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Date published: October 21, 2019

Low-Level Flights to Image 3D Geology in Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana

Editor: In the public interest and in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Date published: October 3, 2019

USGS Estimates 214 trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas in Appalachian Basin Formations

The Marcellus Shale and Point Pleasant-Utica Shale formations of the Appalachian Basin contain an estimated mean of 214 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable continuous resources of natural gas, according to new USGS assessments.

Date published: May 1, 2019

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana 2019 Cooperator Meeting

The USGS Kentucky office hosted their third annual cooperator meeting on April 18, 2019 and the Indiana office hosted their second cooperator meeting on April 23, 2019.  OKI Staff gave presentations and technolgy demonstrations for an audience of local, state, and federal cooperators and USGS staff.

The USGS Ohio office will host their first cooperator meeting in 2020.

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Date Published: June 26, 2019
Status: Active

Information by Region-Kentucky

  

Team of scientists stand in front of outcrop
Date Published: June 4, 2019
Status: Active

Appalachian Basin Geologic Mapping Project

The Appalachian Basin Geologic Mapping Project performs geologic mapping at local and regional scales, and geologic research in The Valley and Ridge and Appalachian Plateaus physiographic provinces. These provinces include parts of 11 states and mainly borders the Blue Ridge / Piedmont and North Interior Lowlands Provinces. Two states have Valley and Ridge geology only (GA, NJ), two have...

Application to explore US Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: April 19, 2019
Status: Active

United States Assessments of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources

USGS Energy Resources Program provides periodic assessments of the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States and the World (click here for information about World Oil and Gas Assessments).  This website provides access to new, prioritized, assessment results and supporting data for the United States, as part...

WY2015 cumulative streamflow graph for Elkhorn Creek near Frankfort KY
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2015 Central Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the Summer 2015 Central Floods that occured when heavy rains caused flooding in four states in the central U.S.

Province 5066 Cincinnati Arch, National Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Cincinnati Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Cincinnati Arch Province (5066) :

 

Province 5064, Illinois Basin, Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: November 30, 2018
Status: Active

Illinois Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the  Illinois Basin Province 5064:

Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments Map
Date Published: July 19, 2018
Status: Active

Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted numerous assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin, including studies of the Marcellus Shale. The region extends from Alabama to Maine. The following is an overview of the assessments:

  • 2019 Ordovician Point Pleasant Formation and Utica Shale (FS 2019-3044)
  • 2019
  • ...
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: Midcontinent
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.

 

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Water Alert map screenshot
October 24, 2019

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.

NWIS Mapper screenshot
March 5, 2019

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.

USGS
January 1, 2019

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 surface gri

Image of data download web page
December 6, 2018

GIS Data for Cincinnati Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

Image of data download web page
November 30, 2018

GIS Data for Illinois Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Interactive map and chart highlighting USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present
August 28, 2018

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 for Continuous Assessments only from 2000-2018.

USGS
January 1, 2018

The dataset consists of site identification, location, temperature and CO2 flux from diffuse emission measurement at the Tiptop fire. A total of 40 CO2 flux measurements were made at 27 locations, including five points (seven measurements) outside of the active coal fire area.

USGS
January 1, 2018

These data are bathymetry (lake bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the April 9–10, 2018, survey of Bourbon Lake and Williams Lake near Loretto, Kentucky. Bathymetric and topographic data were collected using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and a real-time kinematic global positioning system (GPS). Data were collected as the AUV traversed the lake along planned survey lin

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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: 2019

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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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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Sensitivity of streamflow simulation in the Delaware River Basin to forecasted land‐cover change for 2030 and 2060

In order to simulate the potential effect of forecasted land‐cover change on streamflow and water availability, there has to be confidence that the hydrologic model used is sensitive to small changes in land cover (<10%) and that this land‐cover change exceeds the inherent uncertainty in forecasted conditions. To investigate this, a 26‐year...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Claggett, Peter

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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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Flood-inundation maps for the North Fork Kentucky River at Hazard, Kentucky

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 7.1-mile reach of the North Fork Kentucky River at Hazard, Kentucky (Ky.), were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Kentucky Silver Jackets and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation...

Boldt, Justin A.; Lant, Jeremiah G.; Kolarik, Nicholas E.
Boldt, J.A., Lant, J.G., and Kolarik, N.E., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for the North Fork Kentucky River at Hazard, Kentucky: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5122, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185122.

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Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampling
July 15, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampling

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampling

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - removing mussels from equipment
July 15, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - removing mussels from equipment

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - removing mussels from equipment

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - tower walkway
July 15, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - tower walkway

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - tower walkway

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampler
July 15, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampler

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampler

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampler closeup
July 15, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampler closeup

Ohio River at Ironton, OH - water quality sampler closeup

Cuyahoga River at Independence OH - flood water in gage house
May 30, 2019

Cuyahoga River at Independence OH - flood water in gage house

Cuyahoga River at Independence OH - flood water in gage house

Cuyahoga River at Independence OH - 2018 high water mark
May 30, 2019

Cuyahoga River at Independence OH - 2018 high water mark

Cuyahoga River at Independence OH - 2018 high water mark

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN site
May 17, 2019

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN
May 2, 2019

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN - low flow

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN
May 2, 2019

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN downstream of gage

Eagle Creek at Zionsville, IN downstream of gage

Pete Cinotto 2019 cooperator meeting
April 18, 2019

Pete Cinotto 2019 cooperator meeting

Pete Cinotto 2019 cooperator meeting

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.

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EON Geosciences Piper Navajo Airplane with Tail Stinger Magnetometer
October 21, 2019

Editor: In the public interest and in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Image shows a map of the Eastern United States with the boundaries of the Marcellus Shale superimposed
October 3, 2019

The Marcellus Shale and Point Pleasant-Utica Shale formations of the Appalachian Basin contain an estimated mean of 214 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable continuous resources of natural gas, according to new USGS assessments.

Neal Craig Technology demonstration at the OKI 2019 cooperator meeting
May 1, 2019

The USGS Kentucky office hosted their third annual cooperator meeting on April 18, 2019 and the Indiana office hosted their second cooperator meeting on April 23, 2019.  OKI Staff gave presentations and technolgy demonstrations for an audience of local, state, and federal cooperators and USGS staff.

The USGS Ohio office will host their first cooperator meeting in 2020.

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Newsletter Logo
March 27, 2019

Science highlights included in this issue are Mobile SuperGage Float Trip, “River stage” does not necessarily
mean “River depth”, Interagency Workshop to Develop Predictive Models for Recreational and Drinking-Water Treatment Plant Sites, Introducing The Next Generation of USGS Water Data for the Nation, and Streamgage Changes to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Monitoring Network. 

CGG RESOLVE in flight
October 25, 2018

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance informing the local communities is appreciated.  

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Newsletter Logo
September 1, 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Newsletter highlights science and selected OKI WSC staff. Science highlights include Nowcast, monitoring in the Western Lake Erie Basin, School Branch watershed monitoring, and  Spring flooding in the tri-state area. Scientists included are Greg Koltun, Thomas Harris, Travis Cole, Catherine Fargen, and Shawn LeMaster.

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). 

 

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.

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. 

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
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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