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Thank You Notes From Third Grade Students
November 29, 2018

Kasia Kelly (GLSC, Chesterton, Indiana) gave a presentation on aquatic invasive species of the Great Lakes region for first and third grade students from Discovery Charter School in Porter, Indiana, on November 8, 2018. 

Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station
October 29, 2018

Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District received a District Showcase Award as an outstanding district in Indiana.

Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station
October 9, 2018

Students from Indiana University Northwest visited the Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station (GLSC, Chesterton, Indiana).

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Sediment Acoustics
Date Published: October 17, 2018
Status: Active

Sediment Acoustics- Molly Wood

Acoustic instruments are increasingly being used to measure suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) in fluvial environments. The USGS Office of Surface Water, USGS Sediment Acoustics Leadership Team, and the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project are developing standardized methods and software for estimating SSC from acoustic backscatter from acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs).

Linking sand dune dynamics to Pitcher's thistle metapopulations
Date Published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Linking sand dune dynamics to Pitcher's thistle metapopulations- Noel Pavlovic

Spend a summer on the shore of Lake Michigan, investigating the role that dynamic dune disturbance and successional processes play in the spatial metapopulation dynamics of Pitcher’s thistle, a federally threatened plant. This project will provide a basis for developing spatial population models that can indicate the present and future conditions for the species in the Great Lakes.

Photo of Bird Bands in a Variety of Sizes and Types
Date Published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Energy - Bakken
Date Published: March 8, 2018

Mining and Energy

Scientists are examining a number of issues to characterize potential effects of unconventional oil and gas development in the Bakken Shale within the Williston Basin, located in ND, SD and MT. Research is building upon current/ongoing studies to implement new, innovative research including water quality, water availability, ecological effects, proppant sand, and induced seismicity.

Attribution: Midwest
Flood Scientists - Drayton
Date Published: March 8, 2018

Flood Response

Floods are the leading cause of natural disaster losses, and Midwest Region scientists are ready to respond. Flood inundation maps tied to USGS real-time stream gage data and National Weather Service flood forecast sites enable state and local communities to make timely operational and public safety decisions during floods.

Groundwater gage in Indiana
Date Published: March 7, 2018
Status: Active

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Groundwater Networks

Groundwater level is monitored at numerous observation wells across Ohio,  Kentucky, and Indiana.  Data are collected...

Algae bloom on storm water retention pond in Madison County IN
Date Published: December 19, 2017
Status: Active

Using continuous water-quality measurements and discrete data to identify the drivers of HABs in lakes and tailwaters In Kentucky and Indiana

In September 2015, Kentucky Water Science Center scientists, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), began investigations on two Kentucky lakes and tailwaters. Continuous water quality is collected at both lake and tailwater sites and gage height is monitored at the tailwater sites.

 

Boy running on lawn under water sprinkler
Date Published: October 13, 2017
Status: Active

Water Use - Ohio Kentucky Indiana

The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture. On a broader scale, we research how humans interact with the hydrologic cycle throuugh water withdrawal, water delivery, consumptive use, return flows, wastewater reuse...

State map of Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana
Date Published: October 13, 2017
Status: Active

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Surface Water, Groundwater, Water-Quality Networks

The USGS has the principal responsibility within the federal government to provide the hydrologic information and understanding needed by others to achieve the best use and management of the nation’s water resources. Basic data are the key to solving many water-quantity or -quality problems. 

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana operate a large hydrologic network across the three states,...

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) in a stream
Date Published: July 13, 2017
Status: Active

Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasingly a global concern because HABs pose a threat to human and aquatic ecosystem health and cause economic damages. Toxins produced by some species of cyanobacteria (called cyanotoxins) can cause acute and chronic illnesses in humans and pets. Aquatic ecosystem health also is affected by cyanotox­ins, as well as low dissolved oxygen...

A flying insect on lakeshore grasses.
Date Published: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Collaboration Groups

One of the strongest ways to ensure that science is done effectively and efficiently in the midst of ever decreasing budgets is to collaborate.

