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Professional Resources

A variety of resources are available locally and nationally for Ohio's water professionals. Below are just some of the funding opportunities, data and analysis sources, and organizations which may prove useful to be part of.

Funding via Ohio WRC


104(b) - The Ohio WRC requests proposals from water professionals early in their career, to support research on the topics of: algal blooms and nutrients, the water-energy nexus, and sustainable water use and water quality. Specific proposal submission instruction for FY2016 (deadline October 28th 2016) can be found here. The review criteria can be accessed here.

OSU Water Energy Nexus Funding - Ohio Water Resources Center together with Office of Energy and Environment at OSU is requesting proposals from Ohio State University investigators with PI status to address current water energy nexus issues. The application to ohiowrc@osu.edu is due on Friday, October 28th at 5:00 pm. Specific proposal submission criteria can be found here

Time Critical Research proposals - Ohio investigator can apply at any time during the year for Ohio WRC time critical research small fund program. The program instruction can be found here.

Other funding opportunities:
104(g) - USGS in cooperation with the NIWR request proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply.
IWR - National grant competition for up to $200,000, with an emphasis on applied investigative proposals for specific areas related to water resources issues in the United States.

Data and Analysis

Heidelberg NCWQR Tributary Data - long term data from the Lake Erie watershed

Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) Data Portal provides access to near-realtime and archived observations and to model forecasts for the Great Lakes.

NOAA - National Weather Service Ohio data

Ohio Beach Guard - data from Ohio's 134 public beaches

Ohio EPA certified labs for water analysis

ORSANCO - Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Comission, monitoring data from Ohio River

Water Quality Portal - a cooperative service sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) that integrates publicly available water quality data

Ohio Professional Organizations and Agencies

American Water Works Association - Ohio Section - Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource.

Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) - leads in facilitating environmental education that fosters global stewardship and a sustainable future for all Ohioans.

Environmental Professionals Network at OSU - Ohio is home to thousands of environmental professionals working every day to make the world a better place. Join our community today!

Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Soil and Water Division - Provide leadership and services that enable Ohioans to conserve, protect, and enhance soil, water, and land resources.

Ohio Water Development Authority - Provides financial assistance for environmental infrastructure from the sale of municipal revenue bonds through loans to local governments in Ohio and from issuance of industrial revenue bonds for qualified projects in Ohio.

Ohio Water Environment Association - The Ohio Water Environment Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association that provides technical education and training for Ohio water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment.

Ohio Water Well Association

Operator Training Commitee of Ohio - OTCO’s philosophy has always been to make broad comprehensive training available in order to produce well-informed, technically qualified water and wastewater personnel who are firmly grounded in the fundamentals--not just to train individuals for passing examinations.

Water Management Association of Ohio - The Water Management Association of Ohio promotes the comprehensive understanding, conservation and multifaceted use of Ohio's water resources.