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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: September 15, 2016

Testing Of A Model For Predicting Recreational Water Quality Of The Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Based On Real-time Turbidity And Streamflow Data

Water-quality concerns have long limited recreational use of the Cuyahoga River within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Park managers would like to promote the use of the river when conditions are appropriate, but the time required to obtain bacteria concentrations is too long to adequately assess the water quality and inform the public of a potential health risk—traditional bacteria-culture...

Contacts: Amie M Brady
Date published: September 15, 2016

Support Of Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) Activities Through Coordination, Data Collection, Data Dissemination, And Data Interpretation

This project manages USGS Lake Erie LaMP (Lakewide Management Plan) activities. These activities include quarterly conference calls on USGS-related activities; attending semiannual LaMP Workgroup meetings; collection of monitoring metadata from Federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)...

Contacts: Daniel Button
Date published: September 15, 2016

Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) Monitoring, Griggs Reservoir In Columbus

Increased stormwater runoff and associated problems, including increased pollution and flooding, have led to engineered attempts to return urban areas to a more natural water cycle. The USGS, in cooperation with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Columbus, is collecting hydrologic data to determine the effectiveness of recently installed rain gardens near Griggs...

Contacts: Robert Darner
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Crest-Stage Streamgage Network In Ohio

Historically, streams with drainage areas less than 100 square miles have not been adequately represented in regional peak flow analysis. To help fill this data gap, crest-stage gages were installed in 2001 at 18 sites throughout Ohio in order to augment the peak flow record for small streams (less than 100 square miles). After enough peak flow data have been collected at these sites, an...

Contacts: Branden Vonins
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Lake Erie (LERI) NAWQA Surface Water Status And Trends

The Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair (LERI) Basins in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania comprise one of more than 50 study units that are part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of the NAWQA program are to describe the water-quality status and trends in a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater...

Contacts: Dennis Finnegan
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Of Groundwater Levels And Surface-Water Quality At The South Well Field, Franklin County, Ohio

The City of Columbus operates 5 high-capacity collector wells to extract groundwater for drinking-water supply. To assist the City, the USGS monitors water levels in 5 observation wells and operates a water-quality monitor on the Scioto River where specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity are measured on an hourly basis. In addition, groundwater-level synoptic...

Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Long-term Water-level Monitoring Network, Geauga County, Ohio

Residents of Geauga County rely almost exclusively on groundwater as their source of drinking water. County planners are concerned that steady population growth and associated increased withdrawals of groundwater may cause a decline in groundwater levels. Declining groundwater levels indicate a decrease in the amount of groundwater that is available for human use and to maintain streamflow...

Contacts: Martha Jagucki
Date published: July 29, 2016
Status: Active

Simulation of Soil-Water Availability

How much water is stored in the soil?  Does agricultural management affect this?  Will this change if temperatures increase and plants need more water? 

In order to answer this question, we have focused on the differences in soil physical properties under four land management types (forest, pasture, traditional agriculture, and conservation agriculture) and whether these differences...

Date published: July 28, 2016
Status: Active

Bridge Scour Countermeasures

Flood events on rivers can cause erosion of the soil around a bridge foundation. This process is frequently referred to as bridge scour. Over time, scour can lead to bridge failure. To manage the risk from bridge scour, countermeasures are now used on bridge foundations. USGS scientists will be evaluating these bridge scour countermeasures at bridges across the country on rivers of various...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

Flood Inundation Mapping in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Flood inundation maps (FIMs) translate the stage of a river (shown on a hydrograph) to a map showing the extent and depth of flood waters. FIMS are created by combining datasets calculated by hydraulic models with ArcGIS, a geographic information system. FIMs can be used in conjunction with USGS real-time data and National Weather Service Flood Forecasts to plan and prepare for flood events....

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

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Year Published: 2011

Evaluation of the horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) seismic method to determine sediment thickness in the vicinity of the South Well Field, Franklin County, OH

The horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) seismic method involves analyzing measurements of ambient seismic noise in three dimensions to determine the fundamental site resonance frequency. Resonance is excited by the interaction of surface waves (Rayleigh and Love) and body waves (vertically incident shear) with the high-contrast aconstic...

Haefner, Ralph J.; Sheets, Rodney A.; Andrews, Robert E.
Evaluation of the horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) seismic method to determine sediment thickness in the vicinity of the South Well Field, Franklin County, OH; 2011; Article; Journal; Ohio Journal of Science; Haefner, Ralph J.; Sheets, Rodney A.; Andrews, Robert E.

