Upper Midwest Water Science Center

Publications

This list of Upper Midwest Water Science Center publications spans from 1899 to present. It includes both official USGS publications and journal articles authored by our scientists. To access the full, searchable catalog of USGS publications, please visit the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2021

Monitoring wetland water quality related to livestock grazing in amphibian habitats

Land use alteration such as livestock grazing can affect water quality in habitats of at-risk wildlife species. Data from managed wetlands are needed to understand levels of exposure for aquatic life stages and monitor grazing-related changes afield. We quantified spatial and temporal variation in water quality in wetlands occupied by threatened...

Smalling, Kelly; Rowe, Jennifer; Pearl, Christopher; Iwanowiczl, Luke R.; Givens, Carrie E.; Anderson, Chauncey W.; Mccreary, Brome; Adams, Michael J.

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Year Published: 2021

Spatial distribution of microplastics in surficial benthic sediment of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie

The spatial distribution, concentration, particle size, and polymer compositions of microplastics in Lake Michigan and Lake Erie sediment were investigated. Fibers/lines were the most abundant of the five particle types characterized. Microplastic particles were observed in all samples with mean concentrations for particles greater than 0.355 mm...

Lenaker, Peter L.; Corsi, Steven R.; Mason, Sherri A.

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The influence of legacy contamination on the transport and bioaccumulation of mercury within the Mobile River Basin

Past industrial use and subsequent release of mercury (Hg) into the environment have resulted in severe cases of legacy contamination that still influence contemporary Hg levels in biota. While the bioaccumulation of legacy Hg is commonly assessed via concentration measurements within fish tissue, this practice becomes difficult in regions of high...

Janssen, Sarah E.; Tate, Michael T.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; DeWild, John F.; Ogorek, Jacob M.; Babiarz, Christopher L.; Sowers, Anthony; Tuttle, Peter L.

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Year Published: 2020

Hydrogeology and groundwater geochemistry of till confining units and confined aquifers in glacial deposits near Litchfield, Cromwell, Akeley, and Olivia, Minnesota, 2014–18

Confined (or buried) aquifers of glacial origin overlain by till confining units provide drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Minnesota residents. The sustainability of these groundwater resources is not well understood because hydraulic properties of till that control vertical groundwater fluxes (leakage) to underlying aquifers are largely...

Trost, Jared J.; Maher, Anna-Turi; Simpkins, William W.; Witt, Alyssa N.; Stark, James R.; Blum, Justin; Berg, Andrew M.
Trost, J.J., Maher, A., Simpkins, W.W., Witt, A.N., Stark, J.R., Blum, J., and Berg, A.M., 2020, Hydrogeology and groundwater geochemistry of till confining units and confined aquifers in glacial deposits near Litchfield, Cromwell, Akeley, and Olivia, Minnesota, 2014–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5127, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205127.

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Year Published: 2020

Effectiveness of submerged vanes for stabilizing streamside bluffs

The effectiveness of submerged vanes for stabilizing streamside bluffs varied over a 10-year monitoring period in a tributary to Lake Superior, United States. Submerged vanes are a river training device used to divert river flows away from eroding banks along meander bends and ultimately hold constant or reverse the direction of lateral migration...

Lee, Benjamin O.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Hoopes, John A.

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Reducing leaf litter contributions of phosphorus and nitrogen to urban stormwater through municipal leaf collection and street cleaning practices

As the boundaries of urban land use continue to expand, environmental managers are looking for innovative ways to reduce export of nutrients from urban sources. Municipal services such as leaf collection and street cleaning have the potential to reduce nutrient pollution at its source while continuing to offer services valued by residents. This...

Selbig, William R.; Buer, Nicolas H.; Bannerman, Roger T.; Gaebler, Phillip
Selbig, W.R., Buer, N.H., Bannerman, R.T., and Gaebler, P., 2020, Reducing leaf litter contributions of phosphorus and nitrogen to urban stormwater through municipal leaf collection and street cleaning practices: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 5109, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205109.

