Unified Interior Regions

Ohio

The OKI Water Science Center (WSC) provides credible and relevant scientific information on critical water resources issues in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and beyond. Major focus areas include Great Lakes, ecosystems science, hydrologic monitoring networks, flood frequency and mapping, water availability, and effects of agricultural and urban practices, mineral extraction, and other human activities.

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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...

Date published: February 27, 2018
Status: Active

Using models to estimate microcystin concentrations in Ohio recreational and source waters

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major global water-quality issue.  In Lake Erie and inland lakes in Ohio, elevated microcystin concentrations have caused water-resource managers to issue recreational water-quality advisories, and detections of microcystin in source waters have caused drinking-water plant managers to increase...

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The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture.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

Date published: May 24, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Network In Ohio

State and local agencies in Ohio (and to a limited extent, the USGS) collect, research, interpret, and disseminate groundwater data to characterize the groundwater resources of the State. To address these needs, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) monitor groundwater levels for more than 140 wells throughout Ohio. Personnel from the USGS...

Contacts: Robert Darner
Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - NAWQA - Cycle 3

The goal of microbiological monitoring in NAWQA Cycle 3 is to determine the occurrence and distribution of indicators and pathogens in public and domestic groundwater supplies.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Analytical Services

The Ohio Water Microbiology Laboratory (OWML) offers a wide-range of sample analyses, media, and other microbiological supplies for USGS Water Science Centers across the nation.  Analyses include quantification of standard bacterial indicators and other bacteria in water or sediment, and quantification or detection of coliphage in water.  Other analyses can be performed at the OWML, but...

Contacts: Rebecca Bushon
Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - About Us

The MI-OH Water Microbiology Laboratories provide microbiological data of public-health significance from surface waters, ground waters, and sediments for a variety of study objectives.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Laboratory Capabilities

Indicator bacteria are routinely measured by means of membrane-filtration or liquid broth most-probable number techniques. Find out more about the analytical methods used for standard bacterial indicators.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Home

The U.S. Geological Survey MI-OH Water Science Center Microbiology Laboratories in Lansing, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio address water-related public-health concerns across the Nation using traditional and cutting-edge analytical approaches. The laboratories work with government agencies, academic institution, and regional and local partners to study the processes and anthropogenic influences...

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...

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Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

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.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

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.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

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.

Date published: April 8, 2016

FishVis Mapper

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.

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Estimation of upstream water use with Ohio’s StreamStats application

This report describes the analytical methods and results of a pilot study to enhance the Ohio StreamStats application by adding the ability to obtain water-use information for selected areas in the northeast quadrant of Ohio. Water-use estimates are determined in StreamStats through a simple multistep process.  Water-use data used to develop...

Koltun, G.F.; Nardi, Mark R.; Shaffer, Kimberly H.
Koltun, G.F., Nardi, M.R., and Shaffer, K.H., 2016, Estimation of upstream water use with Ohio’s StreamStats application: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5077, 13 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165077.

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Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for the Black Fork Mohican River Basin in and near Shelby, Ohio

Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses were done for selected reaches of five streams in and near Shelby, Richland County, Ohio. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, conducted these analyses on the Black Fork Mohican River and four tributaries: Seltzer Park Creek, Seltzer Park Tributary,...

Huitger, Carrie A.; Ostheimer, Chad J.; Koltun, G.F.
Huitger, C.A, Ostheimer, C.J., and Koltun, G.F., 2016, Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for the Black Fork Mohican River Basin in and near Shelby, Ohio: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5187, 39 p., 2 appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155187.

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Arsenic in groundwater of Licking County, Ohio, 2012—Occurrence and relation to hydrogeology

Arsenic concentrations were measured in samples from 168 domestic wells in Licking County, Ohio, to document arsenic concentrations in a wide variety of wells and to identify hydrogeologic factors associated with arsenic concentrations in groundwater. Elevated concentrations of arsenic (greater than 10.0 micrograms per liter [µg/L]) were detected...

