Upper Midwest Water Science Center

Data and Tools

The Upper Midwest Water Science Center collects, analyzes, and distributes data on a variety of water-related issues and resources. Much of our data is publicly available through the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS):

Surface water:  MI • MN • WI
Groundwater:  MI • MN • WI
Water quality:  MI • MN • WI

Water use:  MI • MN • WI

NWIS site inventory:  MI • MN • WI

Flood Inundation Mapper

Flood Inundation Mapper

USGS Flood Inundation Maps provide information that is critical for flood-response activities, such as evacuations and road closures, as well as for post-flood recovery efforts.

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StreamStats

StreamStats

StreamStats provides analytical tools for water-resources planning, management, engineering, and design purposes. The map-based interface can be used to delineate drainage areas, get basin characteristics and estimates of flow statistics, and more.

StreamStats

USGS Water-Data Quick Links

Explore the sites below to access other USGS water data tools and repositories:

Water Alert

WaterWatch (surface water)

Groundwater Watch

WaterQualityWatch

NWIS Mapper

USGS Water Data web services

Water Quality Portal

Filter Total Items: 133
Date published: January 6, 2020

SPARROW model inputs and simulated streamflow, nutrient and suspended-sediment loads in streams of the Midwestern United States, 2012 Base Year

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) model was used to aid in the interpretation of monitoring data and simulate streamflow and water-quality conditions in streams across the Midwest Region of the United States. SPARROW is a hybrid empirical/process-based mass balance model that can be used to estimate the major so

Date published: December 23, 2019

Select pipe-flow monitoring data from RecoveryPark in Detroit, MI (2015–2016)

This dataset includes pipe-flow monitoring data in sewers used to analyze the water budget at RecoveryPark in Detroit, Michigan. These are provided as 3 text *.csv files at sewer locations that drain the study area.

Date published: December 20, 2019

Isolation of Methylmercury Using Distillation and Anion-Exchange Chromatography for Isotopic Analyses in Natural Matrices Data Release

This dataset consists of concentration and isotopic data for a method designed to isolate and analyze methylmercury. Several matrices (lab-based, and natural) were tested to ensure that the method was capable of recovering methylmercury amendments. Additionally, natural matrices (plankton and sediment) with ambient methylmercury were also analyzed to ensure that the method could be su

Date published: December 16, 2019

Gruber's Grove Bay Mercury Site Assessment Data Release

Mercury (Hg) concentrations and isotopic compositions were collected in sediments, soils, and suspended particulate matter from Gruber's Grove Bay (GGB) and upstream reference sites to inform future remedial efforts. The highest concentrations and isotopic signatures (?202Hg) were observed in soils collected from historic water settling ponds from the Badger Army Ammunition Pl

Date published: November 5, 2019

Updated CE–QUAL–W2 water-quality model for Madison Lake, Minnesota (2014 and 2016)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the St. Croix River Research Station – Science Museum of Minnesota, updated a previously developed CE-QUAL-W2 hydrodynamic and water-quality model of Madison Lake, Minnesota (Smith and others, 2017). The previous version simulated phytoplankton into four general algal communities or groups: (1) Bacillariophyta (diatoms) and...

Date published: November 5, 2019

Updated CE–QUAL–W2 water-quality model for Madison Lake, Minnesota (2014 and 2016)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the St. Croix River Research Station – Science Museum of Minnesota, updated a previously developed CE-QUAL-W2 hydrodynamic and water-quality model of Madison Lake, Minnesota (Smith and others, 2017). The previous version simulated phytoplankton into four general algal communities or groups: (1) Bacillariophyta %2

Date published: October 24, 2019

WaterWatch (surface water)

WaterWatch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States, including flood and droughts. Real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Date published: October 24, 2019

Groundwater Watch

Groundwater Watch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and historical groundwater data from wells and springs across the United States. Groundwater Watch groups related wells and data from active well networks and provides basic statistics about the water-level data collected by the USGS and from data supplied to us from partners through cooperative agreements.

Date published: October 24, 2019

WaterQualityWatch

WaterQualityWatch provides access to real-time water-quality data collected at more than 2,000 stream sites throughout the United States, including streamflow, water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrate.

Date published: October 24, 2019

WaterNow

The USGS WaterNow service lets users receive current conditions for USGS water-data-collection stations on demand via email or cell-phone text message. The user sends an email or text message containing a USGS current-conditions gaging site number, and will quickly receive a reply with the station's most recent data for one or more of its monitored parameters.

Date published: October 24, 2019

WaterAlert

The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies.

Date published: October 24, 2019

NWIS Current Water Data (Real-Time Data)

The USGS provides real-time or near-real-time conditions water data at sites across the Nation. Current data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events.