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: 2019

Mercury source changes and food web shifts alter contamination signatures of predatory fish from Lake Michigan

To understand the impact reduced mercury (Hg) loading and invasive species have had on methylmercury bioaccumulation in predator fish of Lake Michigan, we reconstructed bioaccumulation trends from a fish archive (1978 to 2012). By measuring fish Hg stable isotope ratios, we related temporal changes in Hg concentrations to varying Hg sources....

Lepak, Ryan F.; Hoffman, Joel C.; Janssen, Sarah E.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Ogorek, Jacob M.; DeWild, John F.; Tate, Michael T.; Babiarz, Christopher L.; Yin, Runsheng; Murphy, Elizabeth W; Engstrom, Daniel R; Hurley, James P.

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Optical properties of water for prediction of wastewater contamination in surface water

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Corsi, Steven; Sandra McLellan
McFadden, L., Corsi, S.R., McLellan, S., Barker, D., DeMaria, Annette, Caraco, D., Kinzelman, J., Liner, B., and Nenn, C., 2019, Detection of Wastewater Contamination Knowledge Development Forum: WSEC-2019-KDF_TR-001, 32 p.

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Vertical distribution of microplastics in the water column and surficial sediment from the Milwaukee River basin to Lake Michigan

Microplastic contamination was studied along a freshwater continuum from inland streams to the Milwaukee River estuary to Lake Michigan, and vertically from the water surface, water subsurface and sediment. Microplastics were detected in all 96 water samples and nine sediment samples collected. Results indicated a gradient of polymer presence with...

Lenaker, Peter L.; Baldwin, Austin K.; Corsi, Steven R.; Mason, Sherri A.; Reneau, Paul; Scott, John W

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Historic changes to floodplain systems in the Driftless Area

Floodplain systems in the Driftless Area have experienced widespread historical transformations in hydrologic and sediment characteristics as well as rates of hydrogeomorphic processes. These changes exceed natural variability experienced during the Holocene and are driven by nearly two centuries of major land-cover alterations coupled with...

Belby, Colin S.; Spigel, Lindsay J; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.

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Prioritizing chemicals of ecological concern in Great Lakes tributaries using high-throughput screening data and adverse outcome pathways

Chemical monitoring data were collected in surface waters from 57 Great Lakes tributaries from 2010-13 to identify chemicals of potential biological relevance and sites at which these chemicals occur. Traditional water-quality benchmarks for aquatic life based on in vivo toxicity data were available for 34 of 67 evaluated chemicals. To expand...

Corsi, Steven R.; DeCicco, Laura A.; Daniel Villeneuve; Brett Blackwell; Kellie Fay; Gerald Ankley; Baldwin, Austin K.

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Stormwater-quality performance of line permeable pavement systems

Three permeable pavements were evaluated for their ability to improve the quality of stormwater runoff over a 22-month period in Madison, Wisconsin. Using a lined system with no internal water storage, permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP), pervious concrete (PC), and porous asphalt (PA) were able to significantly remove sediment and...

Selbig, William R.; Buer, Nicolas; Danz, Mari

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An evaluation of methods for computing annual water-quality loads

The U.S. Geological Survey publishes information on the mass, or load, of water-quality constituents transported through rivers and streams sampled as part of the operation of the National Water Quality Network (NWQN). This study evaluates methods for computing annual water-quality loads, specifically with respect to procedures currently (2019)...

Lee, Casey J.; Hirsch, Robert M.; Crawford, Charles G.
Lee, C.J., Hirsch, R.M., and Crawford, C.G., 2019, An evaluation of methods for computing annual water-quality loads: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5084, 59 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195084.

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Phosphorus and nitrogen transport in the binational Great Lakes Basin estimated using SPARROW watershed models

Eutrophication problems in the Great Lakes are caused by excessive nutrient inputs (primarily phosphorus, P, and nitrogen, N) from various sources throughout its basin. In developing protection and restoration plans, it is important to know where and from what sources the nutrients originate. As part of a binational effort, Midcontinent SPARROW (...

