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

Updated polychlorinated biphenyl mass budget for Lake Michigan

This study revisits and updates the Lake Michigan Mass Balance Project (LMMBP) for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that was conducted in 1994–1995. This work uses recent concentrations of PCBs in tributary and open lake water, air, and sediment to calculate an updated mass budget. Five of the 11 LMMBP tributaries were revisited in 2015. In these...

Guo, Jiehong; Romanak, Kevin; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Li, An; Kreis, Russell; Hites, Ronald A.; Venier, Marta
Guo, J., Romanak, K., Westenbroek, S., Li, A., Kreis, R. J. Jr., Hites, R.A., and Venier, M., 2017, Updated Polychlorinated Biphenyl Mass Budget for Lake Michigan, Environmental Science & Technology v. 51, no. 21, 12455-12465, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02904. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02904

Year Published: 2017

Estimation of the groundwater resources of the bedrock aquifers at the Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

Groundwater resources information was needed to understand regional aquifer systems and water available to wells and springs for rearing important Lake Michigan fish species at the Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. As a basis for estimating the groundwater resources available, an existing groundwater-flow...

Dunning, Charles; Feinstein, Daniel T.; Buchwald, Cheryl A.; Hunt, Randall J.; Haserodt, Megan
Dunning, C.P., Feinstein, D.T., Buchwald, C.A., Hunt, R.J., and Haserodt, M.J., 2017, Estimation of the groundwater resources of the bedrock aquifers at the Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5074, 104 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175074.

Year Published: 2017

Ice duration drives winter nitrate accumulation in north temperate lakes

The duration of winter ice cover on lakes varies substantially with climate variability, and has decreased over the last several decades in many temperate lakes. However, little is known of how changes in seasonal ice cover may affect biogeochemical processes under ice. We examined winter nitrogen (N) dynamics under ice using a 30+ yr dataset from...

Powers, Steven M; Labou, Stephanie G.; Baulch, Helen M.; Hunt, Randall J.; Lottig, Noah R.; Hampton, Stephanie E.; Stanley, Emily H.
Powers, S. M., Labou, S. G., Baulch, H. M., Hunt, R. J., Lottig, N. R., Hampton, S. E. and Stanley, E. H. (2017), Ice duration drives winter nitrate accumulation in north temperate lakes. Limnol. Oceanogr. doi:10.1002/lol2.10048