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Within the OKI WSC are subject-matter experts, research scientists and laboratories, and personnel with expertise in diverse fields. To this excellence-based USGS philosophy, OKI WSC scientists bring expertise in mathematical modeling of water, advanced computer programming, groundwater and surface-water research, biologic and ecosystems science, soil science, water-quality analysis, and more.

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Date published: July 7, 2021

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Hall Structures in IN

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Date published: July 1, 2021

FINISHED!! TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for City / Town Halls in IN

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Date published: June 23, 2021

Mapping Challenge Update (06/23/21): City / Town Halls in IN

This challenge is SO CLOSE to being finished!

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Date published: August 28, 2020
Status: Active

Vermillion River near Vermillion OH

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Date published: August 20, 2020
Status: Active

East Fork Whitewater River at Richmond IN

A Super Gage is a conventional streamflow gage equipped with continuous water-quality monitors. Super gages provide real-time data specifically designed to improved our understanding of watershed processes and to address specific water-resource issues such as climate and land-use effects, water-related human health issues, floods and droughts, or hazardous substance spills. Our ability to...

Contacts: Jeffrey Woods
Date published: July 24, 2020
Status: Active

LCMAP Change Stories: Crops Give Way to Concrete

Less than 15 miles separate the city of Plainfield from the nearby metropolis of Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana and the state’s largest urban center.

Date published: July 23, 2020
Status: Active

Kankakee River at Shelby Indiana

A Super Gage is a conventional streamflow gage equipped with continuous water-quality monitors. Super gages provide real-time data specifically designed to improved our understanding of watershed processes and to address specific water-resource issues such as climate and land-use effects, water-related human health issues, floods and droughts, or hazardous substance spills. Our ability to...

Contacts: Jeffrey Woods
Date published: June 4, 2020
Status: Active

Geophysical Mapping of Geologic Systems Host to Critical Mineral Deposits, Southern Midcontinent, US

The objective of this project is to use high-resolution state-of-the-art airborne and regional ground geophysical methods to map an underexplored region of the southern Midcontinent that is important to economic and critical mineral deposits.

Date published: March 25, 2020
Status: Active

Agriculture Best Management Practices: Quantification of In-Stream Phosphorus and Sediment Storage and Transport - Linking Land Use and Landscape Best Management Practices with Downstream Transport in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Priority Watersheds

As part of a coordinated effort with University of Minnesota (UMN) and US Forest Service (USFS), USGS will conduct sediment and phosphorus source tracking in two agricultural watersheds -- specifically corn and soybean production -- of Black Creek and Plum Creek, tributaries to the Maumee and Fox Rivers, respectively.

Date published: February 18, 2020
Status: Active

Yellow River near Oak Grove, IN

"Super" gages provide real-time, continuous water-quality information for rivers and streams at selected Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages. By combining discrete and continuous data in statistical models, USGS scientists can continuously estimate constituents that are difficult to measure in real-time. For example, in-stream turbidity sensors are often used...

Date published: February 11, 2020
Status: Active

Yellow River at Knox, IN

"Super" gages provide real-time, continuous water-quality information for rivers and streams at selected Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages. By combining discrete and continuous data in statistical models, USGS scientists can continuously estimate constituents that are difficult to measure in real-time. For example, in-stream turbidity sensors are often used...

Contacts: Jeffrey Woods
Date published: February 10, 2020
Status: Active

Indiana Harbor Canal at East Chicago, IN

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Date published: July 15, 2019
Status: Active

Wabash River at New Harmony, IN

A Super Gage is a conventional streamflow gage equipped with continuous water-quality monitors. Super gages provide real-time data specifically designed to improved our understanding of watershed processes and to address specific water-resource issues such as climate and land-use effects, water-related human health issues, floods and droughts, or hazardous substance spills. Our ability to...

Date published: June 26, 2019
Status: Active

Information by Region - Indiana

  

Date published: June 5, 2019
Status: Active

White River at Hazelton, IN

A Super Gage is a conventional streamflow gage equipped with continuous water-quality monitors. Super gages provide real-time data specifically designed to improved our understanding of watershed processes and to address specific water-resource issues such as climate and land-use effects, water-related human health issues, floods and droughts, or hazardous substance spills. Our ability to...

