Fiscal Year 1993 Program Report

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Ohio State University. Water Resources Center

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Most of Ohio's water problems are associated with water quality. Of primary concern are the sediments, nutrients and acids in the surface waters from urban, agricultural and mining areas, and the toxic and hazardous wastes that threaten the ground and surface waters. The focus of the 1993 State Water Research Program was directed at these areas. The research and technology transfer program consisted of the following activities: The technology transfer programs of the Water Resources Center continues to disseminate information about the water resources of Ohio to the local and state decision-makers. It also provides technical assistance to help resolve some of the state's major water problems. One project was an oceanographic dynamics study, for Lake Erie, which used mathematical models to calculate how contaminant loading from rivers will interact with the Great Lakes Forecasting System. This project will provide accurate and timely loading figures for the forecasting system. The natural quantities of uranium and thorium in 169 of Ohio's aquifers has been research by Gerald Matisoff, to learn how these amounts compare to new legislative standards. One project researched a comprehensive study of the behavior of organically-complexed metals in solutions comprised of aqueous and nonaqueous solvents. This information will apply to proposed remediation strategies for contaminated soils that use washing techniques to remove nonpolar organic contaminants. Another project studied the quantitative structure-activity relationships for predicting the fate and effects of pesticides. Another researcher studied the use of alkaline flue gas desulfurization byproducts to reclaim acidic abandoned minespoil in eastern Ohio and as a substitute for limestone in agricultural production. Training on these research projects was provided to six students from five disciplines at two universities. These include two M. S. students in the fields of Environmental Science and Agronomy; three Ph.. D. students in the fields of Civil Engineering, Environmental Science and Geological Science. A Post Ph. D. researcher in Environmental Science was also trained under this project.


The activities on which this report is based were financed in part by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, through the Ohio Water Resources Center.
Report No. G-2039-04
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