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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.
Monitoring Quantity And Quality Of Water.
9/2/2014 -- You can’t manage what you don’t measure. In the Scioto Watershed, two new streamgages in Columbus and an updated streamgage including a new rain gage in flood-prone LaRue will be part of new flood-warning systems to help both municipalities better prepare and plan for floods. In the Maumee Watershed, four new streamgages and seven new automatic water-quality samplers were installed. These automatic samplers can be programmed to collect water-quality samples at predetermined time intervals or when certain water-level and discharge thresholds are reached; data from the analyzed samples will be used to quantify the daily, seasonal, and annual nutrient and sediment loads. Increased knowledge of a stream’s water quality can lead to more effective resource management, including decisions on drinking-water treatment and recreational uses, and assessment of aquatic habitat.
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