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Date published: June 22, 2021

WaterAlert

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.

Date published: June 2, 2020

Airborne magnetic and radiometric survey, southeastern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southern Indiana, 2019

This publication provides digital flight line data for a high-resolution magnetic and radiometric survey over an area of southeast Illinois, western Kentucky, and southern Indiana. The survey includes airborne geophysical data collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resource Initiative (Earth MRI) effort (Day, 2019). Earth MRI is a cooperative effort

Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Date published: July 12, 2019

Crustal Architecture Beneath the Southern Midcontinent (USA) -- Data Grids and 3D Geophysical Models

Regional grid files and 3D voxel models were used to study crustal architecture beneath the Southern Midcontinent (USA) by McCafferty and others (2019). The study covered a rectangular, multi-state area of 924 by 924 kilometers centered on Missouri, and a corresponding volume extending from the topographic surface to a depth of 50 kilometers below sea level. The grid files consist of

Date published: November 30, 2018

Downloadable Data for Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: August 28, 2018

USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

Date published: September 27, 2017

Current Conditions

Streamflow Conditions: Ohio || Kentucky || Indiana

Groundwater Conditions:...

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

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.

Date published: April 19, 2017

MODFLOW

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.

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Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) watersheds of Ohio and Indiana showing the USGS monitoring stations
March 22, 2019

Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) projects map depicts the sites and watersheds, as well as the data for each site through the interactive map.

USGS Streamflow and water-quality data including nutrient and sediment concentrations and daily, monthly, and annual loads are available on NWISWeb.

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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Causal factors for pesticide trends in streams of the United States: Atrazine and deethylatrazine

Pesticides are important for agriculture in the United States, and atrazine is one of the most widely used and widely detected pesticides in surface water. A better understanding of the mechanisms by which atrazine and its degradation product, deethylatrazine, increase and decrease in surface waters can help inform future decisions for water-...

Ryberg, Karen R.; Stone, Wesley W.; Baker, Nancy T.

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Comparison of groundwater-model construction methods, representations of glacial geology, model designs, and groundwater-model flow simulations within Elkhart County, Indiana

Automated data-processing methods allow hydrologists to efficiently incorporate digital well-record datasets into the construction of hydrostratigraphic frameworks for groundwater-flow models. The method selected to construct the hydrostratigraphic framework can affect the extent of geologic heterogeneity that can be included in the model. The...

Arihood, Leslie D.; Lampe, David C.; Bayless, E. Randall ; Brown, Steven E.
Arihood, L.D., Lampe, D.C., Bayless, E.R., and Brown, S.E., 2019, Comparison of groundwater-model construction methods, representations of glacial geology, model designs, and groundwater-model flow simulations within Elkhart County, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5088, 44 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195088.

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Estimating potential wetland extent along selected river reaches in Indiana using streamflow statistics and flood-inundation mapping techniques

In this study potential wetland extents were estimated for 12 river reaches covering about 750 river miles in Indiana and parts of Illinois and Ohio. The study was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. This study follows and adds to the work completed...

Fowler, Kathleen K.; Sperl, Benjamin J.; Kim, Moon H.
Fowler, K.K., Sperl, B.J., and Kim, M.H., 2019, Estimating potential wetland extent along selected river reaches in Indiana using streamflow statistics and flood-inundation mapping techniques: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5063, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195063.

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Development of a flood-inundation map library and precipitation-runoff modeling for the Clear Fork Mohican River in and near Bellville, Ohio

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, led hydrologic and hydraulic analyses within the Clear Fork Mohican River Basin in and near Bellville, Ohio. The analyses included the development of digital flood-inundation maps for an approximately 2.5-mile reach of the Clear Fork Mohican River...

Ostheimer, Chad J.; Huitger, Carrie A.
Ostheimer, C.J., and Huitger, C.A., 2019, Development of a flood-inundation map library and precipitation-runoff modeling for the Clear Fork Mohican River in and near Bellville, Ohio: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5017, 34 p., including 1 appendix, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195017.

