USGS Ohio Water Science Center
What we're doing...
Water Quality At The Edge Of Field.
7/17/2015 -- As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an effort is in progress to better understand the effect of differing agricultural practices on the quantity and quality of runoff water from farms. This effort includes surface runoff from the edges of fields and discharge from subsurface drains, as well as the effect of this water on streams receiving the runoff. In the Eagle Creek subwatershed of northwestern Ohio, a streamgage and continuous water-quality monitor collect continuous data at Eagle Creek above Findlay (04188496). In addition, water samples are being collected for analysis of nutrients (forms of nitrogen and phosphorus) at the Eagle Creek above Findlay site as well as a subsurface drain tile from a field (405051083391001), and a waterway (405051083391201).
Lower Muskingum Better Prepared For Floods.
5/20/2015 -- New flood-inundation maps and an updated flood-warning system will help communities along the Lower Muskingum River (from Marietta to McConnelsville) and a reach of the Ohio River prepare and plan for floods. These digital maps show water inundation areas and water-depth information, and they will allow emergency officials and the public to see which roadways and properties will be affected by predicted flood levels. Since the Flood of 1913 (video), seven Ohio River floods have met or exceeded a stage of 40 feet and severely affected Marietta. Creation of the flood-warning system was a collaboration among the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the City of Marietta, the USGS Ohio WSC, and the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio (news release and USGS report).
Healthy And Safe Swimming Is A Click Away.
5/15/2015 -- Before you head out to the beach, check the water quality. The USGS Ohio Water Science Center has partnered with many agencies to develop “Nowcast” systems at eight beaches along Lake Erie and one Cuyahoga River site in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Nowcasts provide near-real-time estimates of water quality to the beach-going public 5 to 7 days each week. Additionally, the Ohio BeachGuard provides water quality advisory information from the Ohio Nowcast and for other public and semi-private beaches on a regular basis (often every other week). Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs! May 18-24 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, but you can be fun and safe all summer long.
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