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Before Swimming Or Paddling, Check The Water Quality.
6/18/2014 -- Each morning, beach managers post advisories stating whether water quality at the beach is predicted to be poor or good that day based on the Ohio Nowcast. Nowcasts predict whether E. coli bacterial levels in the water are within the water quality standard and acceptable for swimming. Nowcasts are based on real-time beach specific variables such as turbidity (cloudiness of the water), recent rainfall, and wind conditions. Traditional analytical method takes 18-24 hours to complete and can lead to erroneous assessments of public-health risk because it relies on “yesterday’s” E. coli and water quality conditions may have changed. As described in a recent USGS report, nowcasts are being developed or improved at over 40 beaches around the Great Lakes. Safe swimming!
Licking County Now More Prepared For Floods.
3/20/2014 -- A new flood warning system is available to help Licking County, Ohio, better prepare and plan for floods. The USGS and National Weather Service, along with seven local, county, regional, and State agencies partnered to create digital flood inundation maps for portions of the Licking River Watershed. These maps will allow emergency officials, planners, homeowners and businesses see which roadways and properties will be impacted by predicted flood levels. These maps will supplement river observations and flood forecasts from the well-established USGS streamgaging network and NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services. The maps are available at (http://water.weather.gov/ahps/inundation.php) and at (http://wim.usgs.gov/FIMI) and more information on flood inundation mapping for Licking County can be found in the USGS report.
National Groundwater Awareness Week – March 9-15, 2014.
3/9/2014 -- Why is the river flowing if it has not been raining? Where does the farmer get all that water for irrigating the crops? Where does my drinking water come from? Groundwater could be the answer. Excluding the glaciers and polar icecaps, 95 percent of the freshwater in the world is groundwater. Groundwater is the water that seeps into the ground and fills the spaces and cracks in the rocks below the surface. It is not typically an underground river or lake. Learn more about groundwater and USGS groundwater studies at the USGS Water Science School and USGS Groundwater Information Pages. National Groundwater Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Ground Water Association and many partners.
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