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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The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture.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.

Supergage at Ohio River at Olmsted, IL
Date Published: May 13, 2017
Status: Active

Super Gages

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...

Screenshot of the Indiana streamstats web site
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Low-Flow Statistics for Indiana Streams

Indiana and Kentucky scientists have produced new low-flow statistics for Indiana streams, specifically for 7-day, 10-year low flow (7Q10); 30-day, 10-year low flow (30Q10); 1-day, 10-year low flow (1Q10); and harmonic mean streamflow. The low-flow statistics are critical for the state of Indiana to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program,...

Image: Bighead Carp
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Invasive Carp

Adult bighead, silver, and hybrid carp are invavsive species of fish that spread quickly once they are established in a water body. These carp damage habitat and reduce water-quality for native fish. Invasive carp have been confirmed within the Wabash River basin for at least 15 years. Scientists and natural resource managers are extremely concerned about the carp migrating to the Great Lakes...

IN-KY scientists on a boat electrofishing
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Ecological Monitoring

Scientists research biology, botany, microbiology, habitat, climate, water quality, and other fields to achieve a comprehensive view of ecosystems and their health. Ecosystems can be easily stressed by human activities, climate change, sediment, nutrients, contaminants, and many other variables. Ecosystem monitoring is critical to ecosystem health and answers important questions about the...

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Soybean field near Massac Creek, Kentucky
Date Published: March 23, 2017
Status: Active

Pesticides

About 1 billion pounds of conventional pesticides are used each year in the United States to control weeds, insects, and other pests. The use of pesticides has resulted in a range of benefits, including increased food production and reduction of insect-borne disease, but also raises questions about possible adverse effects on the environment, including water quality. The...

Cloudy sky
Date Published: March 23, 2017
Status: Active

Investigations and Monitoring of Mercury in Indiana

Starting in 2000, the U.S. Geological Survey partnered with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, and the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium to investigate and monitor mercury in the environment in Indiana. This web page provides a list of publications and links to statewide studies of mercury in Indiana and regional mercury...

Contacts: Martin R Risch
Window to falls
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Status: Active

Biological Response to Nutrients

Eutrophication, or excess nutrients in streams, is typically one of the top reasons that a stream is listed as impaired on the 303(d) list as part of the Clean Water Act. 

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
A feral hog is in a trap in southeastern U.S. awaiting immobilization and GPS collar.
Date Published: March 3, 2017
Status: Active

Seasonal Movement of Wild Hogs in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The wild hog (Sus scrofa) is an exotic invasive species that significantly impacts native resources and their populations are expanding significantly throughout the United States.  In addition, wild hogs are likely contributing to the spread of disease such as pseudorabies. National Park Service units in the Southeast that have populations of exotic wild hogs include Big South Fork National...

Contacts: Joseph Clark
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
April 19, 2016

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and Fall.

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

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), 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.

Orthoimagery of Augusta Ga
April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Small Scale Collection USA
April 12, 2016

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Screen shot of data points overlayed on a U.S. map zoomed in to the Tennessee and Kentucky border
January 21, 2016

 Information contained within this dataset represents values of basin characteristics (see Table II in Knight and others, 2012), estimates of streamflow characteristics, measures of individual and cumulative departure of streamflow characteristics from reference hydrologic conditions, and fish species richness for 138 sites in the study area. 

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Chemical and isotopic characteristics of methane in groundwater of Ohio, 2016

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Ohio Water Development Authority, investigated the hydrogeologic setting, chemical and isotopic characteristics, and origin of methane in groundwater of Ohio. Understanding the occurrence and distribution of methane in groundwater is important in terms of public safety because methane in...

Thomas, Mary Ann
Thomas, M.A., 2018, Chemical and isotopic characteristics of methane in groundwater of Ohio, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5097, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185097.

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Hydrologic performance of retrofit rain gardens in a residential neighborhood (Cleveland Ohio USA) with a focus on monitoring methods

Green infrastructure refers to a range of urban stormwater management tools that can be flexibly implemented. These practices can aid in mitigating the negative impacts of runoff by increasing catchment detention capacity. We studied two engineered rain gardens (Cleveland OH) that were designed to infiltrate and detain direct runoff volume...

Shuster, William D.; Darner, Robert A.

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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

In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, the U.S. Geological Survey investigated the processes affecting water quality, geochemistry, and microbiology in representative extraction and monitoring wells at a confined disposal facility (CDF) in East Chicago, Indiana. The CDF is a 140-acre Federally-managed facility that...

Bayless, E. Randall; Cole, Travis R.; Lampe, David C.; Travis, Rebecca E.; Schulz, Marjorie S.; Buszka, Paul M.
Bayless, E.R., Cole, T.R., Lampe, D.C., Travis, R.E., Schulz, M.S, and Buszka, P.M., 2018, 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: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5073, 134 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185073.

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Agriculture — A river runs through it — The connections between agriculture and water quality

Sustaining the quality of the Nation’s water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies. Effective management of water resources also brings more certainty and efficiency to important economic sectors. Taken together,...

