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National Water Use At Lowest Level Since Before 1970.
11/20/2014 -- Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to the newly released report Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010 and as described on the USGS Water Use webpage, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the United States during 2010. Ohio ranked 12th in State total withdrawals, with 68 percent of withdrawals in Ohio used for thermoelectric power. The USGS compiles and disseminates the Nation's water-use data, including a report every 5 years. (news release)
Paddlers And Anglers Rely On USGS Data.
10/14/2014 -- Data from streamgages are vital for managing catastrophes such as floods—but month after month, the top consumers of USGS streamgage data in Ohio are paddlers and anglers. Gage data inform anglers whether the water is a suitable temperature and flow for fishing. Before paddlers head out, they can check whether there is enough or too much water to safely and enjoyably canoe or kayak. Use USGS WaterWatch to view real-time streamflow data, USGS WaterNow to query a USGS streamgage via email or text messaging, and USGS WaterAlert to be alerted when certain parameters such as gage height exceed user-defined thresholds. There are also many third-party smart phone apps and websites that access USGS real-time water data. In Ohio, the more popular gages for recreational purposes (fishing and/or paddling) include the Grand River near Painesville, Rocky River near Berea, Chagrin River at Willoughby, Mad River near Urbana, and the Little Miami River at Milford.
Protect Your Groundwater Day – September 9, 2014.
9/9/2014 -- Of all the usable freshwater on Earth, 99 percent is stored in underground aquifers. Even if you get your drinking water from a reservoir, most surface-water bodies are connected to groundwater through the hydrologic cycle. Protect groundwater by keeping it safe from contamination, and use it wisely. More information on groundwater and Protect Your Groundwater Day can be found at the National Ground Water Association and USGS Groundwater Information Pages.
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