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Year Published: 2016

Hydrologic data and groundwater-flow simulations in the Brown Ditch Watershed, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, near Beverly Shores and Town of Pines, Indiana

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected data and simulated groundwater flow to increase understanding of the hydrology and the effects of drainage alterations on the water table in the vicinity of Great Marsh, near Beverly Shores and Town of Pines, Indiana. Prior land-management practices have modified drainage and caused changes in the...

Lampe, David C.
Lampe, D.C., 2015, Hydrologic data and groundwater-flow simulations in the Brown Ditch Watershed, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, near Beverly Shores and Town of Pines, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015– 5141, 97 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155141.

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Year Published: 2016

Arsenic in groundwater of Licking County, Ohio, 2012—Occurrence and relation to hydrogeology

Arsenic concentrations were measured in samples from 168 domestic wells in Licking County, Ohio, to document arsenic concentrations in a wide variety of wells and to identify hydrogeologic factors associated with arsenic concentrations in groundwater. Elevated concentrations of arsenic (greater than 10.0 micrograms per liter [µg/L]) were detected...

Thomas, Mary Ann
Thomas, M.A., 2016, Arsenic in groundwater of Licking County, Ohio, 2012—Occurrence and relation to hydrogeology: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5148, 38 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155148.

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Year Published: 2016

The effectiveness of water-treatment systems for arsenic used in 11 homes in Southwestern and Central Ohio, 2013

In 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Miami Conservancy District investigated the effectiveness of methods used to remove arsenic from drinking water at 11 homes in southwestern and central Ohio. The untreated (raw) ground-water had arsenic concentrations of 7.7–382 micrograms per liter (µg/L), and the median concentration was 30 µg/L. The...

Thomas, Mary Ann; Ekberg, Mike
Thomas, M.A., and Ekberg, Mike, 2016, The effectiveness of water-treatment systems for arsenic used in 11 homes in Southwestern and Central Ohio, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5156, 26 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155156.

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Estimated agricultural pesticide use for Southeast Stream-Quality Assessment, 2014

Introduction One of the goals of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Southeast Stream-Quality Assessment (SESQA) is to characterize contaminants at perennial-stream sites throughout the southern Piedmont and southern Appalachian Mountains. The evaluation of pesticide inputs from agricultural sources will aid in that characterization. Methods used...

Baker, Nancy T.
Baker, N.T., 2016, Estimated agricultural pesticide use for Southeast Stream-Quality Assessment, 2014 (ver 2.1, July, 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1224, 5 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151224.

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Year Published: 2015

Classification of ephemeral, intermittent, and perennial stream reaches using a TOPMODEL-based approach

Whether a waterway is temporary or permanent influences regulatory protection guidelines, however, classification can be subjective due to a combination of factors, including time of year, antecedent moisture conditions, and previous experience of the field investigator. Our objective was to develop a standardized protocol using publicly ...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Agouridis, Carmen T.; Barton, Christopher D.; Villines, Jonathan A.; Lant, Jeremiah G.
Williamson, Tanja N., Carmen T. Agouridis, Christopher D. Barton, Jonathan A. Villines, and Jeremiah G. Lant, 2015. Classification of Ephemeral, Intermittent, and Perennial Stream Reaches Using a TOPMODEL-Based Approach. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) . DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12352

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Year Published: 2015

Summary of hydrologic modeling for the Delaware River Basin using the Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER)

The Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER) is a decision support system for the nontidal part of the Delaware River Basin that provides a consistent and objective method of simulating streamflow under historical, forecasted, and managed conditions. In order to quantify the uncertainty associated with these simulations, however...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Lant, Jeremiah G.; Claggett, Peter; Nystrom, Elizabeth A.; Milly, Paul C.D.; Nelson, Hugh L.; Hoffman, Scott A.; Colarullo, Susan J.; Fischer, Jeffrey M.
Williamson, T.N., Lant, J.G., Claggett, P.R., Nystrom, E.A., Milly, P.C.D., Nelson, H.L., Hoffman, S.A., Colarullo, S.J., and Fischer, J.M., 2015, Summary of hydrologic modeling for the Delaware River Basin using the Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5143, 68 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155143.

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Year Published: 2015

User manuals for the Delaware River Basin Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (DRB–WATER) and associated WATER application utilities

The Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER) is a decision support system (DSS) for the nontidal part of the Delaware River Basin (DRB) that provides a consistent and objective method of simulating streamflow under historical, forecasted, and managed conditions. WATER integrates geospatial sampling of landscape characteristics,...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Lant, Jeremiah G.
Williamson, T.N., and Lant, J.G., 2015, User manuals for the Delaware River Basin Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (DRB–WATER) and associated WATER application utilities: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1196, 32 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151196.

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Year Published: 2015

Water Quality, Cyanobacteria, and Environmental Factors and Their Relations to Microcystin Concentrations for Use in Predictive Models at Ohio Lake Erie and Inland Lake Recreational Sites, 2013-14

Harmful cyanobacterial “algal” blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major water-quality issue for Lake Erie and inland lakes in Ohio. Predicting when and where a bloom may occur is important to protect the public that uses and consumes a water resource; however, predictions are complicated and likely...

Francy, Donna S.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Ecker, Christopher D.; Brady, Amie M.G.; Pam Struffolino; Loftin, Keith A.
Francy, D.S., Graham, J.L., Stelzer, E.A., Ecker, C.D., Brady, A.M.G., Struffolino, Pamela, and Loftin, K.A., 2015, Water quality, cyanobacteria, and environmental factors and their relations to microcystin concentrations for use in predictive models at Ohio Lake Erie and inland lake recreational sites, 2013–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5120, 58 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155120.

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Year Published: 2015

Preliminary estimates of annual agricultural pesticide use for counties of the conterminous United States, 2013

Summary This report provides preliminary estimates of annual agricultural use of 387 pesticide compounds in counties of the conterminous United States in 2013, compiled by means of methods described in Thelin and Stone (2013) and Baker and Stone (2015). U.S. Department of Agriculture county-level data for harvested-crop acreage were used in...

Baker, Nancy T.
Baker, N.T., 2015, Preliminary estimates of annual agricultural pesticide use for counties of the conterminous United States, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1176, 3 p., 14 tables, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151176.

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Year Published: 2015

Geochemical legacies and the future health of cities: A tale of two neurotoxins in urban soils

The past and future of cities are inextricably linked, a linkage that can be seen clearly in the long-term impacts of urban geochemical legacies. As loci of population as well as the means of employment and industry to support these populations, cities have a long history of co-locating contaminating practices and people, sometimes with negative...

Fillipelli, Gabriel M.; Risch, Martin R.; Laidlaw, Mark A. S.; Nichols, Deborah E.; Crewe, Julie
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene • 3: 000059 • doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000059 elementascience.org

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Year Published: 2015

Flood-inundation maps for the Tippecanoe River at Winamac, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 6.2 mile reach of the Tippecanoe River at Winamac, Indiana (Ind.), were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science Web site at http://water....

Menke, Chad D.; Bunch, Aubrey R.
Menke, C.D., and Bunch, A.R., 2015, Flood-inundation maps for the Tippecanoe River at Winamac, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5103, 9 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155103.

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Flood-inundation maps for Grand River, Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek near Lansing, Michigan

Digital flood-inundation maps for a total of 19.7 miles of the Grand River, the Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the City of Lansing, Michigan, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping...

Whitehead, Matthew; Ostheimer, Chad J.
Whitehead, M.T., and Ostheimer, C.J., 2015, Flood-inundation maps for Grand River, Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek near Lansing, Michigan (ver. 1.1, February 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5101, 19 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155101.