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: 2020

Using small unmanned aircraft systems for measuring post-flood high-water marks and streambed elevations

Floods affected approximately two billion people around the world from 1998–2017, causing over 142,000 fatalities and over 656 billion U.S. dollars in economic losses. Flood data, such as the extent of inundation and peak flood stage, are needed to define the environmental, economic, and social impacts of significant flood events. Ground-based...

Forbes, Brandon T.; DeBenedetto, Geoffrey; Dickinson, Jesse E.; Bunch, Claire; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.

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Viral, bacterial, and protozoan pathogens and fecal markers in wells supplying groundwater to public water systems in Minnesota, USA

Drinking water supply wells can be contaminated by a broad range of waterborne pathogens. However, groundwater assessments frequently measure microbial indicators or a single pathogen type, which provides a limited characterization of potential health risk. This study assessed contamination of wells by testing for viral, bacterial, and protozoan...

Stokdyk, Joel P.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Walsh, James F. ; Spencer, Susan K.; de Lambert, Jane R.; Anderson, Anita C.; Rezania, Lih-in W.; Kieke, Burney A; Borchardt, Mark A.

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Septic systems and rainfall influence human fecal markers and indicator organisms occurrence in private wells in southeastern Pennsylvania

In the United States approximately 48 million people are served by private wells. Unlike public water systems, private well water quality is not monitored and there are few studies on the extent and sources of contamination of private wells. We extensively investigated five private wells to understand the variability in microbial contamination,...

Murphy, Heather; McGinnis, Shannon; Blunt, Ryan; Stokdyk, Joel P.; Wu, Jingwei; Cagle, Alexander; Denno, Donna; Spencer, Susan K.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Borchardt, Mark A.

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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.

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The assessment and remediation of mercury contaminated sites: A review of current approaches

Remediation of mercury (Hg) contaminated sites has long relied on traditional approaches, such as removal and containment/capping. Here we review contemporary practices in the assessment and remediation of industrial-scale Hg contaminated sites and discuss recent advances. Significant improvements have been made in site assessment, including the...

Eckley, Chris S.; Gilmour, Cynthia C; Janssen, Sarah E.; Luxton, Todd P; Randall, Paul M; Whalin, Lindsay; Carrie Austin

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Groundwater flow model for Western Chippewa County–Including analysis of water resources related to industrial sand mining and irrigated agriculture

A groundwater flow model for western Chippewa County, Wisconsin, was developed by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) using the computer program MODFLOW. The model is the result of a five-year groundwater study commissioned by Chippewa County in 2012 to evaluate the effects of...

Parsen, Michael; Juckem, Paul F.; Gotkowitz, Madeline; Fienen, Michael N.

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Spatially referenced models of streamflow and nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended-sediment loads in streams of the midwestern United States

In this report, SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) models developed to describe long-term (2000–14) mean-annual streamflow, total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP), and suspended-sediment (SS) transport in streams of the Midwestern part of the United States (the Mississippi River, Great Lakes, and Red River of the...

Robertson, Dale M.; Saad, David A.
Robertson, D.M., and Saad, D.A., 2019, Spatially referenced models of streamflow and nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended-sediment loads in streams of the Midwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5114, 74 p. including 5 appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195114.

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Isolation of methylmercury using distillation and anion-exchange chromatography for isotopic analyses in natural matrices

The development of mercury (Hg) stable isotope measurements has enhanced the study of Hg sources and transformations in the environment. As a result of the mixing of inorganic Hg (iHg) and methylmercury (MeHg) species within organisms of the aquatic food web, understanding species-specific Hg stable isotopic compositions is of significant...

Rosera, Tylor; Janssen, Sarah E.; Tate, Michael T.; Lepak, Ryan F.; Ogorek, Jacob M.; DeWild, John F.; Babiarz, Christopher L.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Hurley, James P.

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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.