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The Upper Midwest Water Science Center collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on water resources in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. We strive to meet the changing needs of those who use our information—from the distribution, availability, and quality of our water resources to topic-oriented research that addresses current hydrological issues.

Current conditions in MI, MN, and WI

Current conditions in MI, MN, and WI

Explore real-time streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions and access data with our interactive map application.

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Message from the Director

Message from the Director

Learn more about the Upper Midwest Water Science Center from John Walker, our Center Director.

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News

Date published: January 9, 2020

USGS Scientists Presenting at the 30th Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality hosts its 30th Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop, February 11-13, at Boise State University.

Date published: February 19, 2019

Human Bacteria, Viruses from Sewage Found in Some Milwaukee Streams

Two types of human-associated bacteria and three types of human viruses were detected in Milwaukee streams within the Menomonee River watershed, according to a recent study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: December 20, 2018

Design of Private Wells Can Lead to Safer Drinking Water in Minnesota

Minnesota well drillers and landowners will now have new tools to help predict arsenic concentrations in drinking water when building domestic water wells, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Advanced biofilm analysis in streams receiving organic deicer runoff

Prolific heterotrophic biofilm growth is a common occurrence in airport receiving streams containing deicers and anti-icers, which are composed of low-molecular weight organic compounds. This study investigated biofilm spatiotemporal patterns and responses to concurrent and antecedent (i.e., preceding biofilm sampling) environmental conditions at...

Nott, Michelle A; Driscoll, Heather E.; Takeda, Minoru; Vangala, Mahesh; Corsi, Steven; Tighe, Scott W.

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Year Published: 2020

The assessment and remediation of mercury contaminated sites: A review of current approaches

Remediation of mercury (Hg) contaminated sites has long relied on traditional approaches, such as removal and containment/capping. Here we review contemporary practices in the assessment and remediation of industrial-scale Hg contaminated sites and discuss recent advances. Significant improvements have been made in site assessment, including the...

Eckley, Chris S.; Gilmour, Cynthia C; Janssen, Sarah E.; Luxton, Todd P; Randall, Paul M; Whalin, Lindsay; Carrie Austin

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Year Published: 2019

Spatially referenced models of streamflow and nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended-sediment loads in streams of the midwestern United States

In this report, SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) models developed to describe long-term (2000–14) mean-annual streamflow, total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP), and suspended-sediment (SS) transport in streams of the Midwestern part of the United States (the Mississippi River, Great Lakes, and Red River of the...

Robertson, Dale M.; Saad, David A.
Robertson, D.M., and Saad, D.A., 2019, Spatially referenced models of streamflow and nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended-sediment loads in streams of the Midwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5114, 74 p. including 5 appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195114.