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

Using models to identify the best data: An example from northern Wisconsin

Linear-based data-worth analysis is an efficient and straightforward method for identifying the most important data for model forecasts.

Leaf, Andrew T.
Leaf, A. T. (2017), Using Models to Identify the Best Data: An Example from Northern Wisconsin. Groundwater, 55: 641–645. doi:10.1111/gwat.12561

Year Published: 2017

Current-use flame retardants in the water of Lake Michigan tributaries

In this study, we measured the concentrations of 65 flame retardants in water samples from five Lake Michigan tributaries. These flame retardants included organophosphate esters (OPEs), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and Dechlorane-related compounds. A total of 59 samples, including both the particulate and the dissolved phases, were...

Guo, Jiehong; Romanak, Kevin; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Hites, Ronald A.; Venier, Marta
Guo, Jiehong, Romanak, Kevin, Westenbroek, Stephen, Hites, Ronald A., and Venier, Marta, 2017, Current-use flame retardants in Lake Michigan Tributaries: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 51, no. 17, p. 9960-9969.

Year Published: 2017

Quantitative microbial risk assessment for spray irrigation of dairy manure based on an empirical fate and transport model

BACKGROUND: Spray irrigation for land-applying livestock manure is increasing in the United States as farms become larger and economies of scale make manure irrigation affordable. Human health risks from exposure to zoonotic pathogens aerosolized during manure irrigation are not well understood. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to a) estimate human health...

Burch, Tucker R; Spencer, Susan K.; Stokdyk, Joel; Kieke, Burney A; Larson, Rebecca A; Firnstahl, Aaron; Rule, Ana M; Borchardt, Mark A.
Burch TR, Spencer SK, Stokdyk JP, Kieke BA, Larson RA, Firnstahl AD, Rule AM, Borchardt MA. 2017. Quantitative microbial risk assessment for spray irrigation of dairy manure based on an empirical fate and transport model. Environmental Health Perspectives 125(8). doi: 10.1289/EHP283