As Casara and I worked on the new Saint gauge (see top-right of this site), I decided I would continue that work and build a river checker program for my Amazon Echo.
I did and if you own an Echo, you can enable the Alexa skill for yours.
You: “Alexa, enable River Runner.” (You only have to do this once.)
You: “Alexa, open River Runner.”
Alexa: “Welcome to River Runner. I can tell you the current level for the Saint Francis river in Missouri. In the future, I will learn about more rivers. Would you like to hear about the current level?”
Alexa: “The current level for the Saint Francis is 2.88. The level on the highway D bridge gauge is -1.9 inches.”
You can short cut it by saying: “Alexa, ask River Runner what the current level is.”
Unfortunately, with the low water, it’s not all that exciting right now, but if you own an Echo, give it a try and let me know how it works for you.