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

Poultry litter as potential source of pathogens and other contaminants in groundwater and surface water proximal to large-scale confined poultry feeding operations

Manure from livestock production has been associated with the contamination of water resources. To date, research has primarily focused on runoff of these contaminants from animal operations into surface water, and the introduction of poultry-derived pathogenic zoonoses and other contaminants into groundwater is under-investigated. We...

Hubbard, Laura E.; Givens, Carrie E.; Griffin, Dale W.; Iwanowicz, Luke; Meyer, Michael T.; Kolpin, Dana W.

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Evaluation of uncertainty intervals for daily, statistically derived streamflow estimates at ungaged basins across the continental U.S.

Streamflow estimation methods that transfer information from an index gage to an ungaged site are commonly used; however, uncertainty in daily streamflow estimates are often not adequately quantified. In this study, daily streamflow was simulated at 1,331 validation streamgages across the continental United States using four transfer-based...

Levin, Sara B.; Farmer, William H.

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Forecasting the combined effects of anticipated climate change and agricultural conservation practices on fish recruitment dynamics in Lake Erie

Many aquatic ecosystems are experiencing multiple anthropogenic stressors that threaten their ability to support ecologically and economically important fish species. Two of the most ubiquitous stressors are climate change and non‐point source nutrient pollution.Agricultural conservation practices (ACPs, i.e. farming practices that reduce runoff,...

Dippold, David A; Aloysis, Noel; Keitzer, S. Conor; Yen, Haw; Arnold, Jeffrey G.; Daggupati, Prasad; Fraker, Michael E.; Martin, Jay F.; Robertson, Dale M.; Sowa, Scott P.; Johnson, Mari-Vaughn V.; White, Mike J.; Ludsin, Stuart A.

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Ecological status of aquatic communities in selected streams in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District planning area of Wisconsin, 2004–13

A total of 14 wadable streams in urban or urbanizing watersheds near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were sampled in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 to assess the ecological status of aquatic communities (biota), including benthic algae and invertebrates, and fish. To assess temporal variation, additional community sampling was also done at a subset of three...

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.C., Nott, M.A., Stewart, J.S., Sullivan, D.J., Alvarez, D.A., Bell, A.H., and Fitzpatrick, F.A., 2020, Ecological status of aquatic communities in selected streams in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District planning area of Wisconsin, 2004–13: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5035, 84 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205035.

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Simulation of the probabilistic plume extent for a potential replacement wastewater-infiltration lagoon, and probabilistic contributing areas for supply wells for the Town of Lac du Flambeau, Vilas County, Wisconsin

An existing two-dimensional, steady-state groundwater-flow model of the shallow groundwater-flow system of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation in Vilas County, Wisconsin, originally developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, was used to simulate the potential for wastewater from a proposed relocation of a wastewater lagoon to contaminate the Lac du...

Juckem, Paul F.; Fienen, Michael N.
Juckem, P.F., and Fienen, M.N., 2020, Simulation of the probabilistic plume extent for a potential replacement wastewater-infiltration lagoon, and probabilistic contributing areas for supply wells for the Town of Lac du Flambeau, Vilas County, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1032, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201032.

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Simulation of discharge, water-surface elevations, and water temperatures for the St. Louis River estuary, Minnesota-Wisconsin, 2016–17

The St. Louis River estuary is a large freshwater estuary, next to Duluth, Minnesota, that encompasses the headwaters of Lake Superior. The St. Louis River estuary is one of the most complex and compromised near-shore systems in the upper Great Lakes with a long history of environmental contamination caused by logging, mining, paper mills, and...

Smith, Erik A.; Kiesling, Richard L.; Hayter, Earl J.
Smith, E.A., Kiesling, R.L., and Hayter, E.J., 2020, Simulation of discharge, water-surface elevations, and water temperatures for the St. Louis River estuary, Minnesota-Wisconsin, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5028, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205028.

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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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Mercury export from Arctic great rivers

Land–ocean linkages are strong across the circumpolar north, where the Arctic Ocean accounts for 1% of the global ocean volume and receives more than 10% of the global river discharge. Yet estimates of Arctic riverine mercury (Hg) export constrained from direct Hg measurements remain sparse. Here, we report results from a coordinated, year-round...

Zolkos, Scott; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Suslova, Anya; Tank, Suzanne E.; McClelland, James W.; Spencer, Robert G. M.; Shiklomanov, Alexander; Zhulidov, Alexander V.; Gurtovaya, Tatiana; Zimov, Nikita; Zimov, Sergey; Mutter, Edda A.; Kutny, Les; Amos, Edwin; Holmes, Robert M.

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A non-intrusive approach for efficient stochastic emulation and optimization of model-based nitrate-loading management decision support

Use of physically-motivated numerical models like groundwater flow-and-transport models for probabilistic impact assessments and optimization under uncertainty (OUU) typically incurs such a computational burdensome that these tools cannot be used during decision making. The computational challenges associated with these models can be addressed...

White, Jeremy T.; Knowling, Matthew; Fienen, Michael N.; Feinstein, Daniel T.; McDonald, Garry W.; Moore, Catherine R.

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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.