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Central Midwest Water Science Center

Welcome to the Central Midwest Water Science Center’s (CMWSC) Website. We offer information on streamflow, water quality, water-use, and groundwater data for Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. We conduct unbiased, scientific hydrologic investigations & research projects to effectively manage CMWSC and our Nation's water resources through joint efforts with our partners.

 

News

Event: Explore USGS Careers in the Southeast 2024

Event: Explore USGS Careers in the Southeast 2024

Friday's Findings: Environmental Contaminants and Agricultural Production

Friday's Findings: Environmental Contaminants and Agricultural Production

StreamStats regression equation updates for Illinois

StreamStats regression equation updates for Illinois

Publications

Groundwater flow model for the Des Moines River alluvial aquifer near Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) is a regional municipal water utility that provides residential and commercial water resources to about 600,000 customers in Des Moines, Iowa, and surrounding municipalities in central Iowa. DMWW has identified a need for increased water supply and is exploring the potential for expanding groundwater production capabilities in the Des Moines River alluvial aquifer, wh
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Emilia L. Bristow, Kyle W. Davis

Two-dimensional hydraulic model for the Chain of Lakes on the Fox River near McHenry, Illinois

Forecasts of flows entering and leaving the Chain of Lakes on the Fox River in northeastern Illinois are critical information to water-resource managers operating the Stratton Dam at McHenry, Illinois. These managers determine the optimal operation of the Stratton Dam at McHenry, Ill., to manage Chain of Lakes pool levels and to help mitigate flooding in the Chain of Lakes system. In 2020, the U.S
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Charles V. Cigrand, Michael R. Ament

Peak streamflow trends in Illinois and their relation to changes in climate, water years 1921–2020

This report characterizes changes in peak streamflow in Illinois and the relation of these changes to climatic variability, and provides a foundation for future studies that can address nonstationarity in peak-flow frequency analysis in Illinois. Records of annual peak and daily streamflow at streamgages and gridded monthly climatic data (observed and modeled) were examined across four trend perio
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Mackenzie K. Marti, Thomas M. Over

Science

A National Assessment of Pesticide, PFAS, Microplastic, and Antibiotic Resistance Gene Exposures in White-Tailed Deer

Research has documented exposures and consequential environmental health effects of pesticides, PFAS, microplastics, and antibiotic resistance genes in environmental biota. Little is known, however, regarding such effects in white-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus ).
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A National Assessment of Pesticide, PFAS, Microplastic, and Antibiotic Resistance Gene Exposures in White-Tailed Deer

Research has documented exposures and consequential environmental health effects of pesticides, PFAS, microplastics, and antibiotic resistance genes in environmental biota. Little is known, however, regarding such effects in white-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus ).
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Groundwater Monitoring in McHenry County, Illinois

Groundwater Monitoring in McHenry County, Illinois
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Groundwater Monitoring in McHenry County, Illinois

Groundwater Monitoring in McHenry County, Illinois
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Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Survey 2023 - Illinois River Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting an Airborne ElectroMagnetic (AEM) Survey starting in late January 2023 and lasting three to four weeks. A helicopter towing a large hoop from a cable will begin making low-level flights over the Illinois River Basin, covering much of central Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana.
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Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Survey 2023 - Illinois River Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting an Airborne ElectroMagnetic (AEM) Survey starting in late January 2023 and lasting three to four weeks. A helicopter towing a large hoop from a cable will begin making low-level flights over the Illinois River Basin, covering much of central Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana.
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Multimedia

Picture of Lee's Summit Office
Picture of Lee's Summit Office
Picture of Lee's Summit Office
A USGS hydrologic technician prepares to lift an orange streamflow measuring device onto the ledge of a bridge.
Measuring flooding in the South Grand River in Urich, Missouri
Measuring flooding in the South Grand River in Urich, Missouri
A USGS hydrologic technician on a bridge guides an orange streamflow measuring device across a river to measure flooding
Measuring flooding in the South Grand River in Urich, Missouri
Measuring flooding in the South Grand River in Urich, Missouri
Olivette, MO Building
Olivette, MO Building
Olivette, MO Building
Fort Dodge, Iowa USGS Office
Fort Dodge Iowa Office
Fort Dodge Iowa Office
Paul H Rydlund
Paul new profile picture.
Paul new profile picture.
Video thumbnail reads: NGWOS AEMs for Illinois. Aerially Mapping The Illinois River Basin NGWOS AEMs For Illinois - Aerially Mapping the Illinois River Basin
NGWOS AEMs For Illinois - Aerially Mapping the Illinois River Basin
Video thumbnail reads: NGWOS AEMs for Illinois. Aerially Mapping The Illinois River Basin. Audio Description. NGWOS AEMs For Illinois - Aerially Mapping the Illinois River Basin (AD)
NGWOS AEMs For Illinois - Aerially Mapping the Illinois River Basin (AD)
Graphic of Gage Greatness bracket showing 16 gages from 8 water science centers.
Gage Greatness Bracket Round 1
Gage Greatness Bracket Round 1