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Our Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana WSC priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices. 

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Pesticide mixtures common in many U.S. stream

Pesticide mixtures common in many U.S. stream

In a study of 72 rivers and streams across the contiguous U.S., five or more pesticides were detected in 88% of the more than 5,000 samples collected during 2013–17. Access data used in the study here.

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USGS Kentucky Drought Condition Monitor

USGS Kentucky Drought Condition Monitor

The USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center and Kentucky Agricultural Development Board rely upon several parameters to monitor water-supply-drought conditions. 

Drought Monitor

Current Data

This data was formerly known to most as the "Realtime Data" in table format. Although the format has not changed, we now refer to it as "Current Conditions".

Ohio Current Streamflow Data

Kentucky Current Streamflow Data

Indiana Current Streamflow Data

Ohio Current Groundwater Data

Kentucky Current Groundwater Data

Indiana Current Groundwater Data

Current Water Quality Data

Mobile Water Data

News

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: May 5, 2020

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Winter 2020 Newsletter

Annual Cooperators Meeting – Hold the Date!!

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center 2020 Cooperator Meetings – Tentative Dates are:

The Louisville Office will hold its annual cooperator meeting on September 16, 2020.

The Indianapolis Office will hold its annual cooperator meeting on ...

Date published: September 13, 2019

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Science highlights included in this issue are: “Super Gages” and a summary of Wettest Year on Record for the Ohio River Basin. 

Publications

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Bathymetric surveys of Morse and Geist Reservoirs in central Indiana made with a multibeam echosounder, 2016, and comparison with previous surveys

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Citizens Energy Group, conducted a bathymetric survey of Morse and Geist Reservoirs in central Indiana in April and May of 2016 with a multibeam echosounder. Both reservoirs serve as water supply, flood control, and recreational resources for the city of Indianapolis and the surrounding communities....

Boldt, Justin A.; Martin, Zachary W.
Boldt, J.A., and Martin, Z.W., 2020, Bathymetric surveys of Morse and Geist Reservoirs in central Indiana made with a multibeam echosounder, 2016, and comparison with previous surveys: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5067, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205067.

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Monthly suspended-sediment apportionment for a western Lake Erie agricultural tributary

Black Creek, a headwater to the Maumee River and western Lake Erie, is an agricultural basin with a mix of cropland (66%), pasture (19%), and forest (7%) linked by a road network to the rural community. Suspended sediment was collected monthly during the 2018 water year for the main stem and two sub-basins using in-situ, passive samplers that...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Dobrowolski, Edward G.; Gellis, Allen; Sabitov, Timur; Gorman Sanisaca, Lillian

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Predicting microcystin concentration action-level exceedances resulting from cyanobacterial blooms in selected lake sites in Ohio

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms and the toxins they produce are a global water-quality problem. Monitoring and prediction tools are needed to quickly predict cyanotoxin action-level exceedances in recreational and drinking waters used by the public. To address this need, data were collected at eight locations in Ohio, USA, to identify factors...

Francy, Donna S.; Brady, Amie M.G.; Stelzer, Erin; Cicale, Jessica; Hackney, Courtney Paige; Dalby, Harrison D; Struffolino, Pamela; Dwyer, Daryl F.