Wisconsin Water Science Center


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: Measuring the Bad River 2016 flood

Feature: Measuring the Bad River 2016 flood

In July 2016, severe thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in northern Wisconsin. The USGS and the Bad River Tribe documented and reconstructed the extent and depth of flood inundation in the Bad River, Beartrap Creek, and Denomie Creek.

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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.


Year Published: 2017

Highlighting the complexities of a groundwater pilot study during an avian influenza outbreak: Methods, lessons learned, and select contaminant results

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N2) outbreak in the Midwestern United States (US) in 2015 was historic due to the number of birds and poultry operations impacted and the corresponding economic loss to the poultry industry and was the largest animal health emergency in US history. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with the assistance of...

Hubbard, Laura E.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Fields, Chad L. ; Hladik, Michelle; Iwanowicz, Luke
Hubbard, L.E., Kolpin, D.W., Fields, C.L., Hladik, M.L., Iwanowicz, L.R. 2017. Highlighting the complexities of a groundwater pilot study during an avian influenza outbreak: Methods, lessons learned, and select contaminant results. Environmental Research. v. 158, p. 212-224. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.06.010).

Year Published: 2017

Collecting a better water-quality sample: Reducing vertical stratification bias in open and closed channels

Collection of water-quality samples that accurately characterize average particle concentrations and distributions in channels can be complicated by large sources of variability. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) developed a fully automated Depth-Integrated Sample Arm (DISA) as a way to reduce bias and improve accuracy in water-quality...

Selbig, William R.

Year Published: 2017

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...

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