October 2, 2017 | Donald Schwind Below are the instructions for signing up to receive WaterAlert from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). There is one monitor for Sharon Township; it is located under the Wilson Bridge Road bridge. Step 1: go to http://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/; Step 2: If your location is enabled, clicking on the link above should take you to the map of central Ohio; Step 3: Zoom in on the portion of the map near the location you would like to monitor. Gauges appear as “pins” on the map – click on the pin nearest to the area you want to monitor; Step 4: At the bottom of the pop-up box appears a button to subscribe to WaterAlert. Click on this button and it will give you the ability to receive texts or emails; how often to be notified; whether you want gauge height or discharge rate (gauge height is recommended); and a threshold for when you want to be notified (be sure to select a gauge height that will provide enough time to take action in case of an impending flood); Step 5: The subscription process asks for an email to send a confirmation. Replying to the email will activate the subscription. Occasionally, WaterAlert will send reminders to review your subscriptions.