Upper Midwest Water Science Center


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.

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Message from the Director

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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.

Date published: March 7, 2018

USGS Flood Experts Respond to High Water in Central, Northeastern U.S.

Crews from the U.S. Geological Survey have been in the field for weeks measuring flooding in the Midwest and in the Mississippi River watershed, and more recently flooding and storm tides on the Northern Atlantic coast, as higher temperatures, heavy rain, snowmelt and nor’easters affected numerous states. 


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Year Published: 2019

Evaluation of stormwater treatment vault with Coanda-effect screen for removal of solids and phosphorus in urban runoff

Catch basins commonly are used by cities as part of a stormwater management plan to remove sediment and associated contaminants from stormwater, keeping them in compliance with regulations. Recently, the city of Madison, Wisconsin modified traditional catch basins by incorporating a fine-mesh (1-mm) Coanda-effect screen into the design with the...

Buer, Nicolas; Selbig, William R.

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Seasonal epilimnetic temperature patterns and trends in a suite of lakes from Wisconsin (USA), Germany and Finland

Epilimnetic temperatures from the early 1980s through 2017 were analyzed for 12 Wisconsin, German and Finnish lakes. Seasonal temperature metrics exhibited large interannual variability with trends differing among regions. In the Wisconsin lakes, only late summer and fall temperatures increased significantly. In the northeastern Germany lakes,...

Lathrop, Richard C.; Kasprzak, Peter; Tarvainen, Marjo; Ventela, Anne-Mari; Keskinen, Tapio; Koschel, Rainer; Robertson, Dale M.

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Year Published: 2019

Phytoplankton community and algal toxicity at a recurring bloom in Sullivan Bay, Kabetogama Lake, Minnesota, USA

Kabetogama Lake in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, USA suffers from recurring late summer algal blooms that often contain toxin-producing cyanobacteria. Previous research identified the toxin microcystin in blooms, but we wanted to better understand how the algal and cyanobacterial community changed throughout an open water season and how...

Christensen, Victoria; Ryan P. Maki; Stelzer, Erin; Norland, Jack E.; Khan, Eakalak