Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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Year Published: 2019

Resurgence of cisco (Coregonus artedi) population levels in Lake Michigan

In recent decades, many factors that were linked with the decline of Great Lakes cisco (Coregonus artedi) populations have subsided. The goal of this study was to investigate where cisco exist in Lake Michigan and evaluate evidence for recovery including when, where, and to what extent it is occurring. We evaluated datasets from several...

Claramunt, Randall M.; Smith, Jason; Donner, Kevin; Povolo, Annalise; Herbert, Matthew E.; Galarowicz, Tracy; Claramunt, Tracy L.; DeBoe, Scott; Stott, Wendylee; Jonas, Jory L.

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Conducting and interpreting fish telemetry studies: Considerations for researchers and resource managers

Telemetry is an increasingly common tool for studying the ecology of wild fish, with great potential to provide valuable information for management and conservation. For researchers to conduct a robust telemetry study, many essential considerations exist related to selecting the appropriate tag type, fish capture and tagging methods, tracking...

Brownscombe, Jacob W; Ledee, Elodie; Raby, Graham D.; Struthers, Daniel P; Gutowsky, Lee F G; Nguyen, Vivian M.; Young, Nathan; Stokesbury, Michael J W; Holbrook, Christopher; Brenden, Travis O.; Vandergoot, Christopher; Murchie, Karen J; Whoriskey, Kim; Mills-Flemming, Joanna; Kessel, Steven T.; Krueger, Charles C.; Cooke, Steven J.

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Climate, streamflow, and lake-level trends in the Great Lakes Basin of the United States and Canada, water years 1960–2015

Water levels in the Great Lakes fluctuate substantially because of complex interactions among inputs (precipitation and streamflow), outputs (evaporation and outflow), and other factors. This report by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was completed to describe trends in climate, streamflow, lake...

Norton, Parker A.; Driscoll, Daniel G.; Carter, Janet M.
Norton, P.A., Driscoll, D.G., and Carter, J.M., 2019, Climate, streamflow, and lake-level trends in the Great Lakes Basin of the United States and Canada, water years 1960–2015: Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5003, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195003.

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Contemporary environmental assessment using a viability analysis in a large river system to inform restoration and adaptive management decisions

As large-scale restoration plans for degraded aquatic habitats evolve, it is essential that multiorganizational collaborations have a common vision to achieve consensus on restoration goals. Development of restoration targets and postrestoration monitoring strategies can be focused using a viability analysis framework that supports an adaptive...

DeBruyne, Robin L.; Roseman, Edward F.; Ross, Jason E.; Newman, Kurt R.; Strach, Russell M.
DeBruyne, R.L., Roseman, E.F., Ross, J.E., Newman, K.R., and Strach, R.M., 2019, Contemporary environmental assessment using a viability analysis in a large river system to inform restoration and adaptive management decisions: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5002, 59 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195002.

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Delineation of tile-drain networks using thermal and multispectral imagery—Implications for water quantity and quality differences from paired edge-of-field sites

As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, paired edge-of-field sites were established in high priority subwatersheds to assess the effectiveness of agricultural management practices. One pairing was in Black Creek, a tributary to the Maumee River and Lake Erie. These fields were paired because of similarity in soils, topography, and...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Dobrowolski, Edward G.; Meyer, Shawn M.; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Allred, Barry J.

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Assessing the impact of site-specific BMPs using a spatially explicit, field-scale SWAT model with edge-of-field and tile hydrology and water-quality data in the Eagle Creek watershed, Ohio

The Eagle Creek watershed, a small subbasin (125 km2) within the Maumee River Basin, Ohio, was selected as a part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) “Priority Watersheds” program to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) funded through GLRI at the field and watershed scales. The location and...

Merriman, Katherine R.; Daggupati, Prasad; Srinivasan, Raghavan; Toussant, Chad; Russell, Amy M.; Hayhurst, Brett A.
Merriman KR, Daggupati P, Srinivasan R, Toussant C, Russell AM, Hayhurst B. Assessing the Impact of Site-Specific BMPs Using a Spatially Explicit, Field-Scale SWAT Model with Edge-of-Field and Tile Hydrology and Water-Quality Data in the Eagle Creek Watershed, Ohio. Water. 2018; 10(10):1299.

