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Ohio River Basin

Ohio River near Monaca, PA

The Ohio River near Monaca, PA.

The Ohio River is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Pittsburgh, PA.  The river is 981 miles long and flows to the Mississippi River at Cairo, IL then, ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico. For the 3RQ program, our geographical focus is on the Upper Ohio River from the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers to the Ohio's confluence with the Kanawha River. West Liberty University is responsible for the water quality monitoring and reporting in the Upper Ohio River Basin.

3RQ Targeted Studies in the Upper Ohio River Basin

Targeted studies in the Ohio River Basin

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E. Coli Monitoring in Upper Ohio River Valley Streams

Assistant Professor James Wood and graduate student Emily Huff at West Liberty University study E. coli levels in Big Wheeling Creek, Little Wheeling Creek, & Long Run from September 2021 through April 2023.

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Seasonal Differences in Chloride, Conductivity, & Temperature within Upper Ohio River Basin

Assistant Professor James Wood and graduate student Emily Huff at West Liberty University study chloride, conductivity, and temperature trends over two winters and summers within the Upper Ohio River Watershed to explore impacts of road salt application.

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Summer Trends in Temperature & Specific Conductance within Upper Ohio River Basin

Assistant Professor James Wood and undergraduate research student Emily Huff in the Ecology and Ecosystems Study (EES) lab at West Liberty University set out to determine if the hot, dry summer of 2020 showed significantly different water chemistry than that of 2019. To find out, they chose to focus on two water chemistry parameters, water temperature and specific conductance (SpC), at 24 sites throughout the Upper Ohio River Watershed.

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Captina Creek

After years of 3RQ monitoring, trends of rising bromide and total dissolved solids (TDS) have been observed in Captina Creek, a tributary to the Ohio River near the town of Armstrong Mills, OH. By analyzing monthly data from 2012 through the present, we learn more about these trends as we continue to monitor this site in the future.
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