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Assessing the vulnerability of public-supply wells to contamination—Edwards aquifer near San Antonio, Texas

This fact sheet highlights findings from the vulnerability study of a public-supply well field in San Antonio, Texas. The well field consists of six production wells that tap the Edwards aquifer. Typically, one or two wells are pumped at a time, yielding an average total of 20-21 million gallons per day. Water samples were collected from public-...

Jagucki, Martha L.; Musgrove, MaryLynn; Lindgren, Richard J.; Fahlquist, Lynne; Eberts, Sandra M.
Assessing the vulnerability of public-supply wells to contamination—Edwards aquifer near San Antonio, Texas; 2011; FS; 2011-3142; Jagucki, Martha L.; Musgrove, MaryLynn ; Lindgren, Richard J.; Fahlquist, Lynne ; Eberts, Sandra M.

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Modeling the potential impact of seasonal and inactive multi-aquifer wells on contaminant movement to public water-supply wells

Wells screened across multiple aquifers can provide pathways for the movement of surprisingly large volumes of groundwater to confined aquifers used for public water supply (PWS). Using a simple numerical model, we examine the impact of several pumping scenarios on leakage from an unconfined aquifer to a confined aquifer and conclude that a single...

Johnson, R.L.; Clark, B.R.; Landon, M.K.; Kauffman, L.J.; Eberts, S.M.
Modeling the potential impact of seasonal and inactive multi-aquifer wells on contaminant movement to public water-supply wells; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of the American Water Resources Association; Johnson, R. L.; Clark, B. R.; Landon, M. K.; Kauffman, L. J.; Eberts, S. M.

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Hydraulic characteristics of low-impact development practices in northeastern Ohio, 2008–2010

Low-impact development (LID) is an approach to managing stormwater as near to its source as possible; this is accomplished by minimizing impervious surfaces and promoting more natural infiltration and evapotranspiration than is typically associated with developed areas. Two newly constructed LID sites in northeastern Ohio were studied to document...

Darner, Robert A.; Dumouchelle, Denise H.
Hydraulic characteristics of low-impact development practices in northeastern Ohio, 2008–2010; 2011; SIR; 2011-5165; Darner, Robert A.; Dumouchelle, Denise H.

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Development of a flood-warning network and flood-inundation mapping for the Blanchard River in Ottawa, Ohio

Digital flood-inundation maps of the Blanchard River in Ottawa, Ohio, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Village of Ottawa, Ohio. The maps, which correspond to water levels (stages) at the USGS streamgage at Ottawa (USGS streamgage...

Whitehead, Matthew T.
Development of a flood-warning network and flood-inundation mapping for the Blanchard River in Ottawa, Ohio; 2011; SIR; 2011-5189; Whitehead, Matthew T.

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Quantifying viruses and bacteria in wastewater—Results, interpretation methods, and quality control

Membrane bioreactors (MBR), used for wastewater treatment in Ohio and elsewhere in the United States, have pore sizes small enough to theoretically reduce concentrations of protozoa and bacteria, but not viruses. Sampling for viruses in wastewater is seldom done and not required. Instead, the bacterial indicators Escherichia coli (E. coli) and...

Francy, Donna S.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Bushon, Rebecca N.; Brady, Amie M.G.; Mailot, Brian E.; Spencer, Susan K.; Borchardt, Mark A.; Elber, Ashley G.; Riddell, Kimberly R.; Gellner, Terry M.
Quantifying viruses and bacteria in wastewater—Results, interpretation methods, and quality control; 2011; SIR; 2011-5150; Francy, Donna S.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Bushon, Rebecca N.; Brady, Amie M. G.; Mailot, Brian E.; Spencer, Susan K.; Borchardt, Mark A.; Elber, Ashley G.; Riddell, Kimberly R.; Gellner, Terry M.

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Stream profile analysis using a step backwater model for selected reaches in the Chippewa Creek basin in Medina, Wayne, and Summit Counties, Ohio

The USGS, in cooperation with the Chippewa Subdistrict of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, performed hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for selected reaches of three streams in Medina, Wayne, Stark, and Summit Counties in northeast Ohio: Chippewa Creek, Little Chippewa Creek, and River Styx. This study was done to facilitate assessment...

Straub, David E.; Ebner, Andrew D.
Stream profile analysis using a step backwater model for selected reaches in the Chippewa Creek basin in Medina, Wayne, and Summit Counties, Ohio; 2011; SIR; 2011-5024; Straub, David E.; Ebner, Andrew D.

