Ohio Water Resources Committee

Sponsored Water Quality Monitoring Information


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The Ohio Water Resources Committee (OWRC) was designed as a forum for policy development, collaboration and coordination among state agencies, and strategic direction with respect to state water resource programs.

Ohio's Workgroup for Water Resource Monitoring (WWRM) was created in 2004 to promote the effective collection, interpretation and dissemination of water resource and other environmental data necessary to provide for comprehensive water resource management. 

Ohio's Water Quality Monitoring Steering Committee (WQMSC) was created in 2012 to promote and implement a plan to enhance the effectiveness and use of surface and ground water quality data collected in Ohio. 

Ohio's Workgroup for Water Resource Monitoring was created in 2004, to promote the effective collection, interpretation and dissemination of water resource and other environmental data necessary to provide for comprehensive water resource management. This workgroup began organizing annual meetings of many of the statewide and regional water resource data collectors in Ohio, to share information and improve coordination and collaboration. In recent years, USGS has taken the lead in organizing the annual meeting, which is typically held in March.

Do you routinely monitor ground water or surface water in Ohio?  If so, we would appreciate you taking the time to fill out our survey form and submitting it to Richard Bartz, USGS at rsbartz@usgs.gov or to Cathy Alexander, Ohio EPA at cathy.alexander@epa.ohio.gov.

Survey form to provide water quality monitoring information for your program.

March 22, 2018

March 17, 2017

April 6, 2016

March 4, 2015

March 21, 2014

March 19, 2013

The Water Quality Monitoring Steering Committee (WQMSC) is a subset of the larger Workgroup for Water Resource Monitoring intended to rejuvenate efforts the larger group started, first by creating a more specific, action oriented plan. The WQMSC was created in 2012 and is composed of ground water and surface water technical or management staff from five state agencies (Agriculture, Health, Transportation, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection) and USGS. Ohio EPA's Division of Surface Water is the designated lead for the committee.

The first priorities established by the committee are to develop a simple listing of prevalent water quality data collectors and their monitoring activities, and to better share and disseminate surface water quality data collected by state agencies.

For more information please see the links below.

Water Quality Data Access:


For more information about the WQMSC, contact Cathy Alexander at cathy.alexander@epa.ohio.gov or call (614) 644-2001.