Capel, Paul D.; McCarthy, Kathleen A.; Coupe, Richard H.; Grey, Katia M.; Amenumey, Sheila E.; Baker, Nancy T.; Johnson, Richard L.
Capel, P.D., McCarthy, K.A., Coupe, R.H., Grey, K.M., Amenumey, S.E., Baker, N.T., and Johnson, R.L., 2018, Agriculture — A River runs through it — The connections between agriculture and water quality: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1433, 201 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1433.

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Relative importance of water-quality stressors in predicting fish community responses in midwestern streams

Fish, habitat, and water chemistry data were collected from 98 streams in the midwestern United States, an area dominated by intense cultivation of row crops, in order to identify important water‐quality stressors to fish communities. We focused on 10 stressors including riparian disturbance, riparian vegetative cover, instream fish cover,...

Meador, Michael R.; Frey, Jeffrey W.
Meador, Michael R. and Jeffrey W. Frey, 2018. Relative Importance of Water-Quality Stressors in Predicting Fish Community Responses in Midwestern Streams. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 54(3): 708–723

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Quality-control design for surface-water sampling in the National Water-Quality Network

The data-quality objectives for samples collected at surface-water sites in the National Water-Quality Network include estimating the extent to which contamination, matrix effects, and measurement variability affect interpretation of environmental conditions. Quality-control samples provide insight into how well the samples collected at surface-...

Riskin, Melissa L.; Reutter, David C.; Martin, Jeffrey D.; Mueller, David K.
Riskin, M.L., Reutter, D.C., Martin, J.D., and Mueller, D.K., 2018, Quality-control design for surface-water sampling in the National Water-Quality Network: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1018, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181018.

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Winter swarming behavior by the exotic cladoceran Daphnia lumholtzi Sars, 1885 in a Kentucky (USA) reservoir

We describe swarming behavior in the invasive cladoceran Daphnia lumholtzi Sars, 1885 in a Kentucky, USA, reservoir during winter 2017. The taxon is a highly successful tropical invader and has spread throughout the lower latitude systems in the USA since its discovery in 1991. Other than a few isolated reports, the abundance of D. lumholtzi is...

Beaver, John R.; Renicker, Thomas R.; Tausz, Claudia E.; Young, Jade L.; Thomason, Jennifer C.; Wolf, Zachary L.; Russell, Amber L.; Cherry, Mac A.; Scotese, Kyle C.; Koenig, Dawn T.

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Complex mixtures of dissolved pesticides show potential aquatic toxicity in a synoptic study of Midwestern U.S. streams

Aquatic organisms in streams are exposed to pesticide mixtures that vary in composition over time in response to changes in flow conditions, pesticide inputs to the stream, and pesticide fate and degradation within the stream. To characterize mixtures of dissolved-phase pesticides and degradates in Midwestern streams, a synoptic study was...

Nowell, Lisa H.; Moran, Patrick W.; Schmidt, Travis S.; Norman, Julia E.; Nakagaki, Naomi; Shoda, Megan E.; Mahler, Barbara J.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Stone, Wesley W.; Sandstrom, Mark W.; Hladik, Michelle L.
Nowell, Lisa H., Moran, Patrick W., Schmidt, Travis S., Norman, Julia E., Nakagaki, Naomi, Shoda, Megan E., Mahler, Barbara J., Van Metre, Peter C., Stone, Wesley W., Sandstrom, Mark W., Hladik, Michelle L., 2018. Complex mixtures of dissolved pesticides show potential aquatic toxicity in a synoptic study of Midwestern U.S. streams. Science of the Total Environment, v. 613-614, p. 1469-1488, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.156. [First online 9 August 2017]

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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.

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Multiple-source tracking: Investigating sources of pathogens, nutrients, and sediment in the Upper Little River Basin, Kentucky, water years 2013–14

The South Fork Little River (SFLR) and the North Fork Little River (NFLR) are two major headwater tributaries that flow into the Little River just south of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Both tributaries are included in those water bodies in Kentucky and across the Nation that have been reported with declining water quality. Each tributary has been...

Crain, Angela S.; Cherry, Mac A.; Williamson, Tanja N.; Bunch, Aubrey R.
Crain, A.S., Cherry, M.A., Williamson, T.N., and Bunch, A.R., 2017, Multiple-source tracking—Investigating sources of pathogens, nutrients, and sediment in the Upper Little River Basin, Kentucky, water years 2013–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5086, 60 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175086.

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Water quality and natural resources in the Green River Basin

No abstract available.

Lee, Brad D.; Williamson, Tanja N.; Crain, Angela S.
Lee, B.D., Williamson, T.N., and Crain, A.S., 2017, Water quality and natural resources in the Green River Basin, in Lee, B.D., Carey, D.I., and Jones, A.L., eds., Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation: University Press of Kentucky, p. 133-150.

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St. Louis area earthquake hazards mapping project; seismic and liquefaction hazard maps

We present probabilistic and deterministic seismic and liquefaction hazard maps for the densely populated St. Louis metropolitan area that account for the expected effects of surficial geology on earthquake ground shaking. Hazard calculations were based on a map grid of 0.005°, or about every 500 m, and are thus higher in resolution than any...

