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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

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

Potential groundwater recharge rates for two subsurface-drained agricultural fields, southeastern Minnesota, 2016–18

Subsurface drainage is used to efficiently drain saturated soils to support productive agriculture in poorly drained terrains. Although subsurface drainage alters the water balance for agricultural fields, its effect on groundwater resources and groundwater recharge is poorly understood. In Minnesota, subsurface drainage has begun to increase in...

Smith, Erik A.; Berg, Andrew M.
Smith, E.A., and Berg, A.M., 2020, Potential groundwater recharge rates for two subsurface-drained agricultural fields, southeastern Minnesota, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5006, 57 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205006.

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Evaluation of legacy and emerging organic chemicals using passive sampling devices on the North Branch Au Sable River near Lovells, Michigan, June 2018

The North Branch Au Sable River, located in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan near Lovells, Michigan, has historically been known for its brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and its status as a blue ribbon trout stream; however, within the past few decades, there has been a decline in fish population. The objectives of this study were to...

Brennan, Angela K.; Alvarez, David A.
Brennan, A.K., and Alvarez, D.A., 2020, Evaluation of legacy and emerging organic chemicals using passive sampling devices on the North Branch Au Sable River near Lovells, Michigan, June 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5002, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205002.

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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.