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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Spatial early warning signals in a lake manipulation

Rapid changes in state have been documented for many of Earth's ecosystems. Despite a growing toolbox of methods for detecting declining resilience or early warning indicators (EWIs) of ecosystem transitions, these methods have rarely been evaluated in whole-ecosystem trials using reference ecosystems. In this study, we experimentally tested EWIs...

Butitta, Vince L.; Carpenter, Stephen R.; Loken, Luke; Pace, Michael L.; Stanley, Emily H.
Butitta, V. L., S. R. Carpenter, L. C. Loken, M. L. Pace, and E. H. Stanley. 2017. Spatial early warning signals in a lake manipulation. Ecosphere 8(10):e01941. 10.1002/ecs2.1941

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Contaminants of emerging concern in tributaries to the Laurentian Great Lakes: I. Patterns of occurrence

Human activities introduce a variety of chemicals to the Laurentian Great Lakes including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, plasticizers, and solvents (collectively referred to as contaminants of emerging concern or CECs) potentially threatening the vitality of these valuable ecosystems. We conducted a basin-wide study to identify the...

Elliott, Sarah M.; Brigham, Mark E.; Lee, Kathy E.; Banda, Jo A.; Choy, Steven J.; Gefell, Daniel J.; Minarik, Thomas A.; Moore, Jeremy N.; Jorgenson, Zachary G.
Elliott SM, Brigham ME, Lee KE, Banda JA, Choy SJ, Gefell DJ, et al. (2017) Contaminants of emerging concern in tributaries to the Laurentian Great Lakes: I. Patterns of occurrence. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0182868. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182868

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Contaminants of emerging concern in tributaries to the Laurentian Great Lakes: II. Biological consequences of exposure

The Laurentian Great Lakes contain one fifth of the world’s surface freshwater and have been impacted by human activity since the Industrial Revolution. In addition to legacy contaminants, nitrification and invasive species, this aquatic ecosystem is also the recipient of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) with poorly understood biological...

Thomas, Linnea M.; Jorgenson, Zachary G.; Brigham, Mark E.; Choy, Steven J.; Moore, Jeremy N.; Banda, Jo A.; Gefell, D.J.; Minarik, Thomas A.; Schoenfuss, Heiko L.
Thomas, L. M.; Jorgenson, Z. G.; Brigham, M. E.; Choy, S. J.; Moore, J. N.; Banda, J. A.; Gefell, D. J.; Minarik, T. A.; Schoenfuss, H. L., Contaminants of emerging concern in tributaries to the Laurentian Great Lakes: II. Biological consequences of exposure. PLOS ONE 2017, 12 (9), e0184725.

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Using models to identify the best data: An example from northern Wisconsin

Linear-based data-worth analysis is an efficient and straightforward method for identifying the most important data for model forecasts.

Leaf, Andrew T.
Leaf, A. T. (2017), Using Models to Identify the Best Data: An Example from Northern Wisconsin. Groundwater, 55: 641–645. doi:10.1111/gwat.12561

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Current-use flame retardants in the water of Lake Michigan tributaries

In this study, we measured the concentrations of 65 flame retardants in water samples from five Lake Michigan tributaries. These flame retardants included organophosphate esters (OPEs), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and Dechlorane-related compounds. A total of 59 samples, including both the particulate and the dissolved phases, were...

Guo, Jiehong; Romanak, Kevin; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Hites, Ronald A.; Venier, Marta
Guo, Jiehong, Romanak, Kevin, Westenbroek, Stephen, Hites, Ronald A., and Venier, Marta, 2017, Current-use flame retardants in Lake Michigan Tributaries: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 51, no. 17, p. 9960-9969.

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Simulation and assessment of groundwater flow and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2003 through 2013: Chapter B of Water levels and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2002 through 2015

Water levels during 2003 through 2013 were less than mean water levels for the period 1925–2013 for several lakes in the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area in Minnesota. Previous periods of low lake-water levels generally were correlated with periods with less than mean precipitation. Increases in groundwater withdrawals and land-use changes...

Jones, Perry M.; Roth, Jason L.; Trost, Jared J.; Christenson, Catherine A.; Diekoff, Aliesha L.; Erickson, Melinda L.
Jones, P.M., Roth, J.L., Trost, J.J., Christenson, C.A., Diekoff, A.L., and Erickson, M.L., 2017, Simulation and assessment of groundwater flow and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes in the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2003 through 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5139–B, 88 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165139B.

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Quantitative microbial risk assessment for spray irrigation of dairy manure based on an empirical fate and transport model

BACKGROUND: Spray irrigation for land-applying livestock manure is increasing in the United States as farms become larger and economies of scale make manure irrigation affordable. Human health risks from exposure to zoonotic pathogens aerosolized during manure irrigation are not well understood. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to a) estimate human health...