Cramer, Chris H.; Bauer, Robert A.; Chung, Jae-won; Rogers, David; Pierce, Larry; Voigt, Vicki; Mitchell, Brad; Gaunt, David; Williams, Robert; Hoffman, David; Hempen, Gregory L.; Steckel, Phyllis; Boyd, Oliver S.; Watkins, Connor M.; Tucker, Kathleen; McCallister, Natasha
Cramer C.H., Bauer R.A., Chung J.-W., Rogers J.D., Pierce L., Voigt V., Mitchell B., Gaunt D., Williams R.A., Hoffman D., Hempen G.L., Steckel P.J., Boyd O.S., Watkins C.M., Tucker K., McCallister N.S. St. Louis area earthquake hazards mapping project; seismic and liquefaction hazard maps Seismological Research Letters, January, 2017, Vol. 88, Issue 1, pp. 206-223

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Pete Cinotto - 2019 Cooperator Meeting - USGS in Kentucky History
April 18, 2019

Pete Cinotto - 2019 Cooperator Meeting - USGS in Kentucky History

Pete Cinotto - 2019 Cooperator Meeting - USGS in Kentucky History

Dave Lampe - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Dave Lampe - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Dave Lampe - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Dave gave a demonsration on how to measure groundwater levels.

Neal Craig - Flood measurements using old and new technology
April 18, 2019

Neal Craig - Flood measurements using old and new technology

Neal Craig - Flood measurements using old and new technology

Justin Boldt and Pete Cinotto - OKI Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Justin Boldt and Pete Cinotto - OKI Cooperator Meeting

Justin Boldt and Pete Cinotto - OKI Cooperator Meeting

Justin Boldt - Wabash River RVRMeander Model
April 18, 2019

Justin Boldt - Wabash River RVRMeander Model

Justin Boldt - Wabash River RVRMeander Model

Justin Boldt - OKI Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Justin Boldt - OKI Cooperator Meeting

Justin Boldt - OKI Cooperator Meeting. Justin's presentation was titled "Wabash RIver RVRMeander Model: USGS Science helping create safer, more sustainable infrastructure.

Pete Cinotto - Welcome and Introductions at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Pete Cinotto - Welcome and Introductions at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Mt

Pete Cinotto - Welcome and Introductions at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Over a century of science in Kentucky and looking toward the future for the OKI WSC.

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Chris gave a 

Neal Craig - Technology Demonstration at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Neal Craig - Technology Demonstration at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeti

Neal Craig - Technology Demonstration at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Chris gave a presentation titled "OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory: Capabilities and Current Studies".

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory
April 18, 2019

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory. Chris gave a presentation at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting titled "OKI Water Micorbiology Laboratory: Capabilities and current studies: Learn about the latest technology and science being employed by the OKI WSC. Chris also gave a hand-on demonstration titled "Learn about qPCR and more from the OKI WSC's microbiology lab

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Indiana-Kentucky State Outline
October 11, 2016

The Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center Hosted its annual cooperator/scientific workshop on October 5 for our Indiana Cooperators and Partners, and October 6 for the Kentucky Cooperators and Partners. 

Josip Adams holding controller with Shawn Meyer and Daniel Westrich
September 8, 2016

Scientists were at work Wednesday afternoon at the city’s reforest- ed area north of the Wabash River near the White Bridge, and they were using a new tool in their quest for knowledge: A drone.

 

Catawba rhododendron blooming at Round Bald, NC
August 11, 2016

“From the mountains to the coast, the southeastern U.S. contains ecosystems that harbor incredible biodiversity. Many of those ecosystems are already highly at risk from urbanization and other human land-use change. Identifying the ecosystems at risk from climate change will help inform conservation and management to ensure we don’t lose that biodiversity.” (Jennifer Constanza, report author)

USGS
August 8, 2016

Welcome to the fourth installment or the “Spring-Summer 2016” version of the IN-KY Newsletter. 

Flowing groundwater site in Indiana
August 3, 2016

The video documents a U.S. Geological Survey technical procedure for groundwater well redevelopment using the air lift method.

Updated 2016 version of the Louisville West quadrangle with the orthoimage layer turned on. The legendary Churchill Downs Race T
May 25, 2016

Updated US Topo maps for Kentucky available for free download; add Census Bureau road data, wetlands layer and select trails.

Image: USGS Measures Historic Flooding Across the Nation
January 4, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams in 12 states across the country. USGS is making preparations for a prolonged field effort along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as major flooding will extend well into mid-to-late January, particularly along the lower Mississippi River.

USGS
December 1, 2015

A newly published, three-volume “Remote Sensing Handbook” is a comprehensive coverage of all remote sensing topics written by over 300 leading global experts.

Graph: Peak ground-motion variability for a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
July 30, 2015

Computer simulations of earthquake shaking, replicating the quakes that occurred in 1811-1812 in the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ), indicate that future large earthquakes there would produce major, prolonged ground shaking.

USGS
June 29, 2015

Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

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