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Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) webpage for the water resources of Michigan and Ohio - your direct link to all kinds of water information. Here, you'll find information on Michigan and Ohio's streams, groundwater, water quality, and more.

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Image of first page of Western Lake Erie Water Monitoring Summary
May 28, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is measuring streamflow and collecting nutrient and sediment samples at stream gages in the Western Lake Erie Basin in Northwest Ohio.  

Housing structure for USGS Stream gage with Clear Fork Mohican River in the background
May 11, 2017

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates a network of real-time streamgages that continually record stage and streamflow every 15 to 60 minutes. 

Harmful Algal Bloom Sampling
August 12, 2016

A new article, published in Harmful Algae, describes a study to predict cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) at three Ohio recreational lake sites.

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Response of currents and water quality to changes in dam operations in Hoover Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio, August 24–28, 2015

Hoover Reservoir, an important drinking water supply for the City of Columbus, Ohio, has been the source of a series of taste and odor problems in treated drinking water during the past few years. These taste and odor problems were caused by the compounds geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol, which are thought to have been related to cyanobacteria...

Vonins, Branden L.; Jackson, P. Ryan
Vonins, B.L., and Jackson, P.R., 2017, Response of currents and water quality to changes in dam operations in Hoover Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio, August 24–28, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5027, 62 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175027.

Year Published: 2016

Science to support the understanding of Ohio's water resources, 2016-17

Ohio’s water resources support a complex web of human activities and nature—clean and abundant water is needed for drinking, recreation, farming, and industry, as well as for fish and wildlife needs. Although rainfall in normal years can support these activities and needs, occasional floods and droughts can disrupt streamflow, groundwater, water...

Shaffer, Kimberly; Kula, Stephanie P.; Shaffer, Kimberly; Kula, Stephanie P.
Shaffer, K.H., and Kula, S.P., 2016, Science to support the understanding of Ohio's water resources, 2016-17: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3087, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163087.

Year Published: 2016

Science center capabilities to monitor and investigate Michigan’s water resources, 2016

Michigan faces many challenges related to water resources, including flooding, drought, water-quality degradation and impairment, varying water availability, watershed-management issues, stormwater management, aquatic-ecosystem impairment, and invasive species. Michigan’s water resources include approximately 36,000 miles of streams, over 11,000...

Giesen, Julia A.; Givens, Carrie E.
Giesen, J.A., and Givens, C.E., 2016, Science center capabilities to monitor and investigate Michigan's Water Resources, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3064, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163064.