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Instant Bacteria Forecasts Make Swimmers At Great Lakes Beaches Safer.
11/25/2013 -- Rapid, highly accurate water-quality predictions can help better prevent recreationalists from getting sick at Great Lakes beaches, according to a new USGS report.
USGS scientists and partners tested the performance of near-real-time water-quality assessments known as nowcasts at 42 Great Lakes beaches in 2012. According to the new report, the nowcasts perform better than the current method of predicting beach water-quality because they work faster and are more accurate. For more information on nowcasts, please visit the USGS Ohio Water Science Center website on beach monitoring research. (news release)
Buckeye Quads Released.
11/13/2013 -- Newly designed US Topo maps for Ohio, featuring the Public Land Survey System, are now available online for free download. The 748 updated digital US Topo maps are designed to look like the traditional paper topographic maps for which the USGS is so well known while providing modern technical advantages, including the ability to either view or hide contours, hydrographic features, and other data layers that make up the maps. ( news release)
Low Flow Or Small Stream? Still Important Data.
11/8/2013 -- A large, flooding stream may rightfully garner attention, but small streams and low flows are important as well. The crest-stage gage website shows Ohio’s network of crest-stage gages which provide peak-flow data on small streams with small drainage areas. Small streams are typically underrepresented in datasets used for flood-related planning and emergency response. Additionally, as shown on the Ohio low-flow network website, information obtained from low-flow conditions in streams aid in design of water-treatment plants, planning for water supply, evaluating instream flow requirements, and permitting of water withdrawals.
Assessing Stream Quality Of The Corn Belt.
8/29/2013 -- What are the most important stressors to stream ecology? The Midwest Stream-Quality Assessment (MSQA) is characterizing contaminants, nutrients, sediment, and ecological conditions at 100 perennial-stream sites throughout the Corn Belt, including seven sites in Ohio. Results will be assessed for seasonal and spatial differences, as well as the relations between stressors and ecological conditions; it is hoped that the findings will enable prediction of water-quality conditions in unsampled streams across the region. The MSQA is a collaboration between the USGS, USEPA, and other partners, and is a component of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program.
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