Robertson, Dale M.; Saad, David A.; Benoy, Glenn A.; Vouk, Ivana; Schwarz, Gregory E.; Laitta, Michael T

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The hydrologic benefits of wetland and prairie restoration in western Minnesota—Lessons learned at the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, 2002–15

Conversion of agricultural lands to wetlands and native prairie is widely viewed as beneficial because it can restore natural ecological and hydrologic functions. Some of these functions, such as reduced peak flows and improved water quality, are often attributed to restoration; however, such benefits have not been quantified at a small scale. To...

Cowdery, Timothy K.; Christenson, Catherine A.; Ziegeweid, Jeffrey R.
Cowdery, T.K., Christenson, C.A., and Ziegeweid, J.R., 2019, The hydrologic benefits of wetland and prairie restoration in western Minnesota—Lessons learned at the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, 2002–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5041, 81 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195041.

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Urban stormwater: An overlooked pathway of extensive mixed contaminants to surface and groundwaters in the United States

Increasing global reliance on stormwater control measures to reduce discharge to surface water, increase groundwater recharge, and minimize contaminant delivery to receiving waterbodies necessitates improved understanding of stormwater-contaminant profiles. A multi-agency study of organic and inorganic chemicals in urban stormwater from 50 runoff...

Masoner, Jason R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Barber, Larry B.; Burden, D.S.; Foreman, William T.; Forshay, Kenneth J.; Furlong, Edward; Groves, Justin F.; Hladik, Michelle; Hopton, Matthew E.; Jaeschke, Jeanne B.; Keefe, Steffanie H.; Krabbenhoft, David; Lowrance , Richard; Romanok, Kristin; Rus, David L.; Selbig, William R.; Williams, Brad; Bradley, Paul

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Estimates of long-term mean daily streamflow and annual nutrient and suspended-sediment loads considered for use in regional SPARROW models of the Conterminous United States, 2012 base year

Streamflow, nutrient, and sediment concentration data needed to estimate long-term mean daily streamflow and annual constituent loads were compiled from Federal, State, Tribal, and regional agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations. The streamflow and loads are used to develop Spatially Referenced Regressions on Watershed...

Saad, David A.; Schwarz, Gregory E.; Argue, Denise M.; Anning, David W. ; Ator, Scott A. ; Hoos, Anne B.; Preston, Stephen D.; Robertson, Dale M.; Wise, Daniel
Saad, D.A., Schwarz, G.E., Argue, D.M., Anning, D.W., Ator, S.W., Hoos, A.B., Preston, S.D., Robertson, D.M., and Wise, D.R., 2019, Estimates of long-term mean daily streamflow and annual nutrient and suspended-sediment loads considered for use in regional SPARROW models of the conterminous United States, 2012 base year: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5069, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195069.

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Tracking phosphorus and sediment sources and transport from fields and channels in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative priority watersheds

A multi-agency, integrated series of studies were initiated in 2017 under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and the University of Minnesota to quantify the source, downstream travel time, and storage of particulate-bound phosphorus and sediment in agricultural tributaries to the Great...

Williamson, Tanja N.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Karwan, Diana L.; Kolka, Randall K.; Dobrowolski, Edward G.; Blount, James; Pawlowski, Ethan D.
Williamson, T.N., F.A. Fitzpatrick, D.L. Karwan, R.K. Kolka, E.G. Dobrowolski, J.D. Blount, et al. 2019. Tracking Phosphorus and Sediment Sources and Transport from Fields and Channels in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Priority Watersheds. In: C. S. P.-P. Chair, editor Federal Interagency Sedimentation and Hydrologic Modeling Conference. Reno, NV. https://www.sedhyd.org/2019/openconf/modules/request.php?module=oc_program&action=view.php&id=79&file=1/79.pdf.