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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A manual to identify sources of fluvial sediment

Sediment is an important pollutant of concern that can degrade and alter aquatic habitat. A sediment budget is an accounting of the sources, storage, and export of sediment over a defined spatial and temporal scale. This manual focuses on field approaches to estimate a sediment budget. We also highlight the sediment fingerprinting approach to...

Gellis, Allen C.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Schubauer-Berigan, Joseph
Gellis, A., Fitzpatrick, F., and Schubauer-Berigan, J., 2016, A manual to identify sources of fluvial sediment: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report EPA/600/R-16/210, 106 p., accessed February 23, 2017, at https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi/P100QVM1.PDF?Dockey=P100QVM1.PDF.

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Suspended-sediment concentrations, bedload, particle sizes, surrogate measurements, and annual sediment loads for selected sites in the lower Minnesota River Basin, water years 2011 through 2016

Accurate measurements of fluvial sediment are important for assessing stream ecological health, calculating flood levels, computing sediment budgets, and managing and protecting water resources. Sediment-enriched rivers in Minnesota are a concern among Federal, State, and local governments because turbidity and sediment-laden waters are the...

Groten, Joel T.; Ellison, Christopher A.; Hendrickson, Jon S.
Groten, J.T., Ellison, C.A., and Hendrickson, J.S., 2016, Suspended-sediment concentrations, bedload, particle sizes, surrogate measurements, and annual sediment loads for selected sites in the lower Minnesota River Basin, water years 2011 through 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5174, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165174.

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Identification of Marbon in the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal

Marbon is isomeric with Dechlorane Plus (DP). Both are produced by the Diels− Alder condensation of hexachlorocyclopentadiene with cyclic dienes, and both have elemental compositions of C18H12Cl12. Dechlorane Plus is commonly found in the environment throughout the world, but Marbon has, so far, only been detected at low levels in one sediment...

Guo, Jiehong; Venier, Marta; Romanak, Kevin; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Hites, Ronald A.
Guo, J., Venier, M., Romanak, K., Westenbroek, S., and Hites, R.A., 2016, Identification of Marbon in the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 50, no. 24, p. 13232–13238.

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Occurrence and effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the St. Croix River

The St. Croix River is one of the last undisturbed, large floodplain rivers in the upper Mississippi River System. The Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway encompasses 255 river miles from the St. Croix Flowage and Namekagon River to the confluence of the St. Croix River with the Mississippi River at Prescott, Wisconsin. The Wild and Scenic Rivers...

Elliott, Sarah M.; Lee, Kathy E.

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Shifting currents: Progress, setbacks, and shifts in policy and practice

The Wisconsin Academy’s initial Waters of Wisconsin project (WOW I) facilitated a statewide conversation between 2000 and 2003 around one main question: How can we ensure healthy aquatic ecosystems and clean, abundant water supplies for tomorrow’s Wisconsin? Robust participation in this conversation underscored the important role citizens have in...

Dunning, Charles; Robertson, Dale M.
WASAL. Shifting Currents: Progress, Setbacks, and Shifts in Policy and Practice, Edited by Jane Elder, Meredith Keller, et al. Madison: Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, 2016.

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The 2016 groundwater flow model for Dane County, Wisconsin

A new groundwater flow model for Dane County, Wisconsin, replaces an earlier model developed in the 1990s by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This modeling study was conducted cooperatively by the WGNHS and the USGS with funding from the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (...

Parsen, Michael J.; Bradbury, Kenneth R.; Hunt, Randall J.; Feinstein, Daniel T.
Parsen, M.J., Bradbury, K.R., Hunt, R.J., and Feinstein, D.T., 2016, The 2016 Groundwater Flow Model for Dane County, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 110, 56 p. ISBN 978-0-88169-992-0

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A-DROP: A predictive model for the formation of oil particle aggregates (OPAs)

Oil–particle interactions play a major role in removal of free oil from the water column. We present a new conceptual–numerical model, A-DROP, to predict oil amount trapped in oil–particle aggregates. A new conceptual formulation of oil–particle coagulation efficiency is introduced to account for the effects of oil stabilization by particles,...

Zhao, Lin; Boufadel, Michel C.; Geng, Xiaolong; Lee, Kenneth; King, Thomas; Robinson, Brian H.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.
Zhao, L., Boufadel, M.C., Geng, X., Lee, K., King, T., Robinson, B., Fitzpatrick, F., 2016, A-DROP: A predictive model for the formation of oil particle aggregates (OPAs):Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 106, p. 245-259.

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Migratory bird habitat in relation to tile drainage and poorly drained hydrologic soil groups

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is home to more than 50% of the migratory waterfowl in North America. Although the PPR provides an abundance of temporary and permanent wetlands for nesting and feeding, increases in commodity prices and agricultural drainage practices have led to a trend of wetland drainage. The Northern Shoveler is a migratory...

Kastner, Brandi; Christensen, Victoria G.; Williamson, Tanja N.; Sanocki, Chris A.

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Western Lake Erie Basin: Soft-data-constrained, NHDPlus resolution watershed modeling and exploration of applicable conservation scenarios

Complex watershed simulation models are powerful tools that can help scientists and policy-makers address challenging topics, such as land use management and water security. In the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), complex hydrological models have been applied at various scales to help describe relationships between land use and water, nutrient, and...

Yen, Haw; White, Michael J.; Arnold, Jeffrey G.; Keitzer, S. Conor; Johnson, Mari-Vaughn V; Atwood, Jay D.; Daggupati, Prasad; Herbert, Matthew E.; Sowa, Scott P.; Ludsin, Stuart A.; Robertson, Dale M.; Srinivasan, Raghavan; Rewa, Charles A.

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Application of dimensionless sediment rating curves to predict suspended-sediment concentrations, bedload, and annual sediment loads for rivers in Minnesota

Consistent and reliable sediment data are needed by Federal, State, and local government agencies responsible for monitoring water quality, planning river restoration, quantifying sediment budgets, and evaluating the effectiveness of sediment reduction strategies. Heightened concerns about excessive sediment in rivers and the challenge to reduce...

Ellison, Christopher A.; Groten, Joel T.; Lorenz, David L.; Koller, Karl S.
Ellison, C.A., Groten, J.T., Lorenz, D.L., and Koller, K.S., 2016, Application of dimensionless sediment rating curves to predict suspended-sediment concentrations, bedload, and annual sediment loads for rivers in Minnesota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5146, 68 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165146.

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Plastic debris in 29 Great Lakes tributaries: Relations to watershed attributes and hydrology

Plastic debris is a growing contaminant of concern in freshwater environments, yet sources, transport, and fate remain unclear. This study characterized the quantity and morphology of floating micro- and macroplastics in 29 Great Lakes tributaries in six states under different land covers, wastewater effluent contributions, population densities,...

Baldwin, Austin K.; Corsi, Steven R.; Mason, Sherri A.
Baldwin, AK, Corsi, SR, Mason, SA, 2016. “Plastic debris in 29 Great Lakes tributaries: relations to watershed attributes and hydrology.” Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (19), pp 10377-10385.

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Water levels and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2002 through 2015

OverviewThis study assessed lake-water levels and regional and local groundwater and surface-water exchanges near northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area lakes applying three approaches: statistical analysis, field study, and groundwater-flow modeling.  Statistical analyses of lake levels were completed to assess the effect of physical...

Jones, Perry M.; Trost, Jared J.; Erickson, Melinda L.
Jones, P.M., Trost, J.J., and Erickson, M.L., eds., 2016, Water levels and groundwater and surface-water exchanges in lakes of the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2002 through 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5139, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165139.