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Since 1906, the Wisconsin Water Science Center has been collecting high-quality hydrologic data and conducting unbiased, scientifically sound research on Wisconsin's water resources. We strive to meet the changing needs of those who use our information—from the distribution, availability, and quality of our water resources to topic-oriented research that addresses current hydrological issues.

Current Wisconsin Water Conditions

Current Wisconsin Water Conditions

Explore real-time Wisconsin streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions and access data with our new interactive map application.

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Feature: GLRI Urban Stormwater Monitoring

Feature: GLRI Urban Stormwater Monitoring

The GLRI Urban Stormwater Monitoring effort is investigating the ability of green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff in Great Lakes urban areas.

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News

Great Lakes
February 7, 2018

A new water-quality monitoring program, established by the U.S. Geological Survey, can provide scientists and managers with the best available data to help evaluate the health of Great Lakes ecosystems and improve water quality for recreation and commercial fishing.

Little Plover River Wells
April 6, 2017

Both irrigation wells and municipal wells affect flows in the Little Plover River near Plover, Wisconsin, stretches of which ran dry in past years, according to a new scientific report.

River with blue reflection, in late summer, leaves just starting to turn from green to gold.
March 2, 2017

Human and bovine, or cattle, viruses were detected in a small percentage of some Great Lakes Basin streams, with human viruses more prevalent in urban streams and bovine viruses more common in streams in agricultural areas, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Using enteric pathogens to assess sources of fecal contamination in the Silurian Dolomite Aquifer: Preliminary results

The fractured Silurian dolomite aquifer is an important, but vulnerable, source of drinking water in northeast Wisconsin (Sherrill in Geology and ground water in Door County, Wisconsin, with emphasis on contamination potential in the Silurian dolomite, 1978; Bradbury and Muldoon in Hydrogeology and groundwater monitoring of fractured dolomite in...

Muldoon, Maureen A; Borchardt, Mark A.; Spencer, Susan K.; Hunt, Randall J.; Owens, David
Muldoon M.A., Borchardt M.A., Spencer S.K., Hunt R.J., Owens D. 2018. Using Enteric Pathogens to Assess Sources of Fecal Contamination in the Silurian Dolomite Aquifer: Preliminary Results. In: White W., Herman J., Herman E., Rutigliano M. (eds) Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health. Advances in Karst Science. Springer, Cham

Year Published: 2018

Depletion mapping and constrained optimization to support managing groundwater extraction

Groundwater models often serve as management tools to evaluate competing water uses including ecosystems, irrigated agriculture, industry, municipal supply, and others. Depletion potential mapping—showing the model-calculated potential impacts that wells have on stream baseflow—can form the basis for multiple potential management approaches in an...

Fienen, Michael N.; Bradbury, Kenneth R.; Kniffin, Maribeth; Barlow, Paul M.
Fienen, M. N., Bradbury, K. R., Kniffin, M. and Barlow, P. M. (2017), Depletion Mapping and Constrained Optimization to Support Managing Groundwater Extraction. Groundwater. doi:10.1111/gwat.12536

Year Published: 2017

An evaluation of the zooplankton community at the Sheboygan River Area of Concern and non-Area of Concern comparison sites in western Lake Michigan rivers and harbors in 2016

The Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) are considered to be the most severely degraded areas within the Great Lakes basin, as defined in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and amendments. Among the 43 designated AOCs are four Lake Michigan AOCs in the State of Wisconsin. The smallest of these AOCs is the Sheboygan River AOC, which was...

Olds, Hayley T.; Scudder Eikenberry, Barbara C.; Burns, Daniel J.; Bell, Amanda H.
Olds, H.T., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Burns, D.J., and Bell, A.H., 2017, An evaluation of the zooplankton community at the Sheboygan River Area of Concern and non-Area of Concern comparison sites in western Lake Michigan rivers and harbors in 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5131, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175131.