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Surface Water

Filter Total Items: 51
Date published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Edge Of Field And Priority Watershed (Waterville) Monitoring

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is an interagency effort that seeks to accelerate ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes by confronting threats to the region, such as nonpoint source pollution. Three Priority Watersheds have been targeted (Fox/Green Bay, Saginaw, and Maumee) and are characterized by having a high density of agricultural land use and have ecosystem impairments...

Contacts: Carrie Huitger
Date published: September 28, 2016
Status: Active

Sediment Network In Ohio

Hellbranch Run is a second order stream tributary to Big Darby Creek. Big Darby Creek was designated a “National Scenic River” in 1994 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Beginning in 1992, concern about the possible effects of urbanization on water quality in Hellbranch Run (and ultimately Big Darby Creek) prompted the USGS, in cooperation with the City of Columbus, Ohio, to begin...

Contacts: John Tertuliani
Date published: September 28, 2016
Status: Active

NWQP (National Water Quality Program) Surface Water Monitoring And Assessment

The long-term goals of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) and National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN) programs are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater...

Contacts: David Reutter
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Of Groundwater Levels And Surface-Water Quality At The South Well Field, Franklin County, Ohio

The City of Columbus operates 5 high-capacity collector wells to extract groundwater for drinking-water supply. To assist the City, the USGS monitors water levels in 5 observation wells and operates a water-quality monitor on the Scioto River where specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity are measured on an hourly basis. In addition, groundwater-level synoptic...

Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Lake Erie (LERI) NAWQA Surface Water Status And Trends

The Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair (LERI) Basins in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania comprise one of more than 50 study units that are part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of the NAWQA program are to describe the water-quality status and trends in a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater...

Contacts: Dennis Finnegan
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Crest-Stage Streamgage Network In Ohio

Historically, streams with drainage areas less than 100 square miles have not been adequately represented in regional peak flow analysis. To help fill this data gap, crest-stage gages were installed in 2001 at 18 sites throughout Ohio in order to augment the peak flow record for small streams (less than 100 square miles). After enough peak flow data have been collected at these sites, an...

Contacts: Branden Vonins
Date published: July 29, 2016
Status: Active

Simulation of Soil-Water Availability

How much water is stored in the soil?  Does agricultural management affect this?  Will this change if temperatures increase and plants need more water? 

In order to answer this question, we have focused on the differences in soil physical properties under four land management types (forest, pasture, traditional agriculture, and conservation agriculture) and whether these differences...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

Flood Inundation Mapping in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Flood inundation maps (FIMs) translate the stage of a river (shown on a hydrograph) to a map showing the extent and depth of flood waters. FIMS are created by combining datasets calculated by hydraulic models with ArcGIS, a geographic information system. FIMs can be used in conjunction with USGS real-time data and National Weather Service Flood Forecasts to plan and prepare for flood events....

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Completed

A Flood Alert System for Columbus, Indiana

In June 2008, heavy rainfall occurred in the upstream reaches of Haw Creek, a small stream that flows through the center of Columbus, Ind. A sudden flash flood occurred through the middle of Columbus which took the town by surprise since the rain was upstream. Many homes and more than 70 businesses were damaged in Columbus, including $125 million in damage to the Columbus Regional Hospital and...

Contacts: A. Thomas Ruby, Jeremiah Lant
Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana National Water-Quality Assessment Project

Staff have been sampling Sugar Creek at New Palestine and the White River at Hazleton heavily since the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) pilot study in 1991. We have collected 26 years of nutrient, pesticide, major ions, and sediment data at these sites.  Our intensive data collection is critical to the science...

Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Large Rivers in Kentucky

Water Science Center scientists monitor several rivers in Kentucky as part of the USGS National Water-Quality Program (NWQP). As part of the NWQP program , USGS scientists from across the country are determine the status and trends of loads and concentrations of contaminants, nutrients, and sediment in the Nation’s large...

Contacts: Angela Crain
Date published: July 13, 2016
Status: Active

Bathymetric Surveys

Bathymetric surveys allow us to measure the depth of a water body as well as map the underwater features of a water body.  Multiple methods can be used for bathymetric surveys including multi-beam and single-beam surveys, ADCPs, sub-bottom profilers, and the Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. We use bathymetric surveys for many different types of research including flood inundation,...

Contacts: Justin Boldt, Zachary Martin