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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: Detecting sewage contamination with optical sensors

Feature: Detecting sewage contamination with optical sensors

Can optical sensors be used to identify real-time sewage contamination in surface water and storm sewers?

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News

Date published: February 19, 2019

Human Bacteria, Viruses from Sewage Found in Some Milwaukee Streams

Two types of human-associated bacteria and three types of human viruses were detected in Milwaukee streams within the Menomonee River watershed, according to a recent study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: February 7, 2018

Water-Quality Monitoring Program Aids Restoration of Great Lakes

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.

Date published: April 6, 2017

Wells Affect Water Flows in the Central Sands Region

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.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Biogeochemical and physical processes controlling mercury methylation and bioaccumulation in Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah and Arizona, 2014 and 2015

Mercury monitoring results from about 300 Morone saxatilis (striped bass) muscle tissue samples collected by the State of Utah from Lake Powell resulted in a Utah/Arizona fish consumption advisory issued in 2012 for approximately the lower 100 kilometers of the reservoir. Chemical, physical, and biological data were collected during two synoptic...

Naftz, David L.; Marvin-DiPasquale, Mark; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Aiken, George; Boyd, Eric S.; Conaway, Christopher H.; Ogorek, Jacob M.; Anderson, Gregory M.
Naftz, D.L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Aiken, G., Boyd, E.S., Conaway, C.H., Ogorek, J., and Anderson, G.M., 2019, Biogeochemical and physical processes controlling mercury methylation and bioaccumulation in Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah and Arizona, 2014 and 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1159, 81 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181159.

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Adjudicating groundwater: A judge’s guide to understanding groundwater and modeling

Dividing the Waters offers this groundwater science bench book that cannot be matched by any other scientific or judicial publication.  Adjudicating Groundwater combines the expertise and experience of academic scientists (UC Davis/Stanford), federal scientists (U.S. Geological Survey), and judicial officers to create a...

Brandt, Alf; Fienen, Michael N.; White, Jeremy; Harter, Thomas; Moran, Tara; Wildman, Eric

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Water-quality response to changes in phosphorus loading of the Winnebago Pool Lakes, Wisconsin, with special emphasis on the effects of internal loading in a chain of shallow lakes

The Winnebago Pool is a chain of four shallow lakes (Lake Poygan, Lake Winneconne, Lake Butte des Morts, and Lake Winnebago) that are fed primarily by the Fox and Wolf Rivers, two large agriculturally dominated rivers in Wisconsin, United States. Because the lakes have received extensive phosphorus inputs from their watershed, they have become...

Robertson, Dale M.; Siebers, Benjamin J.; Diebel, Matthew W.; Somor, Andrew J.
Robertson, D.M., Siebers, B.J., Diebel, M.W., and Somor, A.J., 2018, Water-quality response to changes in phosphorus loading of the Winnebago Pool Lakes, Wisconsin, with special emphasis on the effects of internal loading in a chain of shallow lakes: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5099, 58 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185099.