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Interagency Cooperation Recognized.
5/20/2013 -- Kimberly Shaffer and Donna Runkle, Hydrologists with the U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Water Science Center, were presented with the Cooperative Interagency Recognition Award for the Ohio Silver Jackets 1913 Flood Awareness Campaign. The 2013 Federal Executive Association, who presented the award, said that the campaign promoted awareness of flood hazards and mitigation strategies using the 1913 Flood as a point of focus and comparison. For the campaign, the USGS prepared and distributed a news release, "New Water Science Tools Help Communities Prepare for Floods: Commemorating the Great Flood of 1913," a video about the devastating 1913 flood, and other material available on the Silver Jackets 1913 flood website. The Ohio Silver Jackets team includes 11 Federal and 22 State and local partners: "many agencies, one solution".
Comparing Rapid And Culture Indicator Bacteria Methods.
5/6/2013 -- At 3 inland lake beaches in Ohio concentrations of indicator bacteria by culture were compared to concentrations by a rapid analytical method, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). All of the qPCR results exceeded the new U.S. EPA beach action values (BAVs) for Enterococcus spp. by qPCR, whereas only 23.7% of culture results for E. coli and 79% of culture results for enterococci exceeded the current standard for E. coli or BAV for enterococci. The authors conclude that replacing current E. coli standards with BAVs for enterococci by culture or qPCR may result in more advisories being posted at inland recreational lakes. Results of the study were published in an article in the journal Lake and Reservoir Management.
What Do You Know About H20?
5/5/2013 -- Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is suitable for drinking water. Do you know where your Ohio drinking water comes from and its quality? The USGS conducts research on a range of drinking water quality topics. Drinking Water Week is May 5-11 and is sponsored by the American Water Works Association.
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