STREAM OR RIVER STAGE (also known as river level or gage height) is the height of the water surface, in feet, above some arbitrary point often referred to as the datum. Stage is NOT the depth of the water in the channel.
FORECASTED RIVER STAGE to view anticipated river levels as modeled by the Ohio River Forecast Center
STREAM OR RIVER DISCHARGE is the volume of water flowing past a given point in the stream in a given period of time. Streamflow is reported as cubic feet per second (ft3/s). Streamflow values are better indicators than gage height of conditions along the whole river.
DEPTH TO GROUNDWATER is the distance from an established measuring point to the water level in a well measured in feet.
Who collects this data? MCD and its partners‚ the United States Geological Survey, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Heidelberg National Center for Water Quality Research, collect the water data that is used in everything from flood forecasting to infrastructure planning.
For more information, contact Mike Ekberg, manager of water resources monitoring and analysis.