NEW ONLINE ATLAS IS AN EASY WAY TO CHECK GROUND AND SURFACE WATER WITHDRAWALS IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Water withdrawal atlases
COLUMBUS, OH -- Ever wonder how much ground or surface water your county, town or community uses and what it's used for? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and its partners have made it easier to answer these questions by creating a Water Withdrawal Atlas Web page for each county and watershed in Ohio.
The amount and percentage of reported water withdrawals in 2005 are shown in a one-page atlas for seven categories: public supply, agriculture, industrial, power generation, mineral extraction, golf course and miscellaneous. Total water withdrawal amounts for each category are illustrated in a bar graph and ground water and surface water withdrawals are presented in a table.
Ground and surface water withdrawal sites in 2005 are shown on a map of the county or watershed. Changes and trends in ground-water and surface-water withdrawals from 1991 through 2005 are revealed in a bar graph.
"These Web pages make water-withdrawal information much more accessible and usable than numbers in spreadsheets," said Deborah Hoffman, chief of the ODNR Division of Water. "Colorful graphs, tables, and maps make the data much more meaningful. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and our partners are proud to provide these atlases, and we hope they will benefit the citizens of Ohio."
The Water Withdrawal Atlases are the result of a cooperative effort among ODNR, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership.
Debut of the atlases couldn't come at a better time. The launch coincides with the launch of EcoTrack 11, a weather-related environmental broadcast sponsored by WTOL-TV in Toledo. The Web page has links, information, photos, and maps about the northwestern Ohio environment. Content is provided by a variety of sate, federal, and local agencies. The EcoTrack 11 project is coordinated by the Ohio Water Resources Council, Education and Outreach, Northwestern Ohio Steering Committee.
For Additional Information, Contact:
Ted Lozier, ODNR Division of Water
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations