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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: Wisconsin Modeling Center

Feature: Wisconsin Modeling Center

The Wisconsin Modeling Center provides one-stop access to advanced computing so no project is limited by a lack of computer power through hardware access, assistance with migration and implementation, and training.

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Publications

Hydrologic, land cover, and seasonal patterns of waterborne pathogens in Great Lakes tributaries
Year Published: 2017

Hydrologic, land cover, and seasonal patterns of waterborne pathogens in Great Lakes tributaries

Great Lakes tributaries are known to deliver waterborne pathogens from a host of sources. To examine the hydrologic, land cover, and seasonal patterns of waterborne pathogens (i.e. protozoa (2), pathogenic bacteria (4) human viruses, (8) and bovine viruses (8)) eight rivers were monitored in the Great Lakes Basin over 29 months from February 2011 to June 2013. Sampling locations represented a...

MODFLOW-NWT 2016 groundwater flow model for Dane County, Wisconsin
Year Published: 2016

MODFLOW-NWT 2016 groundwater flow model for Dane County, Wisconsin

A new groundwater flow model was created for Dane County, Wisconsin, to replace an earlier model developed in the 1990s by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This modeling study was conducted cooperatively by the WGNHS, the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, and the USGS.

Primary sources and toxicity of PAHs in Milwaukee-area streambed sediment
Year Published: 2016

Primary sources and toxicity of PAHs in Milwaukee-area streambed sediment

High concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in streams can be a significant stressor to aquatic organisms. To understand the likely sources and toxicity of PAHs in Milwaukee-area streams, streambed sediment samples from 40 sites and parking lot dust samples from 6 sites were analyzed for 38 parent PAHs and 25 alkylated PAHs.