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Precision of two methods for estimating age from burbot otoliths

Lower reproductive success and older age structure are associated with many burbot (Lota lota L.) populations that are declining or of conservation concern. Therefore, reliable methods for estimating the age of burbot are critical for effective assessment and management. In Lake Erie, burbot populations have declined in recent years due to the...

Edwards, W.H.; Stapanian, M.A.; Stoneman, A.T.
Precision of two methods for estimating age from burbot otoliths; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Applied Ichthyology; Edwards, W. H.; Stapanian, M. A.; Stoneman, A. T.

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Year Published: 2010

Occurrence of Escherichia coli in the Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

There are several measures of the 'cleanliness' of a natural body of water, including concentrations of indicator bacteria, anthropogenic chemicals (chemicals derived from human activities), and nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium that lives in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals, such as...

Brady, Amie M.G.; Plona, Meg B.
Occurrence of Escherichia coli in the Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio; 2010; FS; 2010-3068; Brady, Amie M. G.; Plona, Meg B.

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Estimating Monthly Water Withdrawals, Return Flow, and Consumptive Use in the Great Lakes Basin

Water-resource managers and planners require water-withdrawal, return-flow, and consumptive-use data to understand how anthropogenic (human) water use affects the hydrologic system. Water models like MODFLOW and GSFLOW use calculations and input values (including water-withdrawal and return flow data) to simulate and predict the effects of water...

Shaffer, Kimberly H.; Stenback, Rosemary S.
Estimating Monthly Water Withdrawals, Return Flow, and Consumptive Use in the Great Lakes Basin; 2010; OFR; 2010-1211; Shaffer, Kimberly H.; Stenback, Rosemary S.

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Understanding beach health throughout the Great Lakes-Entering a new era of investigations

For over a decade, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been a leader in the science of beach health. The overall mission of this work is to provide science-based information and methods that will allow beach managers to more accurately make beach closure and advisory decisions, understand the sources and physical processes affecting beach...

Understanding beach health throughout the Great Lakes-Entering a new era of investigations; 2010; FS; 2010-3093; U.S. Geological Survey

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Strategic plan for science-U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Water Science Center, 2010-15

This Science Plan identifies specific scientific and technical programmatic issues of current importance to Ohio and the Nation. An examination of those issues yielded a set of five major focus areas with associated science goals and strategies that the Ohio Water Science Center will emphasize in its program during 2010-15. A primary goal of...

Strategic plan for science-U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Water Science Center, 2010-15; 2010; SIR; 2010-5156; U.S. Geological Survey

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Dave Lampe - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Dave Lampe - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Dave Lampe - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Dave gave a presentation on the Indiana Groundwater Network: Leveraging citizen science to monitor ctitical resources.

Dave Lampe - How to measure groundwater levels
April 18, 2019

Dave Lampe - How to measure groundwater levels

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.

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.

Ohio River at Ironton OH - wire weight gage
March 26, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton OH - wire weight gage

Ohio River at Ironton OH - wire weight gage

Ohio River at Ironton, OH
March 26, 2019

Ohio River at Ironton, OH

Ohio River at Ironton - super gage installation. The gage is located in the upper part of the tower shown in the background.

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

Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana

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

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair
November 29, 2018

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair, 2015

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

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

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

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USGS science for a changing world logo
December 10, 2015

Rapid predictions of harmful algal blooms, or large growths of toxin-producing bacteria in water, can help prevent recreationalists from getting sick at Ohio lakes, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

Source Contribution of Mercury in Great Lakes Sediment
December 10, 2015

For the first time, land and resource managers in the Great Lakes will be able to distinguish between the various sources of mercury in the environment, a toxic chemical of significant concern in the region. This is thanks to a new tool that “fingerprints” the mercury, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
October 15, 2015

Grass carp egg survival is compromised when they settle on streambeds and are potentially covered by sediments, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. It has been long assumed that the eggs of Asian carps, including grass carp, must be carried in the water current in order to hatch successfully, but no previous scientific studies have proven that theory.

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.

Screenshot of digital flood inundation map
May 19, 2015

New flood inundation maps and an updated flood warning system can help Marietta, Ohio, and other communities along the Lower Muskingum River and Ohio River prepare and plan for floods.

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 6, 2015

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

USGS
April 9, 2015

New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
March 25, 2015

Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
January 9, 2015

A year after the January 9, 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River that affected the drinking water of 300,000 Charleston area residents, scientists continue to provide new information to increase understanding of the chemicals in the spill and how they traveled through the water system.