Edge of Field Monitoring equipment, Black Creek Watershed
Date Published: June 28, 2017
Status: Active

Edge of Field Monitoring - Black Creek Watershed

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Water Science Center is monitoring the effects of best management practices (BMP's) on baseflow and storm runoff in the Black Creek watershed near Harlan, IN. We will be sampling water-quality intensively for 5 years from overland field, subsurface tile, and in-stream runoff events. Results will be used to model the effectiveness of BMP’s in reducing nutrient and...

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Real-time Data
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Current Conditions

Boulders in stream
September 27, 2017

Streamflow Conditions: Ohio || Kentucky || Indiana

Groundwater Conditions: Ohio || Kentucky || Indiana

Water-Quality Conditions: Ohio || Kentucky || Indiana

Lakes and Reservoirs: Ohio || Kentucky || Indiana

Climate: Ohio

Water
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National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

Application screenshot thumbnail
September 1, 2017

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Web Application
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National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

NWIS Mapper screenshot
August 30, 2017

The NWIS mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where current and historical surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Data Management Tools
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MODFLOW

Example visualization from MODFLOW model output
April 19, 2017

MODFLOW is the USGS's three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference groundwater model. MODFLOW is considered an international standard for simulating and predicting groundwater conditions and groundwater/surface-water interactions.

Data Management Tools
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SPARROW

SPARROW graphic
April 19, 2017

SPARROW (SPAtially-Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes), is watershed based and designed for use in predicting long-term average values of water characteristics, such as concentrations and amounts of selected constituents that are delivered to downstream receiving waters.

APIs
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StreamStats

Map of the states that have StreamStats availability
April 19, 2017

StreamStats is a Web application that incorporates a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for a variety of water-resources planning and management purposes, and for engineering and design purposes.

Data Management Tools
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USGS Water Services

Image of the USGS Water Services portal
March 31, 2017

This site serves USGS water data via automated means using web services and extensible markup language (XML) , as well as other popular media types. Services are invoked with the REST protocol. These services designed for high fault tolerance and very high availability.

Data Management Tools
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Water Now

Photo of person sending phone message
March 31, 2017

Send a text message to WaterNow@usgs.gov containing the USGS Site Number of the gage you want to query (optionally add parameter codes to customize your query). You will receive a response within a few minutes.

APIs
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WaterAlert

Water Alert map screenshot
March 31, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies.

GIS Data
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Structures Data

Structure datasets for the nation from The National Map
April 20, 2016

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations.

GIS Data
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Boundaries Data

Boundaries datasets for the nation from The National Map.
April 19, 2016

Boundaries data or governmental units represent major civil areas including states, counties, Federal, and Native American lands, and incorporated places such as cities and towns.

GIS Data
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Hydrography Data

Illustration related to the the river corridor
April 19, 2016

The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) are used to portray surface water on The National Map.

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Screenshot of the FishVis mapper
November 19, 2016

The FishVis Mapper is the product of an Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC project, “A Regional Decision Support Tool for Identifying Vulnerabilities of Riverine Habitat and Fishes to Climate Change” that developed an approach for predicting fish species occurrence under current climate conditions and project how fish species occurrence may change under future climate conditions.

map of the ground water sites in the Louisville aquifer
June 15, 2016

The alluvial aquifer at Louisville, Kentucky, lies in a valley eroded by glacial melt-water that was later partly filled with outwash sand and gravel deposits. To monitor the groundwater levels, twenty-eight existing wells were incorporated into an observation well network, which is measured quarterly. Hydrographs from the continuous recorder wells depict the trends in the groundwater levels.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

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Year Published: 2018

Flood-inundation maps for the Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for an approximately 4.8-mile reach of the Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana (Ind.) were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science web site at https://...

Kim, Moon H.
Kim, M.H., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for the Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5017, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185017.

Year Published: 2018

Flood-inundation maps for Cedar Creek at 18th Street at Auburn, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 1.9-mile reach of Cedar Creek at Auburn, Indiana (Ind.), from the First Street bridge, downstream to the streamgage at 18th Street, then ending approximately 1,100 feet (ft) downstream of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Department...