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Measuring and evaluating ecological flows from streams to regions: Steps towards national coverage

Living aquatic communities are largely determined and maintained by the volume and quality of flowing waters, both within lotic systems and in receiving waters of coastal systems. However, flow is one of the most frequently and extensively altered features of rivers and streams; alteration effects are likely to be exacerbated by climate change....

McKenna, James E.; Reeves, Howard W.; Seelbach, Paul
McKenna, James E. Jr., Howard W. Reeves, and Paul W. Seelbach. 2018. Measuring and Evaluating Ecological Flows from Streams to Regions: Steps Toward National Coverage. Freshwater Biology.

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Identifying and eliminating sources of recreational water quality degradation along an urban coast

Restoration of highly degraded urban coastal waters often requires large-scale, complex projects, but in the interim, smaller-scale efforts can provide immediate improvements to water quality conditions for visitor use. We examined short-term efforts to improve recreational water quality near the Grand Calumet River (GC) in the Laurentian Great...

Nevers, Meredith B.; Byappanahalli, Muruleedhara; Shively, Dawn; Buszka, Paul M.; Jackson, P. Ryan; Phanikumar, Mantha S.
Nevers, M.B., M.N. Byappanahalli, D. Shively, P. Buszka, P.R. Jackson, M. Phanikumar. 2018 Identifying and Eliminating Sources of Recreational Water Quality Degradation along an Urban Coast. Journal of Environmental Quality 47:1042-1050.

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Reproductive success and contaminant associations in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) used to assess a Beneficial Use Impairment in U.S. and Binational Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern

During 2010-2014, tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) reproductive success was monitored at 68 sites across all 5 Great Lakes, including 58 sites located within Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) and 10 non-AOCs. Sample eggs were collected from tree swallow clutches and analyzed for contaminants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins...

Custer, Christine M.; Custer, Thomas W.; Etterson, Matthew A.; Dummer, Paul; Goldberg, Diana R.; Franson, J. Christian
Custer, C.M., Custer, T.W., Etterson, M.A., Dummer, P.M., Goldberg, D., Franson, J.C. 2018. Reproductive success and contaminant associations in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) used to assess a Beneficial Use Impairment in U.S. and Binational Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern. Ecotoxicology. 27:457-476. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-018-1913-9.

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Annual variation in polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure in tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) eggs and nestlings at Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) study sites

Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) eggs and nestlings were collected from 16 sites across the Great Lakes to quantify normal annual variation in total polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure and to validate the sample size choice in earlier work. A sample size of five eggs or five nestlings per site was adequate to quantify exposure to PCBs in...

Custer, Christine M.; Custer, Thomas W.; Dummer, Paul; Goldberg, Diana R.; Franson, J. Christian
Custer, C.M., Custer, T.W., Dummer, P.M., Goldberg, D., Franson, J.C. 2018. Annual variation in polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure in tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) eggs and nestlings at Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) study sites. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 190:227. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-018-6617-3.

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Calibration of a field-scale Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model with field placement of best management practices in Alger Creek, Michigan

Subwatersheds within the Great Lakes “Priority Watersheds” were targeted by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to determine the effectiveness of the various best management practices (BMPs) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service National Conservation Planning (NCP) Database. A Soil and Water...

Merriman-Hoehne, Katherine R.; Russell, Amy M.; Rachol, Cynthia M.; Daggupati, Prasad; Srinivasan, Raghavan; Hayhurst, Brett A.; Stuntebeck, Todd D.
Merriman KR, Russell AM, Rachol CM, Daggupati P, Srinivasan R, Hayhurst BA, Stuntebeck TD. Calibration of a Field-Scale Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Model with Field Placement of Best Management Practices in Alger Creek, Michigan. Sustainability. 2018; 10(3):851.

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A surrogate regression approach for computing continuous loads for the tributary nutrient and sediment monitoring program on the Great Lakes

Water quality (WQ) in many Great Lake tributaries has been degraded (increased nutrient and sediment concentrations) due to changes in their watersheds, resulting in downstream eutrophication. As part of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, specific goals were established for loading of specific constituents (e.g.,...

Robertson, Dale M.; Hubbard, Laura E.; Lorenz, David L.; Sullivan, Daniel J.