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Ohio StreamStats Updated With Water Use Estimates.
7/11/2016 -- The popular Ohio StreamStats application has been enhanced with the ability to obtain water-use information. StreamStats is a Web-based, interactive geographic information system that permits a user to locate points of interest on streams, delineate the basin boundary, compute selected basin characteristics, and obtain estimates of a variety of streamflow statistics associated with those locations. The new capabilities allow StreamStats to provide information on average monthly and average annual water uses (including total withdrawals, returns, and net withdrawals) associated with areas draining to the selected locations. This study was done to pilot the water-use information retrieval process for Ohio and so was limited to providing information for portions of 30 counties in the northeast quadrant of Ohio where water demands have been changing rapidly. A new report describes the analytical methods and results of the pilot study.
National Drinking Water Week – May 1-7.
5/1/2016 -- Celebrate drinking water, our most precious natural resource. This Drinking Water Week, learn about Ohio drinking water from the USEPA and Ohio EPA drinking water websites. The USGS conducts human-health related research on a range of water quality topics relevant to drinking water.
Two New Reports Shed Light On Arsenic In Ohio Drinking Water.
3/7/2016 -- Arsenic is a groundwater contaminant that occurs naturally in parts of Ohio. Long-term exposure to water with high concentrations of arsenic is linked to serious health problems, including multiple types of cancer. About 1.8 million Ohioans get their drinking water from domestic wells, most of which have not been tested for arsenic. A new report on arsenic in groundwater of Licking County reveals that almost 1 in 8 domestic wells in the County had arsenic concentrations greater than the health limit of 10 micrograms per liter. Arsenic concentrations were related to the distribution of geologic deposits, so some areas were more affected than others. Similar geologic deposits exist elsewhere in the State, and these areas may also be vulnerable to contamination from natural sources of arsenic. A second report is from a study that evaluated the effectiveness of different water-treatment systems used to remove arsenic from drinking water at 11 homes in southwestern and central Ohio. The effectiveness of the treatment systems varied widely (2–90 percent), depending on (1) the quality of the raw water and (2) maintenance and (or)operation of the systems.
Characterizing Water Quality In The Muskingum Watershed.
2/3/2016 -- The USGS and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) are cooperating to characterize the surface-water quality in the eastern part of the Muskingum Watershed, where many of the largest reservoirs in the watershed are located and where shale-gas drilling is particularly focused. Water-quality and streamflow data are being collected under a variety of streamflow conditions six times at thirty sites around six of the reservoirs. Additionally, there are weather stations at the lakes, and lake and stream gages at some of the water-quality sites measure real-time lake level, stage, discharge, and (or) continuous water-quality parameters such as specific conductance and stream temperature (link to real-time gage data).
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