Central Midwest Water Science Center

Publications

These publications are written or co-authored by Central Midwest Water Science Center personnel in conjuction with their work at the USGS and other government agencies.  They include USGS reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, and published abstracts that  are available in the USGS Publications  Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2017

Contaminant gradients in trees: Directional tree coring reveals boundaries of soil and soil-gas contamination with potential applications in vapor intrusion assessment

Contaminated sites pose ecological and human-health risks through exposure to contaminated soil and groundwater. Whereas we can readily locate, monitor, and track contaminants in groundwater, it is harder to perform these tasks in the vadose zone. In this study, tree-core samples were collected at a Superfund site to determine if the sample-...

Wilson, Jordan L.; Samaranayake, V.A.; Limmer, Matthew A.; Schumacher, John G.; Burken, Joel G.
Wilson, J.L., Samaranayake, V.A., Limmer, M.A., Schumacher, J.G., Burken, J.G., 2017, Contaminant Gradients in Trees: Directional Tree Coring Reveals Boundaries of Soil and Soil-Gas Contamination with Potential Applications in Vapor Intrusion Assessment: Environmental Science and Technology, Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03466.

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Estimating virus occurrence using Bayesian modeling in multiple drinking water systems of the United States

Drinking water treatment plants rely on purification of contaminated source waters to provide communities with potable water. One group of possible contaminants are enteric viruses. Measurement of viral quantities in environmental water systems are often performed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or quantitative PCR (qPCR). However, true...

Varughese, Eunice A.; Brinkman, Nichole E; Anneken, Emily M; Cashdollar, Jennifer S; Fout, G. Shay; Furlong, Edward T.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Glassmeyer, Susan T.; Keely, Scott P
Varughese, E.A., Brinkman, N.E., Anneken, E.M., Cashdollar, J.L., Shay Fout, G., Furlong, E.T., Kolpin, D.W., Glassmeyer, S.T., Keely, S.P. 2018. Estimating virus occurrence using Bayesian modeling in multiple drinking water systems of the United States. Sci. Total Environ. v. 619-620, p. 1330-1339.

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Tree sampling as a method to assess vapor intrusion potential at a site characterized by VOC-contaminated groundwater and soil

Vapor intrusion (VI) by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the built environment presents a threat to human health. Traditional VI assessments are often time-, cost-, and labor-intensive; whereas traditional subsurface methods sample a relatively small volume in the subsurface and are difficult to collect within and near structures. Trees could...

Wilson, Jordan L.; Limmer, Matthew A.; Samaranayake, V.A.; Schumacher, John G.; Burken, Joel G.
Wilson, J.L., Limmer, M.A., Samaranayake, V.A., Schumacher, J.G., Burken, J.G., 2017, Tree Sampling as a Method to Assess Vapor Intrusion Potential at a Site Characterized by VOC-Contaminated Groundwater and Soil: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 51, no. 18, pp. 10369-10378. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02667.

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FEQinput—An editor for the full equations (FEQ) hydraulic modeling system

IntroductionThe Full Equations Model (FEQ) is a computer program that solves the full, dynamic equations of motion for one-dimensional unsteady hydraulic flow in open channels and through control structures. As a result, hydrologists have used FEQ to design and operate flood-control structures, delineate inundation maps, and analyze peak-flow...

Ancalle, David S.; Ancalle, Pablo J.; Domanski, Marian M.
Ancalle, D.S., Ancalle, P.J., and Domanski, M.M., 2017, FEQinput—An editor for the full equations (FEQ) hydraulic modeling system: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3072, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173072.

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Hydrogeology and water quality of sand and gravel aquifers in McHenry County, Illinois, 2009-14, and comparison to conditions in 1979

Baseline conditions for the sand and gravel aquifers (groundwater) in McHenry County, Illinois, were assessed using data from a countywide network of 44 monitoring wells collecting continuous water-level data from 2009–14. In 2010, water-quality data were collected from 41 of the monitoring wells, along with five additional monitoring wells...

