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National Groundwater Awareness Week – March 5-11, 2017.
3/3/2017 --Life as we know it would be impossible without groundwater. Groundwater is the water that seeps into the ground and fills the pores and cracks in the rocks below the surface. It is the world’s most extracted natural resource and it supports ecosystems. Groundwater is the predominant source of drinking water for about 4.5 million people in Ohio, and though it is an abundant and renewable resource, it must be protected. More information on groundwater can be found from the USGS Ground Water Information Page and the National Ground Water Association.
Human, Cattle Viruses Detected In Some Great Lakes Tributaries.
3/3/2017 --Human and bovine (cattle) viruses were detected in a small percentage of some Great Lakes Basin streams, with human viruses more prevalent in urban streams and bovine viruses more common in streams in agricultural areas, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study. Scientists with the USGS and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 290 water samples from eight rivers in the Great Lakes Basin, including the Maumee and Portage Rivers in Ohio, from February 2011 to June 2013. The two most frequently detected pathogens in the study were human adenovirus C, D and F in nine percent of samples, which can cause minor respiratory illnesses in people, and bovine polyomavirus in 11 percent of samples. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funded the study. (news release)
Characterizing Fecal Contamination In An Urban Watershed.
2/16/2017 -- A new journal article in Water Environment Research describes a multi-year study using microbiological and hydrological data to rank tributary stream contributions of bacteria to the Little Blue River in Independence, Missouri. USGS scientists from Ohio and Missouri characterized concentrations, loadings and yields of E. coli and microbial source tracking (MST) markers during base flow and storm events over seven years in five subbasins within Independence, as well as sources entering and leaving the city through the river. The ranking methodology used in this study may prove useful in prioritizing remediation in the different subbasins. Contact Rebecca Bushon for a copy of the article.
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