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Year Published: 2015

Low-flow characteristics for selected streams in Indiana

The management and availability of Indiana’s water resources increase in importance every year. Specifically, information on low-flow characteristics of streams is essential to State water-management agencies. These agencies need low-flow information when working with issues related to irrigation, municipal and industrial water supplies,...

Fowler, Kathleen K.; Wilson, John T.
Fowler, K.K., and Wilson, J.T., 2015, Low-flow characteristics for selected streams in Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5242, 353 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145242. ISSN 2328–0328 (online)

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Year Published: 2015

Estimated annual agricultural pesticide use for counties of the conterminous United States, 2008-12

Annual county-level pesticide use was estimated for 423 herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides applied to agricultural crops grown in the conterminous United States during 2008–12. For all States except California, pesticide-use data were compiled from proprietary surveys of farm operations located within U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Baker, Nancy T.; Stone, Wesley W.
Baker, N.T., and Stone, W.W., 2015, Estimated annual agricultural pesticide use for counties of the conterminous United States, 2008–12: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 907, 9 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds907.

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Year Published: 2015

A summary of the benthic-invertebrate and fish-community data from streams in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Indiana, 1981-2012

Intermittently, during 1981–2012, the U.S. Geological Survey sampled sites in the White River and several tributaries in the Indianapolis metropolitan area of Indiana for benthic invertebrates and fish communities. During 1981–87, one study focused on benthic-invertebrate data collection at three sites along the White River. During...

Voelker, David C.; Bunch, Aubrey R.; Dobrowolski, Edward G.; Shoda, Megan E.
Voelker, D.C., Bunch, A.R., Dobrowolski, E.G., and Shoda, M.E., 2015, A summary of the benthic-invertebrate and fish-community data from streams in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Indiana, 1981–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5225, 29 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145225.

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Year Published: 2014

Flood-inundation maps for the White River near Edwardsport, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 3.3-mile reach of the White River near Edwardsport, (Ind.), were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation. The inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science Web site at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/...

Fowler, Kathleen K.

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Year Published: 2014

Chemical and biological quality of water in Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio, 2011-12, with emphasis on cyanobacteria

Grand Lake St. Marys (GLSM) is a shallow lake in northwest Ohio, which is about 9 miles long and 3 miles wide with depths averaging less than 8 feet. Cyanobacteria blooms are common in GLSM, and high concentrations of microcystins—toxins produced by cyanobacteria—have been documented therein. During 2011–12, the U.S. Geological...

Dumouchelle, Denise H.; Stelzer, Erin A.
Dumouchelle, D.H., and Stelzer, E.A., 2014, Chemical and biological quality of water in Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio, 2011–12, with emphasis on cyanobacteria: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5210, 51 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145210.

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Year Published: 2014

Water quality in Indiana: trends in concentrations of selected nutrients, metals, and ions in streams, 2000-10

Water quality in Indiana streams generally improved during the 2000–10 study period, based on trends in selected nutrients, metals, and ions. This study combined water-quality data from the Indiana Fixed Station Monitoring Program (FSMP) with streamflow data from nearby U.S. Geological Survey streamgages. A parametric time-series model,...

Risch, Martin R.; Bunch, Aubrey R.; Vecchia, Aldo V.; Martin, Jeffrey D.; Baker, Nancy T.

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Year Published: 2014

Science to support the understanding of Ohio's water resources, 2014-15

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,...

Shaffer, Kimberly; Kula, Stephanie P.
Shaffer, K.H., and Kula, S.P., comp., 2014, Science to support the understanding of Ohio's water resources, 2014–15: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3097, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20143097.

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Year Published: 2014

Flood-inundation maps and updated components for a flood-warning system or the City of Marietta, Ohio and selected communities along the Lower Muskingum River and Ohio River

Digital flood-inundation maps for lower reaches of the Muskingum River and a reach of the Ohio River in southeast Ohio were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and the City of Marietta, Ohio. To complete the inundation maps, Ohio River and lower Muskingum River bathymetry...

Whitehead, Matthew T.; Ostheimer, Chad J.
Whitehead, M.T., and Ostheimer, C.J., 2014, Flood-inundation maps and updated components for a flood-warning system or the City of Marietta, Ohio and selected communities along the Lower Muskingum River and Ohio River: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5195, 16 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145195.

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Year Published: 2014

Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: occurrence and trends during 1992-2011

During the 20 years from 1992 to 2011, pesticides were found at concentrations that exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks in many rivers and streams that drain agricultural, urban, and mixed-land use watersheds. Overall, the proportions of assessed streams with one or more pesticides that exceeded an aquatic-life benchmark were very similar between the...

Stone, Wesley W.; Gilliom, Robert J.; Ryberg, Karen R.
Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: occurrence and trends during 1992-2011; 2014; Article; Journal; Environmental Science & Technology; Stone, Wesley W.; Gilliom, Robert J.; Ryberg, Karen R.

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Year Published: 2014

An overview comparing results from two decades of monitoring for pesticides in the Nation’s streams and rivers, 1992-2001 and 2002-2011

This report provides an overview of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment program and National Stream Quality Accounting Network findings for pesticide occurrence in U.S. streams and rivers during 2002–11 and compares them to findings for the previous decade (1992–2001). In addition, pesticide stream concentrations were...

Stone, Wesley W.; Gilliom, Robert J.; Martin, Jeffrey D.
An overview comparing results from two decades of monitoring for pesticides in the Nation’s streams and rivers, 1992-2001 and 2002-2011; 2014; SIR; 2014-5154; Stone, Wesley W.; Gilliom, Robert J.; Martin, Jeffrey D.

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Year Published: 2014

Simulating soil-water movement through loess-veneered landscapes using nonconsilient saturated hydraulic conductivity measurements

Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) data are available for the entire United States, so are incorporated in many regional and national models of hydrology and environmental management. However, SSURGO does not provide an understanding of spatial variability and only includes saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) values estimated from...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Lee, Brad D.; Schoeneberger, Philip J.; McCauley, W. M.; Indorante, Samuel J.; Owens, Phillip R.

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Year Published: 2014

Stream sediment sources in midwest agricultural basins with land retirement along channel

Documenting the effects of agricultural land retirement on stream-sediment sources is critical to identifying management practices that improve water quality and aquatic habitat. Particularly difficult to quantify are the effects from conservation easements that commonly are discontinuous along channelized streams and ditches throughout the...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Christensen, Victoria G.; Richardson, William B.; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Gellis, Allen C.; Kieta, K. A.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.
Stream sediment sources in midwest agricultural basins with land retirement along channel; 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Environmental Quality; Williamson, Tanja N.; Christensen, Victoria G.; Richardson, William B.; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Gellis, Allen C.; Kieta, K. A.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.