The Organics Detection System is a premier water quality monitoring system that detects volatile organic chemicals in the Ohio River and helps protect the drinking water quality for more than 5 million people every day. Recent congressionally directed funding helped support a needed upgrade to the system, improving its analytical capability and upgrading system communications. These upgrades have already proved valuable in protecting Ohio River drinking water utilities, detecting and tracking the spill of 4 Methylcyclohexane methanol (4-MCHM) from a chemical storage facility in Charleston, WV, that occurred in January, 2014. Once in the Ohio, it threatened the water resource relied upon by more than 1.5 million Ohio River basin residents. Because of the ODS, no Ohio River utilities were compromised by the MCHM.
Interstate Council on Water Policy
PO Box 20908
Cheyenne WY 82003
Who is ICWP?
We bring together regional, state, and local water resources entities to develop our voice on diverse water policy issues. Through the exchange of information and ideas, we create a national forum in which to evaluate policy issues and develop solutions to water resource challenges.