Thomas, Mary Ann
Thomas, M.A., 2016, Arsenic in groundwater of Licking County, Ohio, 2012—Occurrence and relation to hydrogeology: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5148, 38 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155148.

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The effectiveness of water-treatment systems for arsenic used in 11 homes in Southwestern and Central Ohio, 2013

In 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Miami Conservancy District investigated the effectiveness of methods used to remove arsenic from drinking water at 11 homes in southwestern and central Ohio. The untreated (raw) ground-water had arsenic concentrations of 7.7–382 micrograms per liter (µg/L), and the median concentration was 30 µg/L. The...

Thomas, Mary Ann; Ekberg, Mike
Thomas, M.A., and Ekberg, Mike, 2016, The effectiveness of water-treatment systems for arsenic used in 11 homes in Southwestern and Central Ohio, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5156, 26 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155156.

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Year Published: 2015

Water Quality, Cyanobacteria, and Environmental Factors and Their Relations to Microcystin Concentrations for Use in Predictive Models at Ohio Lake Erie and Inland Lake Recreational Sites, 2013-14

Harmful cyanobacterial “algal” blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major water-quality issue for Lake Erie and inland lakes in Ohio. Predicting when and where a bloom may occur is important to protect the public that uses and consumes a water resource; however, predictions are complicated and likely...

Francy, Donna S.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Ecker, Christopher D.; Brady, Amie M.G.; Pam Struffolino; Loftin, Keith A.
Francy, D.S., Graham, J.L., Stelzer, E.A., Ecker, C.D., Brady, A.M.G., Struffolino, Pamela, and Loftin, K.A., 2015, Water quality, cyanobacteria, and environmental factors and their relations to microcystin concentrations for use in predictive models at Ohio Lake Erie and inland lake recreational sites, 2013–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5120, 58 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155120.

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Flood-inundation maps for Grand River, Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek near Lansing, Michigan

Digital flood-inundation maps for a total of 19.7 miles of the Grand River, the Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the City of Lansing, Michigan, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping...

Whitehead, Matthew; Ostheimer, Chad J.
Whitehead, M.T., and Ostheimer, C.J., 2015, Flood-inundation maps for Grand River, Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek near Lansing, Michigan (ver. 1.1, February 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5101, 19 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155101.

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Flood-inundation maps for the Scioto River at La Rue, Ohio

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 3-mile (mi) reach of the Scioto River that extends about 1/2 mi upstream and 1/2 mi downstream of the corporate boundary for La Rue, Ohio, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Village of La Rue, Marion County Commissioners, Montgomery Township, and Marion County Scioto River...

Whitehead, Matthew
Whitehead, M.T., 2015, Flood-inundation maps for the Scioto River at La Rue, Ohio: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5100, 11 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155100.

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Towards automating measurements and predictions of Escherichia coli concentrations in the Cuyahoga River, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, 2012–14

Nowcasts are systems that can provide estimates of the current bacterial water-quality conditions based on predictive models using easily-measured, explanatory variables; nowcasts can provide the public with the information to make informed decisions on the risk associated with recreational activities in natural water bodies. Previous studies on...

Brady, Amie M.G.; Meg B. Plona
Brady, A.M.G., and Plona, M.B., 2015, Towards automating measurements and predictions of Escherichia coli concentrations in the Cuyahoga River, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, 2012–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5094, 30 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155094.

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Groundwater quality in Geauga County, Ohio: status, including detection frequency of methane in water wells, 2009, and changes during 1978-2009

Domestic wells that are not safeguarded by regular water-quality testing provide drinking water for 79 percent of the residents of Geauga County, in northeastern Ohio. Since 1978, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has worked cooperatively with the Board of Commissioners and Geauga County Planning Commission to monitor the quality of groundwater in...