Fowler, Kathleen K.
Fowler, K.K., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for Cedar Creek at 18th Street at Auburn, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5156, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175156.

Year Published: 2018

Spatial patterns and temporal changes in atmospheric-mercury deposition for the midwestern USA, 2001–2016

Spatial patterns and temporal changes in atmospheric-mercury (Hg) deposition were examined in a five-state study area in the Midwestern USA where 32% of the stationary sources of anthropogenic Hg emissions in the continental USA were located. An extensive monitoring record for wet and dry Hg deposition was compiled for 2001–2016, including 4666...

Risch, Martin R.; Kenski, Donna M.
Risch, M.R. and Kenski, D.M., 2018, Spatial patterns and temporal changes in atmospheric-mercury deposition for the Midwestern USA, 2001-2016, Atmosphere 2018, 9, 29; doi:10.3390/atmos9010029

Year Published: 2018

Flood-inundation maps for the Patoka River in and near Jasper, southwestern Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 9.5-mile reach of the Patoka River in and near the city of Jasper, southwestern Indiana (Ind.), from the streamgage near County Road North 175 East, downstream to State Road 162, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation. The flood-inundation...

Fowler, Kathleen K.
Fowler, K.K., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for the Patoka River in and near Jasper, southwestern Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5138, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175138.

Year Published: 2018

Development of a hydraulic model and flood-inundation maps for the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois

A two-dimensional hydraulic model and digital flood‑inundation maps were developed for a 30-mile reach of the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Flood Inundation Mapping Science web site at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/...

Boldt, Justin A.
Boldt, J.A., 2018, Development of a hydraulic model and flood-inundation maps for the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5140, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175140.

Year Published: 2018

River meander modeling of the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois

Natural river channels continually evolve and change shape over time. As a result, channel evolution or migration can cause problems for bridge structures that are fixed in the flood plain. A once-stable bridge structure that was uninfluenced by a river’s shape could be encroached upon by a migrating river channel. The potential effect of the...

Lant, Jeremiah G.; Boldt, Justin A.
Lant, J.G., and Boldt, J.A., 2018, River meander modeling of the Wabash River near the Interstate 64 Bridge near Grayville, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5117, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175117.

Year Published: 2017

Flood-inundation maps for North Fork Salt Creek at Nashville, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 3.2-mile reach of North Fork Salt Creek at Nashville, Indiana, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science website at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/...

Martin, Zachary W.
Martin, Z.W., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for North Fork Salt Creek at Nashville, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5127, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175127.

Year Published: 2017

Vulnerable transportation and utility assets near actively migrating streams in Indiana

An investigation was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that found 1,132 transportation and utility assets in Indiana are vulnerable to fluvial erosion hazards due to close proximity to actively migrating streams. Locations of transportation assets (bridges, roadways, and...

Sperl, Benjamin J.
Sperl, B.J., 2017, Vulnerable transportation and utility assets near actively migrating streams in Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1068, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1068.

Year Published: 2017

Flood-inundation maps for the White River at Noblesville, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 7.5-mile reach of the White River at Noblesville, Indiana, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science website at https://water.usgs.gov/osw/...

Martin, Zachary W.
Martin, Z.W., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for the White River at Noblesville, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5123, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175123.

Year Published: 2017

Flood-inundation maps for the Wabash River at Memorial Bridge at Vincennes, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 10.2-mile reach of the Wabash River from Sevenmile Island to 3.7 mile downstream of Memorial Bridge (officially known as Lincoln Memorial Bridge) at Vincennes, Indiana, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The inundation maps,...

Fowler, Kathleen K.; Menke, Chad D.
Fowler, K.K., and Menke, C.D., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for the Wabash River at Memorial Bridge at Vincennes, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5073, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175073.

Year Published: 2017

Atmospheric deposition to forests in the eastern USA

Atmospheric mercury (Hg) deposition to forests is important because half of the land cover in the eastern USA is forest. Mercury was measured in autumn litterfall and weekly precipitation samples at a total of 27 National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) monitoring sites in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forests in 16 states in the...

