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Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center

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/local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices.

News

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Three historic USGS streamgages recognized by new World Meteorological Organization designation

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Spring 2023 Newsletter

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Winter 2022 Newsletter

Publications

Hydrology and water quality of a dune-and-swale wetland adjacent to the Grand Calumet River, Indiana, 2019–22

Adverse ecological and water-quality effects associated with industrial land-use changes are common for littoral wetlands connected to river mouth ecosystems in the Grand Calumet River-Indiana Harbor Canal Area of Concern. These effects can be exacerbated by recent high Lake Michigan water levels that are problematic for wetland restoration. Wetlands in the adjacent Clark and Pine Nature Preserve
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Shawn Naylor, Amy M. Gahala

Isolation and identification of microcystin-degrading bacteria in Lake Erie source waters and drinking-water plant sand filters

The increasing prevalence of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms and the toxins they produce is a global water-quality issue. In the Western Basin of Lake Erie, high microcystin concentrations have led to water-quality advisories, process adjustments for treating drinking water, and increased water-quality monitoring. Biodegradation is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to reduce c
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Donna S. Francy, Jessica R. Cicale, Erin A. Stelzer, Dane C. Reano, Christopher D. Ecker

Environmental surveillance and detection of infectious highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in Iowa wetlands

Avian influenza viruses (AIVs) infect both wild birds and domestic poultry, resulting in economically costly outbreaks that have the potential to impact public health. Currently, a knowledge gap exists regarding the detection of infectious AIVs in the aquatic environment. In response to the 2021–2022 Eurasian strain highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A/goose/Guangdong/1/1996 clade 2.3.4.4 li
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Laura E. Hubbard, Carrie E Givens, Erin A. Stelzer, Mary L. Killian, Dana W. Kolpin, Christine M. Szablewski, Rebecca L. Poulson

Science

Groundwater Age Estimates, Groundwater Quality, and Hydrogeologic Characteristics of Chase Street Flowing Well and Similar Confined Wells, Little Calumet River Basin, Indiana

In cooperation with The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission (LCRBDC) is developing a park around a local cultural landmark, known locally as the Chase Street flowing well, in Gary, Indiana, a community in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership--Northwest Indiana Area. Groundwater from the...
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Groundwater Age Estimates, Groundwater Quality, and Hydrogeologic Characteristics of Chase Street Flowing Well and Similar Confined Wells, Little Calumet River Basin, Indiana

In cooperation with The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission (LCRBDC) is developing a park around a local cultural landmark, known locally as the Chase Street flowing well, in Gary, Indiana, a community in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership--Northwest Indiana Area. Groundwater from the...
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Assessing stormwater reduction through green infrastructure: RecoveryPark (Detroit, Mich.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (including urban land conversion and bioswales) at reducing stormwater runoff is being assessed at RecoveryPark, a redeveloped urban farm in Detroit, Michigan. This study will monitor pre- and post-construction storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, precipitation, and potential evapotranspiration (ET) to evaluate stormwater-volume reduction in response to...
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Assessing stormwater reduction through green infrastructure: RecoveryPark (Detroit, Mich.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (including urban land conversion and bioswales) at reducing stormwater runoff is being assessed at RecoveryPark, a redeveloped urban farm in Detroit, Michigan. This study will monitor pre- and post-construction storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, precipitation, and potential evapotranspiration (ET) to evaluate stormwater-volume reduction in response to...
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Assessing stormwater reduction using green infrastructure: Gary City Hall (Gary, Ind.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (rain gardens and decreased impervious surface) at reducing stormwater runoff and capturing dissolved chloride is being assessed at a redevelopment project at Gary City Hall (Gary, Indiana). This study will evaluate pre- and post-construction hydrologic conditions using data collected by monitoring storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, soil moisture, and...
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Assessing stormwater reduction using green infrastructure: Gary City Hall (Gary, Ind.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (rain gardens and decreased impervious surface) at reducing stormwater runoff and capturing dissolved chloride is being assessed at a redevelopment project at Gary City Hall (Gary, Indiana). This study will evaluate pre- and post-construction hydrologic conditions using data collected by monitoring storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, soil moisture, and...
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