The Ohio River Channel
A Periodic Update from the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
March 2015
A Train Derailment sends ORSANCO Tracking!
Last month, a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in a small town in West Virginia on the banks of the Kanawha River, 89 miles from the Ohio River.  ORSANCO responded with a travel model to track any potential oil contamination and possible threat to Ohio River drinking water.  Water samples were collected and analyzed hourly to determine the movement and presence of oil in both rivers.  How do we identify and track spills...and protect your drinking water?  Check out ORSANCO's Organics Detection System Video to learn more!

What's in Your River?

ORSANCO recently published the Ohio River Discharges Summary Report using data from the US EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Report.  Which chemicals are discharged into local watersheds and how does this impact the health of your river?   You can view ORSANCO's report at Ohio River Discharges Summary Report or on ORSANCO's website at


ORSANCO has been recently recognized for excellence within several programs, including emergency response and public information.  Recent awards include: 

  • Risk Communication Excellence Award from the Alliance for Chemical Safety in recognition of ORSANCO's spill response efforts in 2014. 
  • National River Cleanup Photo Contest Award from American Rivers for a photo submitted from ORSANCO's River Sweep 2014 event. 
  • Print Excellence Award from Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky for ORSANCO's 2014 Annual Report.


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