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Upper Scioto River Watershed

Descriptions of Watershed Characteristics


The drainage area, stream network, and monitored stream segments for the Upper Scioto River Watershed have been detailed by the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water. The location of the watershed in relation the other watershed throughout the state can also be seen in the small Ohio map above the watershed map.
According to the Ohio EPA, the Upper Scioto River Watershed is primarily impaired by nutrient enrichment, sedimentation, and other habitat alterations. Similar to many of the other watersheds, the majority of the river miles are impacted by nutrient enrichment. Such severe river and stream impairments commonly result from human development, inadequate agricultural practices and land use changes in the surrounding area.

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