USGS Ohio Water Science Center
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Licking County Now More Prepared For Floods.
3/20/2014 -- A new flood warning system is available to help Licking County, Ohio, better prepare and plan for floods. The USGS and National Weather Service, along with seven local, county, regional, and State agencies partnered to create digital flood inundation maps for portions of the Licking River Watershed. These maps will allow emergency officials, planners, homeowners and businesses see which roadways and properties will be impacted by predicted flood levels. These maps will supplement river observations and flood forecasts from the well-established USGS streamgaging network and NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services. The maps are available at (http://water.weather.gov/ahps/inundation.php) and at (http://wim.usgs.gov/FIMI) and more information on flood inundation mapping for Licking County can be found in the USGS report.
National Groundwater Awareness Week – March 9-15, 2014.
3/9/2014 -- Why is the river flowing if it has not been raining? Where does the farmer get all that water for irrigating the crops? Where does my drinking water come from? Groundwater could be the answer. Excluding the glaciers and polar icecaps, 95 percent of the freshwater in the world is groundwater. Groundwater is the water that seeps into the ground and fills the spaces and cracks in the rocks below the surface. It is not typically an underground river or lake. Learn more about groundwater and USGS groundwater studies at the USGS Water Science School and USGS Groundwater Information Pages. National Groundwater Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Ground Water Association and many partners.
Learning To Predict Beach Water Quality.
3/3/2014 -- The USGS Ohio Water Science Center hosted the “Third Interagency Workshop to Develop Predictive Models for Beaches” on February 25-26. Instructors were from the USGS, USEPA, University of Toledo, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Students were a mix of local and state beach managers, consultants, and USGS scientists from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Kansas. Students learned how to develop “nowcasts” using datasets from their own beaches. Nowcasts inform the public of current bacterial water-quality conditions on the basis of predictive models. Learn more about using predictive models for recreational water quality.
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