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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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.

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Chemical and physical controls on mercury source signatures in stream fish from the northeastern United States

Streams in the northeastern U.S. receive mercury (Hg) in varying proportions from atmospheric deposition and legacy point sources, making it difficult to attribute shifts in fish concentrations directly back to changes in Hg source management. Mercury stable isotope tracers were utilized to relate sources of Hg to co-located fish and bed sediments...

Janssen, Sarah E.; Riva-Murray, Karen; DeWild, John F.; Ogorek, Jacob M.; Tate, Michael T.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Coles, James F.
Janssen SE, Riva-Murray K, DeWild JF, Ogorek JM, Tate MT, Van Metre PC, et al. Chemical and Physical Controls on Mercury Source Signatures in Stream Fish from the Northeastern United States. Environmental Science & Technology 2019.

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Benthos and plankton of western Lake Michigan Areas of Concern in comparison to non-Areas of Concern for selected rivers and harbors, 2012 and 2014

Since their designation in the 1980s, Areas of Concern (AOCs) around the Great Lakes have been the focus of multi-State and international cleanup efforts that were needed after decades of human activity resulted in severely contaminated sediment, water-quality degradation, loss of habitat for aquatic organisms, and impaired public use. Although...

Eikenberry, Barbara C. Scudder; Olds, Hayley T.; Burns, Daniel J.; Bell, Amanda H.; Carter, James L.
Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Olds, H.T., Burns, D.J., Bell, A.H., and Carter, J.L., 2019, Benthos and plankton of western Lake Michigan Areas of Concern in comparison non-Areas of Concern for to selected rivers and harbors, 2012 and 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5051, 50 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195051.

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Drinking water quality in the glacial aquifer system, northern USA

Groundwater supplies 50% of drinking water worldwide, but compromised water quality from anthropogenic and geogenic contaminants can limit usage of groundwater as a drinking water source. Groundwater quality in the glacial aquifer system, USA (GLAC), is presented in the context of a hydrogeologic framework that divides the study area into 17...

Erickson, Melinda L.; Yager, Richard M.; Kauffman, Leon J.; Wilson, John T.

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Effects of manure and tillage on edge-of-field phosphorus loss in seasonally frozen landscapes

Environmental conditions and management practices affect nutrient losses in surface runoff, but their relative impacts on phosphorus (P) loss during frozen and nonfrozen ground periods have not been well quantified. More specifically, the relative importance of manure application, tillage, and soil-test P (STP) has not been assessed at the field...

Zopp, Zachariah P.; Ruark, Matthew D.; Thompson, Anita M.; Stuntebeck, Todd D.; Cooley, Eric; Radatz, Amber; Radatz, Timothy

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Timber harvest alters mercury bioaccumulation and food web structure in headwater streams

Timber harvest has many effects on aquatic ecosystems, including changes in hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological processes that can influence mercury (Hg) cycling. Although timber harvest’s influence on aqueous Hg transformation and transport are well studied, the effects on Hg bioaccumulation are not. We evaluated Hg bioaccumulation,...

Willacker, James; Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Kowalski, Brandon M; Danehy, Robert J; Jackson, Allyson K.; Adams, Evan M.; Evers, David C.; Eckley, Chris S.; Tate, Michael T.; Krabbenhoft, David P.

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Comparability of different river suspended sediment sampling and laboratory analysis methods and the effect of sand

Accurate measurements of suspended sediment, a leading water-quality impairment in many rivers, are important for managing and protecting water resources; however, water quality standards for suspended sediment in Minnesota are based on grab field sampling and total suspended solids (TSS) laboratory analysis methods. These methods have...

Groten, Joel T.; Johnson, Gregory D.

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Seasonal variation in sediment and phosphorus yields in four Wisconsin agricultural watersheds

Agricultural water quality projects in two distinct topographic regions in Wisconsin collected 5 to 10 yr of continuous stream discharge, suspended sediment (SS), total P (TP), and total dissolved P (TDP) in four watersheds (2100–5000 ha) from 2006 to 2016. Previous agricultural nonpoint SS and TP reduction efforts in two of these watersheds...

Good, Laura W.; Carvin, Rebecca; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.