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

Automated time-series measurement of microbial concentrations in groundwater-derived water supplies

Fecal contamination by human and animal pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, is a potential human health hazard, especially with regards to drinking water. Pathogen occurrence in groundwater varies considerably in space and time, which can be difficult to characterize as sampling typically requires hundreds of liters of water to...

Owens, David W.; Hunt, Randall J.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Muldoon, Maureen A.; Borchardt, Mark A.

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Nitrogen cycling in large temperate floodplain rivers of contrasting nutrient regimes and management

Hydraulic connection between channels and floodplains (“connectivity”) is a fundamental determinant of ecosystem function in large floodplain rivers. Factors controlling material processing in these rivers depend not only on the degree of connectivity but also on the sediment conditions, nutrient loads, and source. Nutrient cycling in the nutrient...

Richardson, William B.; Bartsch, Lynn A.; Bartsch, Michelle; Kiesling, Richard L.; Mroska-LaFrancois, Brenda

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Stream mercury export in response to contemporary timber harvesting methods (Pacific Coastal Mountains, Oregon, USA)

Land-use activities can alter hydrological and biogeochemical processes that can affect the fate, transformation, and transport of mercury (Hg). Previous studies in boreal forests have shown that forestry operations can have profound, but variable effects on Hg export and methylmercury (MeHg) formation. The Pacific Northwest is an important...

Eckley, Chris S.; Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Tate, Michael T.; Kowalski, Brandon M; Danehy, Robert; Johnson, Sherri L; Krabbenhoft, David P.

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Year Published: 2018

Drain tiles and groundwater resources: Understanding the relations

Executive SummaryDrainage for agricultural production over the past 150 years has been an integral component of human-driven change to Minnesota’s rural landscapes.Benefits of drainageHistorically, poorly drained soils across much of the State would often remain saturated or flooded after spring snowmelt, preventing timely farm operations such as...

Smith, Erik A.; Gillette, Timothy; Blann, Kristen; Coburn, Mary; Hoppie, Bryce; Rhees, Suzanne

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Predicting geogenic arsenic in drinking water wells in glacial aquifers, north-central USA: Accounting for depth-dependent features

Chronic exposure to arsenic (As) via drinking groundwater is a human health concern worldwide. Probabilities of elevated geogenic As concentrations in groundwater were predicted in complex, glacial aquifers in Minnesota, north‐central USA, a region that commonly has elevated As concentrations in well water. Maps of elevated As hazard were created...

Erickson, Melinda L.; Elliott, Sarah M.; Christenson, Catherine; Krall, Aliesha L.

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Geospatial data for developing nutrient SPARROW models for the Midcontinental region of Canada and the United States

Through the International Watersheds Initiative of the International Joint Commission (IJC), the SpatiallyReferenced Regressions on Watershed attributes (SPARROW) model developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is being applied to the Great Lakes, Rainy River – Lake of the Woods and Red-Assiniboine basins. The objective of this binational...

Vouk, Ivana; Burcher, Richard S.; Johnston, Craig M.; Jenkinson, R. Wayne; Saad, David A.; Gaiot, John S.; Benoy, Glenn A.; Robertson, Dale M.; Laitta, Michael

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Groundwater modeling

The state of the science and practice in groundwater modeling brings to mind highly sophisticated computer models that are running in parallel on many multi-processor machines. These models are expected to incorporate many different processes of both saturated and unsaturated groundwater flow and transport and possibly the media to which it...

Haitjema, Henk M.; Hunt, Randall J.

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Book review: Analytical groundwater mechanics

Encapsulating almost 50 years of experience applying mathematics to groundwater flow problems, this latest textbook from Otto Strack (2017) is a tour de force for analytical groundwater approaches. It is comprised of 10 chapters, spanning topics from the basics of groundwater mechanics, to steady state, three‐dimensional, and transient flow, as...

Hunt, Randall J.

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Year Published: 2018

How or when samples are collected affects measured arsenic concentration in new drinking water wells

Naturally occurring arsenic can adversely affect water quality in geologically diverse aquifers throughout the world. Chronic exposure to arsenic via drinking water is a human health concern due to risks for certain cancers, skin abnormalities, peripheral neuropathy, and other negative health effects. Statewide in Minnesota, USA, 11% of samples...

Erickson, Melinda L.; Malenda, Helen F.; Berquist, Emily C.

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Characterization of groundwater resources in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin: Nicolet Unit

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Fehling, Anna; Bradbury, Ken; Schoephoester, Peter R.; Mauel, Stephen; Leaf, Andrew T.; Juckem, Paul; Hunt, Randall

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Characterization of groundwater resources in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin: Washburn/Great Divide Unit

No abstract; report has an executive summary.

Anna Fehling; Ken Bradbury; Peter R. Schoephoester; Stephen Mauel; Leaf, Andrew T.; Juckem, Paul; Hunt, Randall
Fehling, A.C., Bradbury, K.R., Leaf, A.T., Pruitt, A., Hunt, R.J., Mauel, S.M., Schoephoester, P.R., and Juckem, P.F., 2018, Characterization of groundwater resources in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin: Washburn/ Great Divide Unit: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Technical Report 004-4, 60 p., 20 plates.

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Year Published: 2018

Sewage loading and microbial risk in urban waters of the Great Lakes

Despite modern sewer system infrastructure, the release of sewage from deteriorating pipes and sewer overflows is a major water pollution problem in US cities, particularly in coastal watersheds that are highly developed with large human populations. We quantified fecal pollution sources and loads entering Lake Michigan from a large watershed of...

McLellan, Sandra L.; Sauer, Elizabeth P.; Corsi, Steven R.; Bootsma, Melinda J.; Boehm, Alexandria B.; Spencer, Susan K.; Borchardt, Mark A.