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The Upper Midwest Water Science Center collects, analyzes, and distributes data on a variety of water-related issues and resources. Much of our data is publicly available through the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS).

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African fish mercury burden and isotopic composition from archived museum specimens

Fish collected for taxonomic and systematic purposes are often preserved and then archived in museum collections. Preserved fish are commonly first fixed in a formalin solution and then transferred to ethanol for long-term storage. The wet preservation method can potentially introduce mercury (Hg) contamination or unintentionally extract Hg from tissue. An experiment was designed to test the utili

Regression and load estimates for the tributary nutrient and sediment monitoring program on the Great Lakes, 2011-2013

Nutrient and sediment regression information (diagnostics and coefficients) and estimated load data from 30 tributaries to the Great Lakes, beginning of the program (water year 2011) to water year 2013.

Model archive - Regional regression models for estimating flood frequency characteristics of unregulated streams in Wisconsin

This model archive contains R source code for the Weighted-Multiple Linear Regression Program (WREG), input files, and associated output files needed to recreate regression models that are discussed in the report: Levin, S.B. and Sanocki, C.A., Methods for estimating flood magnitude and frequency for unregulated streams in Wisconsin, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2022-511

Select optical signals from water samples collected on the Menomonee River, Underwood Creek, and Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility from 2017-2019, and time-series optical sensor and one-hour mean streamflow data from the Menomonee River 2017-2018

5-day composite river water samples were collected from two sites: Menomonee River (U.S. Geological Survey station number 04087142) and Underwood Creek (U.S. Geological Survey station number 04087088) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 5-day composite wastewater (raw sewage) influent samples were also collected from the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility (U.S. Geological Survey station number 430125087

Topobathymetric Digital Elevation Model (TBDEM) of the Milwaukee River Estuary, MIlwaukee, WI and adjacent terrestrial and Lake Michigan nearshore coastal areas

This topobathymetric digital elevation model (TBDEM) mosaic represents the topography and bathymetry for the Milwaukee River Estuary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and adjacent terrestrial and Lake Michigan nearshore coastal areas. The TBDEM was produced in support of modeling and for developing a physical habitat framework to help with understanding the effects from multidirectional currents and seiche

Parameter Estimation, Uncertainty Analysis, and Optimization with the PEST++ Family of codes: Tutorial Jupyter Notebooks

A series of Jupyter notebooks documenting a self-guided, interactive curriculum for the PEST++ family of software codes for uncertainty analysis, parameter estimation, and management optimization. For a currently maintained version of these materials, please visit

Water-surface profile map files for the Mississippi River near Prairie Island, Welch, Minnesota, 2019

Four digital water-surface profile maps for a 14-mile reach of the Mississippi River near Prairie Island in Welch, Minnesota from the confluence of the St. Croix River at Prescott, Wisconsin to upstream of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Lock and Dam No. 3 in Welch, Minnesota, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Prairie Island Indian Communit

PeakFQ input and output files for 299 streamgages in Wisconsin through water year 2020.

This dataset includes U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) flood-frequency analysis software PeakFQ input and output files for 299 streamgages in Wisconsin. Input files for each streamgage include peak streamflow data through 2020 and PeakFQ specification files. Output files are text files (.prt) with flood-frequency results.

Mercury Concentrations and Loads in United States and Canadian Tributaries of Lake Superior

In 2021, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mercury Research Laboratory (MRL) conducted a large-scale assessment of mercury (Hg) concentrations and Hg stable isotope values in tributaries of Lake Superior in order to define the sources and amounts of Hg entering the lake. Water samples were collected monthly from 18 tributaries in the United States from April through October in 2021 and during 2022

Concentrations and laboratory quality-assurance data for six unregulated contaminants measured in source and finished drinking-water samples collected from public water systems throughout Minnesota by using ELISA and MS-based analytical methods

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health, conducted a study to determine the occurrence of six unregulated contaminants in source and finished drinking-water samples collected from 67 public water supply systems throughout Minnesota. Minnesota relies on groundwater and surface water sources for drinking water. Land use, such as wastewater discharge and agr

Extreme gradient boosting machine learning models, suspended sediment, bedload, streamflow, and geospatial data, Minnesota, 2007-2019

A series of machine learning (ML) models were developed for Minnesota. The ML models were trained and tested using suspended sediment, bedload, streamflow, and geospatial data to predicted suspended sediment and bedload. Suspended sediment, bedload, and streamflow data were collected during water years 2007 through 2019. The ML models were used to improve understanding of sediment transport proces

Water temperature data in the Milwaukee Estuary of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

This dataset contains water temperature data collected by boat tow on August 30, 2019 between approximately 8:00 AM and 12:15 PM Central Standard Time (CST) in the Milwaukee Estuary of Lake Michigan. The data includes measured water temperatures, depth of collection, water column depth, time of collection, and geospatial coordinates. The objective of this data collection was to produce longitudina