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: 125
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

Stable Mercury Isotopic Analyses in Natural Matrices via Rapid Pre-Concentration Method Data Release

This data relates to the development of a modified pre-concentration method for mercury (Hg) stable isotope measurements that uses chemical Hg reduction and gold trap amalgamation followed by semi-rapid thermal desorption (less than 1 hour) and chemical trapping in a novel oxidizing solution. The thermal desorption method was demonstrated to perform adequately on multiple trapping matrices...

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.

Date published: October 24, 2019

USGS Mobile Water Data

The USGS Mobile Water Data site highlights USGS current conditions water data in a mobile-friendly website, allowing users to monitor conditions at a favorite river or stream or locate nearby monitoring locations. All USGS current conditions water data is available.

Date published: October 15, 2019

Stormwater-quality data for lined permeable pavement systems in Madison, WI, from September 2016 through July 2018

This dataset describes water-quality data measured from the parking lot influent and underdrain and overflow effluent from the porous asphalt, pervious concrete, and permeable interlocking concrete paver test plots in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Data include precipitation statistics; influent, overflow, and underdrain volumes; and concentrations and loads of total and dissolved forms of solids,...

Date published: September 12, 2019

Hydrologic indicator statistics used to examine changes in streamflows associated with changing land use practices in Minnesota, 1945-2015

Hydrologic indicator statistics were computed for 82 selected surface water sites located throughout Minnesota using daily streamflow data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Information System (NWIS). The 187 hydrologic indicator statistics were computed in RStudio version 3.5.0 using the EflowStats version 5.0.0 (Mills and Blodgett, 2017) and NWCCompare version 5.0 (...

Date published: September 9, 2019

Southeast Regional Stream Quality Assessment Ecological Data

Aquatic ecological surveys are valuable to understanding the interaction between the biotic and abiotic components in rivers and streams. However, large-scale assessments of the water chemistry, geomorphology, and ecological community are usually not feasible due to limited resources. Beginning in 2013, the Regional Stream Quality Assessment Project of the US Geological Survey’s...