Gahala, Amy M.
Gahala, A.M., 2017, Hydrogeology and water quality of sand and gravel aquifers in McHenry County, Illinois, 2009-14, and comparison to conditions in 1979: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5112, 91 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175112.

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Simulation of daily streamflow for 12 river basins in western Iowa using the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, constructed Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System models to estimate daily streamflow for 12 river basins in western Iowa that drain into the Missouri River. The Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System is a deterministic, distributed-parameter, physical-process-...

Christiansen, Daniel E.; Haj, Adel E.; Risley, John C.
Christiansen, D.E., Haj, A.E., and Risely, J.C., 2017, Simulation of daily streamflow for 12 river basins in western Iowa using the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5091, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175091.

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Assessment of an in-channel redistribution technique for large woody debris management in Locust Creek, Linn County, Missouri

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, completed a study to assess a mechanical redistribution technique used for the management of large woody debris (LWD) jams in Locust Creek within Pershing State Park and Fountain Grove Conservation Area, Linn County...

Heimann, David C.
Heimann, D.C., 2017, Assessment of an in-channel redistribution technique for large woody debris management in Locust Creek, Linn County, Missouri: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5120, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175120.

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Watershed Data Management (WDM) database for West Branch DuPage River streamflow simulation, DuPage County, Illinois, January 1, 2007, through September 30, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the DuPage County Stormwater Management Department, maintains a database of hourly meteorological and hydrologic data for use in a near real-time streamflow simulation system. This system is used in the management and operation of reservoirs and other flood-control structures in the West...

Bera, Maitreyee
Bera, Maitreyee, 2017, Watershed Data Management (WDM) database for West Branch DuPage River streamflow simulation, DuPage County, Illinois, January 1, 2007, through September 30, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1099, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171099.

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Are exposure predictions, used for the prioritization of pharmaceuticals in the environment, fit for purpose?

Prioritization methodologies are often used for identifying those pharmaceuticals that pose the greatest risk to the natural environment and to focus laboratory testing or environmental monitoring toward pharmaceuticals of greatest concern. Risk-based prioritization approaches, employing models to derive exposure concentrations, are commonly used...

Burns, Emily E.; Thomas-Oates, Jane; Kolpin, Dana W.; Furlong, Edward T.; Boxall, Alistair B.A.
Burns, E.E., Thomas-Oates, J., Kolpin, D.W., Furlong, E.T., Boxall, A.B.A. 2017. Are exposure predictions, used for prioritization of pharmaceuticals in the environment, fit for purpose? Environ. Toxicol. Chem. v. 36, p. 2823-2832.

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Flood-inundation maps for the Meramec River at Valley Park and at Fenton, Missouri, 2017

Two sets of digital flood-inundation map libraries that spanned a combined 16.7-mile reach of the Meramec River that extends upstream from Valley Park, Missouri, to downstream from Fenton, Mo., were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District,...

Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Sappington, Jacob N.
Dietsch, B.J., and Sappington, J.N., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for the Meramec River at Valley Park and at Fenton, Missouri, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5116, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175116.

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Phytoforensics—Using trees to find contamination

The water we drink, air we breathe, and soil we come into contact with have the potential to adversely affect our health because of contaminants in the environment. Environmental samples can characterize the extent of potential contamination, but traditional methods for collecting water, air, and soil samples below the ground (for example, well...

Wilson, Jordan L.
Wilson, J.L., 2017, Phytoforensics—Using trees to find contamination: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3076, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173076.

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Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis, Missouri, May 23–27, 2016

Bathymetric and velocimetric data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation, near 13 bridges at 8 highway crossings of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area from May 23 to 27, 2016. A multibeam echosounder mapping system was used to obtain...

Huizinga, Richard J.
Huizinga, R.J., 2017, Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis, Missouri, May 23–27, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5076, 102 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175076.