Water Research

MCD and its partners conduct studies on water quality and quantity issues of interest to the region. Below are several examples.

Groundwater Quality Survey and Contaminant Trends Study (2017)
The 2017 Groundwater Quality Survey and Contaminant Trends Study Report analyzes water samples collected during the spring and fall of 2017 from 12 monitoring wells located in the buried valley aquifer.


Groundwater Level Trends (2017)
The Groundwater Level Trends is a study of historic groundwater level trends for major aquifer systems in the Great Miami River Watershed.


Great Miami River WatershedSummary of Nutrient Loads, Yields, and Mean Concentrations in the Great Miami River Watershed
(2006 – 2016)

A summary of nutrient loads, yields, and mean concentrations in the Great Miami River Watershed.


Lower Great Miami River Nutrient Management Project (2017)
The Lower Great Miami River Nutrient Management Project is a modeling study of the potential effects of nutrient load reduction on water quality in the Great Miami River.


Groundwater Quality Survey (2016)
The Groundwater Quality Survey studies human impacts on groundwater quality across the the buried valley aquifer.


Benthic Phosphorus Fluxes in the Lower Great Miami River (2016)
The Benthic Phosphorus Fluxes in the Lower Great Miami River quantifies fluxes of phosphorus from sediment at locations along the Lower Great Miami Rivers.


Residential Water Treatment Systems for Arsenic (2015)
The Residential Water Treatment Systems for Arsenic is an investigation of the effectiveness of arsenic removal methods from drinking water in southwestern and central Ohio homes.


2015 Water Resources Report coverWater Resources Reports
The Water Resources Reports compile information on water quality and quantity in the Great Miami River Watershed. The reports look at long-term trends in precipitation, runoff and water quality.
View 2015 Report
View 2014 Report


E. coli Study (2013)
The E. coli Study examines the relationship between Escherichia Coli (E. coli), and rainfall and runoff conditions in the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio.


Algal bloom on the Great Miami RiverNutrients in the Great Miami River Watershed (2012)
Nutrients in the Great Miami River Watershed reviews nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations and loads in the Great Miami River Watershed from 2005 to 2011.


Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Streams and Aquifers of the Great Miami River Basin (2011)
Survey of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the streams and aquifers of the Great Miami River Basin.



Investigating Riverbed Hydraulic Conductivity (2008)
Investigation to measure the hydraulic conductivity of the Great Miami Riverbed in the Hamilton and Fairfield area.


Nitrate Concentrations and Sources in the Elk Creek Watershed (2006) 
Nitrate concentrations and sources in surface water and groundwater in the Elk Creek Watershed during 2003 and 2004.


Substructure Flooding Potential in Dayton, Ohio (2005)
Substructure Flooding Potential in Dayton, Ohio reviews potential for groundwater levels in the buried valley aquifer beneath Dayton to flood building substructures during high river flows.


Groundwater Potentiometric Surface Miamisburg to Middletown Region (2009)
Maps of the buried valley aquifer between Miamisburg and Middletown, showing groundwater level and bedrock surface contours.
Base, bedrock and groundwater contours
Bedrock and groundwater contours
Major and minor contours