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: 2017

smwrGraphs—An R package for graphing hydrologic data, version 1.1.2

This report describes an R package called smwrGraphs, which consists of a collection of graphing functions for hydrologic data within R, a programming language and software environment for statistical computing. The functions in the package have been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to create high-quality graphs for publication or...

Lorenz, David L.; Diekoff, Aliesha L.
Lorenz, D.L., and Diekoff, A.L., 2017, smwrGraphs—An R package for graphing hydrologic data, version 1.1.2: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1188, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161188. [Supersedes USGS Open-File Report 2015–1202.]

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Lake levels and water quality in comparison to fish mercury body burdens, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, 2013–15

Within Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, lake levels are controlled by a series of dams to support a variety of uses. Previous research indicates a link between these artificially maintained water levels, referred to as rule curves, and mercury concentrations in fish owing to the drying and rewetting of wetlands and other nearshore areas,...

Christensen, Victoria G.; Larson, James H.; Maki, Ryan P.; Sandheinrich, Mark B.; Brigham, Mark E.; Kissane, Claire; LeDuc, Jamie F.
Christensen, V.G., Larson, J.H., Maki, R.P., Sandheinrich, M.B., Brigham, M.E., Kissane, Claire, and LeDuc, J.F., 2017, Lake levels and water quality in comparison to fish mercury body burdens, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, 2013–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5175, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165175.

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Pathogen transport in groundwater systems: Contrasts with traditional solute transport

Water quality affects many aspects of water availability, from precluding use to societal perceptions of fit-for-purpose. Pathogen source and transport processes are drivers of water quality because they have been responsible for numerous outbreaks resulting in large economic losses due to illness and, in some cases, loss of life. Outbreaks result...

Hunt, Randall J.; Johnson, William P.
Hunt, R.J. and Johnson, W.P., 2016, Hydrogeol J. doi:10.1007/s10040-016-1502-z

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State of Great Lakes 2017 Technical Report: Indicators to assess the status and trends of the Great Lakes ecosystem

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Van Stempvoort, Dale; Zhang, George; Hoard, Christopher J.; Spoelstra, John; Granneman, Norman; MacRitchie, Scott; Cherwaty, Stacey
Environment and Climate Change Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2017. State of the Great Lakes 2017 Technical Report. Cat No. En161‐3/1E‐PDF. EPA 905‐R‐17‐001. Available at https://binational.net/2017/06/19/sogl-edgl-2017/ .

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Primary sources and toxicity of PAHs in Milwaukee-area streambed sediment

High concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in streams can be a significant stressor to aquatic organisms. To understand the likely sources and toxicity of PAHs in Milwaukee-area streams, streambed sediment samples from 40 sites and parking lot dust samples from 6 sites were analyzed for 38 parent PAHs and 25 alkylated PAHs....

Baldwin, Austin K.; Corsi, Steven R.; Lutz, Michelle A.; Ingersoll, Christopher G.; Dorman, Rebecca A.; Magruder, Christopher; Magruder, Matthew

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Year Published: 2016

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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Year Published: 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

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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Year Published: 2016

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.