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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Development of an Assessment Tool for Agricultural Best Management Practice Implementation in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Priority Watersheds—Upper East River, Tributary to Green Bay, Wisconsin

Introduction The Great Lakes face a number of serious challenges that cause damage to water quality, habitat, ecology, and coastal health. Excess nutrients from point and nonpoint sources have a history of causing harmful algal blooms (HABs); since the late 1990s, a resurgence of HABs have forced beach closures and resulted in water quality...

Merriman, Katherine R.
Merriman, K.R., 2015, Development of an assessment tool for agricultural best management practice implementation in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative priority watersheds—Upper East River, tributary to Green Bay, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3065, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153065.

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Hydrology of and Current Monitoring Issues for the Chicago Area Waterway System, Northeastern Illinois

The Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) consists of a combination of natural and manmade channels that form an interconnected navigable waterway of approximately 90-plus miles in the metropolitan Chicago area of northeastern Illinois. The CAWS serves the area as the primary drainage feature, a waterway transportation corridor, and recreational...

Duncker, James J.; Johnson, Kevin K.
Duncker, J.J. and Johnson, K.K., 2015, Hydrology of and current monitoring issues for the Chicago Area Waterway System, northeastern Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5115, 48 p., http://dx.doi. org/10.3133/sir20155115.

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Simulation of daily streamflow for nine river basins in eastern 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 nine river basins in eastern Iowa that drain into the Mississippi River. The models are part of a suite of methods for estimating daily streamflow at ungaged sites. The...

Haj, Adel E.; Christiansen, Daniel E.; Hutchinson, Kasey J.
Haj, A.E., Christiansen, D.E., and Hutchinson, K.J., 2015, Simulation of daily streamflow for nine river basins in eastern Iowa using the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5129, 29 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155129.

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Surrogate Analysis and Index Developer (SAID) tool

The use of acoustic and other parameters as surrogates for suspended-sediment concentrations (SSC) in rivers has been successful in multiple applications across the Nation. Tools to process and evaluate the data are critical to advancing the operational use of surrogates along with the subsequent development of regression models from which real-...

Domanski, Marian M.; Straub, Timothy D.; Landers, Mark N.
Domanski, M.M., Straub, T.D., and Landers, M.N., 2015, Surrogate Analysis and Index Developer (SAID) tool (version 1.0, September 2015): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1177, 38 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/20151177.

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Geophysical investigation of the pressure field produced by water guns at a pond site in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Three different geophysical sensor types were used to characterize the underwater pressure waves generated by the underwater firing of a seismic water gun and their suitability for establishing a pressure barrier to potentially direct or prevent the movement of the Asian carps. The sensors used to collect the seismic information were blast rated...

Adams, Ryan F.; Morrow, William S.
Adams, R.F., and Morrow, W.S., 2015, Geophysical investigation of the pressure field produced by water guns at a pond site in La Crosse, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1130, 24 p., 1 app., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151130.

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Seismic data collection from water gun and industrial background sources in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal area, Illinois, 2011

The water gun is a tool adapted from deep marine geophysical surveys that is being evaluated for use as an acoustic fish deterrent to control the movement of invasive marine species. The water gun creates a seismic signal by using a compressed air discharge to move a piston rapidly within the water, resulting in an implosion. This energy pulse may...

Morrow, William S.; Carpenter, Phillip J.; Adams, Ryan F.

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Bathymetric survey of Lake Calumet, Cook County, Illinois

The U.S. Geological Survey collected bathymetric data in Lake Calumet and a portion of the Calumet River in the vicinity of Lake Calumet to produce a bathymetric map. The bathymetric survey was made over 3 days (July 26, September 11, and November 7, 2012). Lake Calumet has become a focus area for Asian carp rapid-response efforts by state and...

Duncker, James J.; Johnson, Kevin K.; Sharpe, Jennifer B.

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Continuous monitoring of sediment and nutrients in the Illinois River at Florence, Illinois, 2012-13

The Illinois River is the largest river in Illinois and is the primary contributing watershed for nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended-sediment loading to the upper Mississippi River from Illinois. In addition to streamflow, the following water-quality constituents were monitored at the Illinois River at Florence, Illinois (U.S. Geological Survey...

Terrio, Paul J.; Straub, Timothy D.; Domanski, Marian M.; Siudyla, Nicholas A.
Terrio, P.J., Straub, T.D., Domanski, M.M., and Siudyla, N.A., 2015, Continuous monitoring of sediment and nutrients in the Illinois River at Florence, Illinois, 2012–13: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5040, 61 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155040. ISSN 2328-0328 (online)

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Comparisons of estimates of annual exceedance-probability discharges for small drainage basins in Iowa, based on data through water year 2013

Traditionally, the Iowa Department of Transportation has used the Iowa Runoff Chart and single-variable regional-regression equations (RREs) from a U.S. Geological Survey report (published in 1987) as the primary methods to estimate annual exceedance-probability discharge (AEPD) for small (20 square miles or less) drainage basins in Iowa. With the...

Eash, David A.
Eash, D.A., 2015, Comparisons of estimates of annual exceedance-probability discharges for small drainage basins in Iowa, based on data through water year 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5055, 37 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155055.

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2013 Survey of Iowa groundwater and evaluation of public well vulnerability classifications for contaminants of emerging concern

Studies in Iowa have long documented the vulnerability of wells with less than 50 feet (15 meters) of confining materials above the source aquifer to contamination from nitrate and various pesticides. Recent studies in Wisconsin have documented the occurrence of viruses in untreated groundwater, even in wells considered to have little...

Hruby, Claire E. ; Libra, Robert D.; Fields, Chad L. ; Kolpin, Dana W.; Hubbard, Laura E.; Borchardt, Mark R.; Spencer, Susan K.; Wichman, Michael D. ; Hall, Nancy; Schueller, Michael D. ; Furlong, Edward T.; Weyer, Peter J.
Hruby, C.E., Libra, R.D., Fields, C.L., Kolpin, D.W., Hubbard, L.E., Borchardt, M.R., Spencer, S.K., Wichman, M.D., Hall, N., Schueller, M.D., Furlong, E.T., Weyer, P.J. 2015. 2013 Survey of Iowa groundwater and evaluation of public well vulnerability classifications for contaminants of emerging concern: Iowa Geological and Water Survey Technical Information Series 57.

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Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on the periphery of Missouri, June 2014

Bathymetric and velocimetric data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation, in the vicinity of 8 bridges at 7 highway crossings of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on the periphery of Missouri from June 3 to 11, 2014. A multibeam echosounder mapping system was used to obtain...

Huizinga, Richard J.
Huizinga, R.J., 2015, Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on the periphery of Missouri, June 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5048, 81 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155048.

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Analysis of regional rainfall-runoff parameters for the Lake Michigan Diversion hydrological modeling

The Lake Michigan Diversion Accounting (LMDA) system has been developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District (USACE-Chicago) and the State of Illinois as a part of the interstate Great Lakes water regulatory program. The diverted Lake Michigan watershed is a 673-square-mile watershed that is comprised of the Chicago River and...

Soong, David T.; Over, Thomas M.
Soong, D.T., and Over, T.M., 2015, Analysis of regional rainfall-runoff parameters for the Lake Michigan Diversion hydrological modeling: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5053, 55 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155053.