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Effects of a crude-oil recovery remediation system operated 1999–2003 on groundwater plumes and unsaturated-zone vapor concentrations at a crude-oil spill site near Bemidji, Minnesota

A crude-oil spill occurred in 1979 when a pipeline burst near Bemidji, Minnesota. More than 70 percent of the 1.7 million liters of spilled crude oil was removed shortly thereafter. In response to a requirement by the State regulatory agency to remove the remaining crude to a sheen in all wells, in 1998, the pipeline company installed a dual-pump...

Delin, Geoffrey N.; Herkelrath, William N.; Trost, Jared J.
Delin, G.N., Herkelrath, W.N., and Trost, J.J., 2020, Effects of a crude-oil recovery remediation system operated 1999–2003 on groundwater plumes and unsaturated-zone vapor concentrations at a crude-oil spill site near Bemidji, Minnesota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5111, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205111.

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Physical and chemical stressors on algal, invertebrate, and fish communities in 14 Milwaukee area streams, 2004–2013

In 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began sampling 14 wadable streams in urban or urbanizing watersheds near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The overall goal of the study is to assess the health of the aquatic communities in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District planning area to inform current and future watershed management. In addition to...

Eikenberry, Barbara C. Scudder; Nott, Michelle A.; Stewart, Jana S.; Sullivan, Daniel J.; Alvarez, David A.; Bell, Amanda H.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.
Scudder Eikenberry, B., Nott, M.A., Stewart, J.S., Sullivan, D.J., Alvarez, D.A., Bell, A.H., and Fitzpatrick, F.A., 2020, Physical and chemical stressors on algal, invertebrate, and fish communities in 14 Milwaukee area streams, 2004–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3051, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203051.

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Year Published: 2020

Utica shale play oil and gas brines: Geochemistry and factors influencing wastewater management

The Utica and Marcellus Shale Plays in the Appalachian Basin are the fourth and first largest natural gas producing plays in the United States, respectively. Hydrocarbon production generates large volumes of brine (“produced water”) that must be disposed of, treated, or reused. Though Marcellus brines have been studied extensively, there are few...

Blondes, Madalyn S.; Shelton, Jenna L.; Engle, Mark A; Trembly, Jason; Doolan, Colin A.; Jubb, Aaron M.; Chenault, Jessica; Rowan, Elisabeth L.; Haefner, Ralph J.; Mailot, Brian E.

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Year Published: 2020

Observed and modeled mercury and dissolved organic carbon concentrations and loads at control structure S-12D, Florida Everglades, 2013–17

Mercury (Hg) has been a contaminant of concern for several decades in South Florida, particularly in the Florida Everglades. The transport and bioavailability of Hg in aquatic systems is intimately linked to dissolved organic carbon (DOC). In aquatic systems, Hg can be converted to methylmercury (MeHg), which is the form of Hg that bioaccumulates...

Booth, Amanda; Poulin, Brett A.; Krabbenhoft, David P.
Booth, A.C., Poulin, B.A., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2020, Observed and modeled mercury and dissolved organic carbon concentrations and loads at control structure S-12D, Florida Everglades, 2013–17: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1092, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201092.

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Year Published: 2020

Rapid-assessment test strips: Effectiveness forcyanotoxin monitoring in a northern temperatelake

Precise and rapid methods of determining toxin levels are needed in lakes used for recreation and drinking water to facilitate a quick risk assessment during cyanobacteria blooms. Therefore, we evaluated rapid-assessment test strips, a newer technology for estimating the toxicity of cyanobacterial blooms, in Kabetogama Lake, a popular recreational...

LeDuc, Jaime F.; Christensen, Victoria; Maki, Ryan P.

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Hydrology of Haskell Lake and investigation of a groundwater contamination plume, Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Wisconsin

Haskell Lake is a shallow, 89-acre drainage lake in the headwaters of the Squirrel River, on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in northern Wisconsin. The lake has long been valued by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (LDF Tribe) for abundant wild rice and game fish. In recent decades, however, wild rice has mostly...

Leaf, Andrew T.; Haserodt, Megan J.
Leaf, A.T., and Haserodt, M.J., 2020, Hydrology of Haskell Lake and investigation of a groundwater contamination plume, Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5024, 79 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205024.