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Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of selected streams in Richland County, Ohio

Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses were done for selected reaches of Clear Fork Mohican River and Cedar Fork in Richland County, Ohio. To update and expand a portion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency detailed Flood Insurance Study, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District initiated a cooperative...

Ostheimer, Chad J.
Ostheimer, C.J., 2019, Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of selected streams in Richland County, Ohio: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5011, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195011.

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Regression models for estimating sediment and nutrient concentrations and loads at the Kankakee River, Shelby, Indiana, December 2015 through May 2018

The Kankakee River in northern Indiana flows through the area once known as the Grand Marsh. Beginning in the 1860s, anthropogenic changes to the river within Indiana resulted in downstream flooding and additional transport of sediment and nutrients. In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Environmental...

Lathrop, Timothy R.; Bunch, Aubrey R.; Downhour, Myles S.
Lathrop, T.R., Bunch, A.R., and Downhour, M.S., 2019, Regression models for estimating sediment and nutrient concentrations and loads at the Kankakee River, Shelby, Indiana, December 2015 through May 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigation Report 2019–5005, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195005.

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Delineation of tile-drain networks using thermal and multispectral imagery—Implications for water quantity and quality differences from paired edge-of-field sites

As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, paired edge-of-field sites were established in high priority subwatersheds to assess the effectiveness of agricultural management practices. One pairing was in Black Creek, a tributary to the Maumee River and Lake Erie. These fields were paired because of similarity in soils, topography, and...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Dobrowolski, Edward G.; Meyer, Shawn M.; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Allred, Barry J.

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Mixed-chemical exposure and predicted effects potential in wadeable southeastern USA streams

Complex chemical mixtures have been widely reported in larger streams but relatively little work has been done to characterize them and assess their potential effects in headwaterstreams. In 2014, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) sampled 54 Piedmont streams over ten weeks and measured 475 unique organic compounds...

Bradley, Paul M.; Journey, Celeste A.; Berninger, Jason P.; Button, Daniel T.; Clark, Jimmy M.; Corsi, Steven R.; DeCicco, Laura A.; Hopkins, Kristina G.; Huffman, Bradley J.; Nakagaki, Naomi; Norman, Julia E.; Nowell, Lisa H.; Qi, Sharon L.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Waite, Ian R.

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Water-quality trends in U.S. rivers, 2002 to 2012: Relations to levels of concern

Effective management and protection of water resources relies upon understanding how water-quality conditions are changing over time. Water-quality trends for ammonia, chloride, nitrate, sulfate, total dissolved solids (TDS), total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) were assessed at 762 sites located in the conterminous United...

Shoda, Megan E.; Sprague, Lori A.; Murphy, Jennifer C.; Riskin, Melissa L.
Shoda, M.E., Sprague, L.A., Murphy, J.C., and Riskin, M.L., 2018, Water-quality trends in U.S. rivers, 2002 to 2012: Relations to levels of concern. Science of the Total Environment 650 (2019), p. 2314-2324. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.377

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Flood-inundation maps for the Salamonie River at Portland, Indiana

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 6.5-mile reach of the Salamonie River at Portland, 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/...

Strauch, Kellan R.
Strauch, K.R., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for the Salamonie River at Portland, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5132, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185132.

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water-use websites

Explore U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water-use websites to learn how and where the Nation's water use has changed over time!  Learn how to find and access USGS water-use data shown in maps, graphs, visualizations, and information products. Gain a better understanding of water-use terms and USGS educational resources. Learn how...

Shaffer, Kimberly; Rowland, Kathleen M.; Sargent, B. Pierre
Shaffer, K., Sargent, B.P., and Rowland, K.M., 2018, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water-use websites: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3044, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183044.

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Baseline water quality of an area undergoing shale-gas development in the Muskingum River watershed, Ohio, 2015–16

In 2015–16, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, led a study to assess baseline (2015–16) surface-water quality in six lake drainage basins within the Muskingum River watershed that are in the early years of shale-gas development. In 2015, 9 of the 10 most active counties in Ohio for oil and...

