Stories of the Ausable
Comparing Discharge in the Ausable Watershed
How can we compare discharge in watersheds of different sizes? Do the different branches of the Ausable River respond differently to the same storm? Flow duration analysis can help us answer these questions, but raises new questions about why these differences occur.
Algae - Good, Bad, or Ugly?
Harmful algal blooms–specific species of cyanobacteria that produce cyanotoxins–and efforts to control them are increasingly in the news these days, but not all algae are hazardous.
What is a Water Year?
Hydrologists measure time differently than the standard January-to-December calendar year. For those of us that model and track the movement of water through the landscape, the year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th. This is known as a water year.