Jagucki, Martha L.; Kula, Stephanie P.; Mailot, Brian E.
Jagucki, M.L., Kula, S.P., and Mailot, B.M., 2015, Groundwater quality in Geauga County, Ohio—Status, including detection frequency of methane in water wells, 2009, and changes during 1978–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5032, 116 p., 5 app., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155032.

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Hydrologic effects of potential changes in climate, water use, and land cover in the Upper Scioto River Basin, Ohio

This report presents the results of a study to provide information on the hydrologic effects of potential 21st-century changes in climate, water use, and land cover in the Upper Scioto River Basin, Ohio (from Circleville, Ohio, to the headwaters). A precipitation-runoff model, calibrated on the basis of historical climate and streamflow data, was...

Ebner, Andrew D.; Koltun, G.F.; Ostheimer, Chad J.

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An evaluation of the accuracy of modeled and computed streamflow time-series data for the Ohio River at Hannibal Lock and Dam and at a location upstream from Sardis, Ohio

Between July 2013 and June 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) made 10 streamflow measurements on the Ohio River about 1.5 miles (mi) downstream from the Hannibal Lock and Dam (near Hannibal, Ohio) and 11 streamflow measurements near the USGS Sardis gage (station number 03114306) located approximately 2.4 mi upstream from Sardis, Ohio. The...

Koltun, G.F.

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Chemical and biological quality of water in Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio, 2011-12, with emphasis on cyanobacteria

Grand Lake St. Marys (GLSM) is a shallow lake in northwest Ohio, which is about 9 miles long and 3 miles wide with depths averaging less than 8 feet. Cyanobacteria blooms are common in GLSM, and high concentrations of microcystins—toxins produced by cyanobacteria—have been documented therein. During 2011–12, the U.S. Geological...

Dumouchelle, Denise H.; Stelzer, Erin A.
Dumouchelle, D.H., and Stelzer, E.A., 2014, Chemical and biological quality of water in Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio, 2011–12, with emphasis on cyanobacteria: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5210, 51 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145210.

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Jeremiah Lant - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Jeremiah Lant - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Jeremiah Lant - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Jeremiah gave a presentation on AMDTreat: Science meets modern computing.

Dave Lampe - Indiana Groundwater Network
April 18, 2019

Dave Lampe - Indiana Groundwater Network

Dave Lampe - How to measure groundwater levels.  Dave gave a presentation titled "Indiana Groundwater Network: Leveraging citizen science to monitor critical resources and a hands-on demonstation on how to measure groundwater levels.

Gary Martin - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Gary Martin - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Gary Martin - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting - Gary provided a hands-on demonstration on using the StreamStats application.

Tanja Williamson - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Tanja Williamson - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Tanja Williamson - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Tanja's presentation was titled "Sediment Source Tracking: Using advanced science to track sediment sources.

Jeremiah Lant - Science Meets Modern Computing
April 18, 2019

Jeremiah Lant - Science Meets Modern Computing

Jeremiah Lant - Science Meets Modern Computing. OKI 2019 Coopertor Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jeff Woods - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Jeff Woods - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Jeff Woods - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Jeff's presetntation was titled "Kentucky Hydrologic Network Update: Overview of OKI's streamgaging network and Kentucky's century gages".

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
October 10, 2019

This challenge is coming along nicely with another 150 points added since our last update!

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.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
October 3, 2019

It's always exciting to see features coming in for our new challenges!  Almost 100 points have already come in for this challenge. It just goes to show how amazing our volunteers are!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
September 30, 2019

We've launched a new Mapping Challenge! This challenge will focus on City / Town Hall structures in Ohio and West Virginia.

Pectoral Spine Cross Section
September 20, 2019

Passing on our knowledge to the next generation of scientists.

Kurt Kowalski
September 12, 2019

In association with the 2019 Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Symposium

Dr. Ed Roseman speaking at AOC meeting in Cleveland
September 12, 2019

This annual conference focuses on specific areas of concern (AOC).

Releasing a Lake Sturgeon
July 5, 2019

Tracking Movement in a New York State Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan Critical Habitat

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.

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