Covert, S. Alex.; Jagucki, Martha L.; Huitger, Carrie A.
Covert, S.A., Jagucki, M.L., and Huitger, C., 2018, Baseline water quality of an area undergoing shale-gas development in the Muskingum River watershed, Ohio, 2015–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5113, 129 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185113.

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Counting and Measuring Invasive Dreissenid Mussels
July 16, 2020

Counting and Measuring Invasive Dreissenid Mussels

USGS contractor Victoria Conn counting and measuring invasive dreissenid mussels in a laboratory at the GLSC Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station (Chesterton, Indiana) as part of the Great Lakes Integrated Cladophora Assessment Project.

Photo of Sugar Creek
June 29, 2020

Sugar Creek, near New Palestine, Indiana

Sugar Creek, near New Palestine, Indiana. Sugar Creek is part of a long-term USGS stream monitoring project, and was one of 72 U.S. streams and rivers investigated for pesticide occurrence. On average, 26 pesticides were detected in samples collected from Sugar Creek during 2013–17; 16 of the 122 samples collected at this site had a Pesticide Toxicity Index score that

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Phytoplankton under a microscope
April 9, 2020

Phytoplankton under a microscope

Phytoplankton, including diatoms, viewed under a microscope. Phytoplankton occupy the lower levels of the food web.

Map of the super gage site locations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana
February 14, 2020

Map of the super gage site locations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Map of the super gage site locations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

White River in Downtown Indianapolis, IN
December 11, 2019

White River in Downtown Indianapolis, IN

Photograph showing the White River downstream from the White River Trail bridge, looking east toward White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Photograph by Matt Williams, The Nature Conservancy.

Kentucky River at Lock 2 at Lockport KY - walkway across the dam
June 4, 2019

Kentucky River at Lock 2 at Lockport KY - walkway across the dam

Kentucky River at Lock 2 at Lockport KY - walkway across the dam

Kentucky River at Lock 2 at Lockport KY - gage house
June 4, 2019

Kentucky River at Lock 2 at Lockport KY - gage house

Kentucky River at Lock 2 at Lockport KY - gage house

Kankakee River at Davis, IN - side view of gage on bridge
June 4, 2019

Kankakee River at Davis, IN - side view of gage on bridge

Kankakee River at Davis, IN - side view of gage on bridge

Yellow Creek near Oak Grove, IN - view from left bank
June 4, 2019

Yellow Creek near Oak Grove, IN - view from left bank

Yellow Creek near Oak Grove, IN - view from left bank of site

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THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of City/Town Halls in IN
July 7, 2021

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IN FINISHED
July 1, 2021

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IN
June 23, 2021

This challenge is SO CLOSE to being finished!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IN
June 17, 2021

This challenge is almost finished! Approximately 70 edits came in since last week, a majority of which were new points - NICE WORK!  See our spatial analyses for tips on which communities may still remain. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IN
June 10, 2021

Contributions towards this challenge remain strong with another 70 edits since last week!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IN
June 3, 2021

Volunteers are jumping in feet first with approximately 90 edits since this challenge was launched last week. This includes the addition of almost 30 new points - NICE WORK!  

Johanna Nifosi in a Prairie
June 1, 2021

Reaching Out To An Underrepresented Group In The STEM Community

National Geographic photographer at HBBS
April 26, 2021

During the 2020 field season, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) scientists from across the basin took photos of their research and the unique sites they encountered while in the field. Though the fieldwork season was limited in 2020, below is a sampling of standout photos from our scientists. 

If you would like to use any of the photos, visit the GLSC multimedia gallery.

THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of Schools in OH, MI, IN
November 17, 2020

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN FINISHED
November 5, 2020

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
October 29, 2020

CALLING ALL PEER REVIEWERS!  This challenge is getting closer and closer to completion. Volunteers contributed over 500 edits to this challenge since last week - thank you! There are still several green points that need to be reviewed, making this an excellent challenge for Peer Reviewers!

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