Water Resources Data - Ohio, Water Year 97
Cooperation | Summary of hydrologic conditions | Special networks and programs | Explanation of records


The Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with state agencies, obtains a large amount of data each water year (a water year is the 12-month period from October 1 through September 30 and is identified by the calendar year in which it ends) pertaining to the water resources of Ohio.These data, accumulated during many years, constitute a valuable data base for developing an improved understanding of the water resources of the State. To make these data readily available to interested parties outside the USGS, they are published annually in this report series entitled "Water Resources Data---Ohio."

This report (in two volumes) includes records on surface waterand ground water in the State. Specifically, it contains (1) discharge records for streamflow-gaging stations, miscellaneous sites, and crest-stage stations, (2) stage and content records for streams, lakes, and reservoirs, (3) water-quality data for streamflow-gaging stations, wells, synoptic sites, and partial-record sites, and (4) water-level data for observation wells. Locations of lake- and streamflow-gaging stations, water-quality stations, and observation wells for which data are presented in this volume are shown in figures 9a through 9d. The data in this report represent that part of the National Water Data System collected by the USGS and cooperating State and Federal agencies in Ohio.

This series of annual reports for Ohio began with the 1961 water year with a report that contained only data relating to the quantities of surface water. For the 1964 water year, a similar report was introduced that contained only data relating to water quality. Beginning with the 1975 water year, the report was changed to present (in two to three volumes) data on quantities of surface water, quality of surface and ground water, and ground-water levels.

Prior to the introduction of this series, and for several years concurrent with it, water-resources data for Ohio were published in a series of USGS Water-Supply Papers. Data on stream discharge and stage and on lake or reservoir contents and stage through September 1960 were published annually under the title "Surface-Water Supply of the United States, Parts 3 and 4. For the 1961 through 1970 water years, the data were published in two 5-year reports. Data on chemical quality, temperature, and suspended sediment for the 1941 through 1970 water years were published annually under the title "Quality of Surface Waters of the United States," and ground-water levels for the 1935 through 1974 water years were published under the title "Ground-Water Levels in the United States." The above-mentioned Water-Supply Papers can be found in libraries of the principal cities of the United States and can be purchased from the U.S. GeologicalSurvey, Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225.

Publications similar to this report are published annually by the USGS for all states. These official USGS reports are identified by means of a number consisting of the two-letter state abbreviation, the last two digits of the water year, and the volume number. For example, this volume is identified as "U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report OH-97-2." For archiving and general distribution, the reports for 1971-74 water years are also identified as water-data reports. These water-data reports can be purchased in paper copy or in microfiche from the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.

USGS water data can be accessed on the World Wide Web at Data at this Web site include historical daily values and peaks, real-time water data, and spatial data. (The USGS Ohio District's Web site can be accessed at

Additional information for ordering specific reports, including current prices, may be obtained by writing the District Chief at the address given on the back of title page or by telephoning (614)430-7700.


The USGS has had cooperative agreements for the collection of water-resources data since 1898. The following organizations assisted in collecting data in this report: