Fiscal Year 1991 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 1991 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 continue to disseminate information about the water resources of Ohio to the local and state decision-makers, and 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 mathmatical 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 hydrologies project by Steven G. Buchberger, studied alternate wastewater treatment and technologies using wetlands. The groundwater remediation project studied hydrophobic organic compounds (HOC) which are in groundwater systems and strongly sorbed by soil organic matter. This study characaterized the effects of chemical additives (co-solvents) in an effort to enhance HOC mobility in groundwater systems. The fate and transport project studied the dynamic features of pesticide-degrading microorganisms as they relate to changes in the redox speciation of their environment. A water quality project by Dr. Susan Fisher, studied how pesticides survive in water and how long they remain active in water. Training on these research projects was provided to eleven students from six disciplines at two universities. These include six M.S. students in the areas of Agronomy (2), Environmental Engineering (1), Entomology (2) and Microbiology (1): two Ph.D. students in the disciplines of Civil Engineering and Geology and a Post-Ph.D. in Environmental Science. In addition, two undergraduate students, one in Agronomy and the other in Environmental Science gained practical knowledge and training by working on these projects.


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
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