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Ms. Donna Francy

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Local Address: Columbus, Ohio, United States
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park , California 94025
United States

Company Description: The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize the loss of life and property from natural...   more

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"Informed decisions can prevent ..., 25 Nov 2013 [cached]
"Informed decisions can prevent beachgoers from coming into contact with contaminated water or beaches from being closed unnecessarily," said Donna Francy, USGS scientist and lead author of the report.
"We found that nowcasts were effective at the majority of beaches we tested," said Francy.
2 MWCD lakes part of water quality testing project - Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, 10 June 2010 [cached]
"The Nowcast system is similar to a weather forecast except that current water-quality conditions instead of future conditions are estimated," said Donna Francy, USGS research hydrologist for the study. "Current bacteria levels are estimated with a computer model especially calibrated for each beach, which takes into account current weather and environmental conditions."
"The USGS will collect data for two years, develop mathematical models, and test a Nowcast system in 2012. If the Nowcast is successful at any of the study beaches, the system will be available to the public in 2013," said Francy.
If E. coli concentrations are found to increase as rainfall or others factors increase, we will continue to collect data a second year and then develop mathematical models," said Francy.
The Morning Journal, 1 Aug 2004 [cached]
"When you have E. coli, you have fecal contamination," said Donna Francy, a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey's district office."E. coli doesn't grow in temperate weather, it's from a warm-blooded animal."
Another theory is that breakwalls are blocking the flow of water and allowing contaminants to build up, but officials disagree on whether that is actually happening.
The Geological Survey has been working with the city's health department and the Ohio Department of Health and hopes to develop a model for predicting E. coli levels, Francy said.
The Geological Survey, a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior, began testing water in late May with the help of intern Paula Carver of Lorain, a biology major at Bowling Green State University, Francy said.
The Geological Survey ended its water testing and research of on Friday, and it hasn't ruled out the possibility of excessive amounts of wastewater runoff coming from somewhere west of Lorain, Francy said.
The Geological Survey still doesn't have any concrete answers of what is causing the high E. coli levels, and plans to resume its water sampling and research in May 2005, Francy said.
"It's quite puzzling," Francy said.
"We have gathered our information such as looking at weather data, bird counts on the beaches and are taking the breakwalls into consideration," Francy added."We have a whole summer's worth of information.It will take about a month to analyze it.We're not sure if the high E. coli levels are being caused by animals or humans, or if it's from wastewater runoff."
Francy said her office plans to meet with the Lorain Health Department sometime in the fall, and hopes to have some answers.
The Geological Survey also has studied water samples and conditions at Lakeshore Beach in Ashtabula this year, and for several years, has studied water and the beaches at Edgewater Beach on Cleveland's west side and Villa Angela Beach on Cleveland's east side.
All of those beaches have breakwalls similar to Lakeview Beach, and the large amounts of birds on the beach this year, very well could be a major contributing factor to the E. coli problem accumulating on the breakwalls, Francy said.
The Advertiser-Tribune, 12 June 2006 [cached]
‘‘It's like a weather forecast," said Donna Francy, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geologic Survey's Ohio Water Service Center in Columbus, who developed the model along with co-workers at the center. ‘‘They say there is a chance of rain.Are they right all the time?"
Francy said the system is better than previous methods.
The information is posted on signs at the beach.It's also available online at
The first year of the study ... [cached]
The first year of the study will involve logging water quality and environmental conditions, such as rainfall, water elevation and the number of gulls and geese at the beach, Donna Francy, of the USGS Ohio Water Science Center, stated in the project summary.
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