Risch, Martin R.; DeWild, John F.; Gay, David A.; Zhang, Leiming; Boyer, Elizabeth W.; Krabbenhoft, David P.
Risch, M.R., DeWild, J.F., Gay, D.A., Zhang, L., Boyer, E.W., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2017. Atmospheric deposition to forests in the eastern USA. Environmental Pollution, v. 228, p. 8-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.05.004

Year Published: 2017

Flood-inundation maps for the Big Blue River at Shelbyville, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 4.1-mile reach of the Big Blue River at Shelbyville, Indiana, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The floodinundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science Web site at https://water. usgs....

Fowler, Kathleen K.
Fowler, K.K., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for the Big Blue River at Shelbyville, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5166, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165166.

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Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana
December 31, 2018

Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana

Front cover for the publication titled "Geochemistry and microbiology of groundwater and solids from extraction and monitoring wells and their relation to well efficiency at a Federally operated confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana"

Thank You Notes From Third Grade Students
November 28, 2018

Thank You Notes From Third Grade Students

Some of the Thank You notes received by Kasia Kelly after visiting with a third grade class on November 8, 2018.

Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

Biologist Murulee Byappanahalli with students at the Chesterton lab
September 24, 2018

Biologist Murulee Byappanahalli with students at the Chesterton lab

Murulee Byappanahalli GLSC; Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station; LMERS; Chesterton, Indiana, IN; students from Indiana University Northwest visit to learn about microbiology science and applications; outreach; 

June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

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June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle (Audio-Described)

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

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Indiana River
April 16, 2018

Scientist at Indiana River

Scientist at Indiana River collecting samples

Tanja Williamson and Shawn Meyer - UAS
April 16, 2018

Tanja Williamson and Shawn Meyer - UAS

Tanja Williamson and Shawn Meyer - UAS

USGS owned Unmanned Aircraft System
December 31, 2017

USGS owned Unmanned Aircraft System

Photograph of USGS Kentucky WSC unmanned aircraft system.

Flood measurement at White River near Edwardsport, IN
December 31, 2017

Flood measurement at White River near Edwardsport, IN

Flood measurement at White River near Edwardsport, IN

East Fork Whitewater River gage
December 31, 2017

East Fork Whitewater River gage

East Fork Whitewater River gage

Stream sampling in the School Branch watershed
April 11, 2017

Stream sampling in the School Branch watershed

Stream sampling in the School Branch watershed

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Thank You Notes From Third Grade Students
November 29, 2018

Kasia Kelly (GLSC, Chesterton, Indiana) gave a presentation on aquatic invasive species of the Great Lakes region for first and third grade students from Discovery Charter School in Porter, Indiana, on November 8, 2018. 

Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station
October 29, 2018

Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District received a District Showcase Award as an outstanding district in Indiana.

Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station
October 9, 2018

Students from Indiana University Northwest visited the Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station (GLSC, Chesterton, Indiana).

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Newsletter Logo
March 12, 2018

Thanks for viewing this first version of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Newsletter. I use this format a few times a year to highlight U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) activities and water-related science going on at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center (OKI WSC). 

 

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, which includes parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

Lake Michigan at Sunset
August 16, 2017

Invasive mussels and less nutrients from tributaries have altered the Lake Michigan ecosystem making it more conducive to the stocking of lake trout and steelhead than Chinook salmon, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan State University study.

Biology sampling in Indiana stream
July 12, 2017

Highlights of the USGS activities and water-related science going on at the Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center and some of our amazing scientists that work for the USGS. 

Jumping Silver Carp
April 26, 2017

If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Michigan, there would be enough food available for these particular species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

River with blue reflection, in late summer, leaves just starting to turn from green to gold.
March 2, 2017

Human and bovine, or cattle, viruses were detected in a small percentage of some Great Lakes Basin streams, with human viruses more prevalent in urban streams and bovine viruses more common in streams in agricultural areas, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study.

INKY WSC Newsletter Winter Logo
January 13, 2017

Welcome to the “Winter 2016” version of the IN-KY Newsletter. I use this format two to four times a year to highlight USGS activities and water-related science going on at the Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center. I also take advantage of this opportunity to highlight some of our amazing scientists that work for the USGS.

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