission to use state funds in order to reopen the parks. According to the report that was released, approximately $10 was gained in visitor spending for every dollar of state money spent. There is currently a pending bill in Congress that seeks to reimburse those states—Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

“Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country,” the AP reported.

The shutdown didn’t prevent everyone from entering the parks, however, as a number of protests were held at locations inside the parks. ActionHub interviewed Vanessa François, a paraplegic climber who was one of the many who sneaked past trail closure signs. Her reason? She climbed El Capitan.