Burch, Tucker R.; Spencer, Susan K.; Stokdyk, Joel P.; Kieke, Burney A; Larson, Rebecca A; Firnstahl, Aaron; Rule, Ana M; Borchardt, Mark A.
Burch TR, Spencer SK, Stokdyk JP, Kieke BA, Larson RA, Firnstahl AD, Rule AM, Borchardt MA. 2017. Quantitative microbial risk assessment for spray irrigation of dairy manure based on an empirical fate and transport model. Environmental Health Perspectives 125(8). doi: 10.1289/EHP283

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Water-quality models to assess algal community dynamics, water quality, and fish habitat suitability for two agricultural land-use dominated lakes in Minnesota, 2014

Fish habitat can degrade in many lakes due to summer blue-green algal blooms. Predictive models are needed to better manage and mitigate loss of fish habitat due to these changes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, developed predictive water-quality models for two agricultural land...

Smith, Erik A.; Kiesling, Richard L.; Ziegeweid, Jeffrey R.
Smith, E.A., Kiesling, R.L., and Ziegeweid, J.R., 2017, Water-quality models to assess algal community dynamics, water quality, and fish habitat suitability for two agricultural land-use dominated lakes in Minnesota, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5056, 65 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175056.

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An “EAR” on environmental surveillance and monitoring: A case study on the use of Exposure–Activity Ratios (EARs) to prioritize sites, chemicals, and bioactivities of concern in Great Lakes waters

Current environmental monitoring approaches focus primarily on chemical occurrence. However, based on concentration alone, it can be difficult to identify which compounds may be of toxicological concern and should be prioritized for further monitoring, in-depth testing, or management. This can be problematic because toxicological characterization...

Blackwell, Brett R.; Ankley, Gerald T.; Corsi, Steven R.; DeCicco, Laura A.; Houck, Kieth A.; Judson, Richard S.; Li, Shibin; Martin, Matthew T.; Murphy, Elizabeth; Schroeder, Anthony L.; Smith, Edwin R.; Swintek, Joe; Villeneuve, Daniel L.
TY - JOUR T1 - An “EAR” on Environmental Surveillance and Monitoring: A Case Study on the Use of Exposure–Activity Ratios (EARs) to Prioritize Sites, Chemicals, and Bioactivities of Concern in Great Lakes Waters AU - Blackwell, Brett R. AU - Ankley, Gerald T. AU - Corsi, Steven R. AU - DeCicco, Laura A. AU - Houck, Keith A. AU - Judson, Richard S. AU - Li, Shibin AU - Martin, Matthew T. AU - Murphy, Elizabeth AU - Schroeder, Anthony L. AU - Smith, Edwin R. AU - Swintek, Joe AU - Villeneuve, Daniel L. Y1 - 2017/08/01 PY - 2017 DA - 2017/08/01 N1 - doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 DO - 10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 T2 - Environmental Science & Technology JF - Environmental Science & Technology JO - Environ. Sci. Technol. SP - 8713 EP - 8724 VL - 51 IS - 15 PB - American Chemical Society SN - 0013-936X M3 - doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 ER -

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Highlighting the complexities of a groundwater pilot study during an avian influenza outbreak: Methods, lessons learned, and select contaminant results

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N2) outbreak in the Midwestern United States (US) in 2015 was historic due to the number of birds and poultry operations impacted and the corresponding economic loss to the poultry industry and was the largest animal health emergency in US history. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with the assistance of...

Hubbard, Laura E.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Fields, Chad L. ; Hladik, Michelle L.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.
Hubbard, L.E., Kolpin, D.W., Fields, C.L., Hladik, M.L., Iwanowicz, L.R. 2017. Highlighting the complexities of a groundwater pilot study during an avian influenza outbreak: Methods, lessons learned, and select contaminant results. Environmental Research. v. 158, p. 212-224. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.06.010).

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Collecting a better water-quality sample: Reducing vertical stratification bias in open and closed channels

Collection of water-quality samples that accurately characterize average particle concentrations and distributions in channels can be complicated by large sources of variability. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) developed a fully automated Depth-Integrated Sample Arm (DISA) as a way to reduce bias and improve accuracy in water-quality...

Selbig, William R.

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Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation

Heavy rain fell across northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation on July 11, 2016, as a result of several rounds of thunderstorms. The storms caused major flooding in the Bad River Basin and nearby tributaries along the south shore of Lake Superior. Rainfall totals were 8–10 inches or more and most of the rain fell in an 8-hour period. A...

Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Dantoin, Eric D.; Tillison, Naomi; Watson, Kara M.; Waschbusch, Robert J.; Blount, James D.
Fitzpatrick, F.A., Dantoin, E.D., Tillison, Naomi, Watson, K.M., Waschbusch, R.J., and Blount, J.D., 2017, Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5029, 21 p., 1 app., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175029.