Wisconsin Water Science Center

Publications

This list of Wisconsin Water Science Center publications spans from 1953 to present. It includes both official USGS publications and journal articles authored by our scientists.

Filter Total Items: 739
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

Year Published: 2017

An “EAR” on environmental surveillance and monitoring: A case study on the use of Exposure–Activity Ratios (EARs) to prioritize sites, chemicals, and bioactivities of concern in Great Lakes waters

Current environmental monitoring approaches focus primarily on chemical occurrence. However, based on concentration alone, it can be difficult to identify which compounds may be of toxicological concern and should be prioritized for further monitoring, in-depth testing, or management. This can be problematic because toxicological characterization...

Blackwell, Brett R.; Ankley, Gerald T.; Corsi, Steven; DeCicco, Laura; Houck, Kieth A.; Judson, Richard S.; Li, Shibin; Martin, Matthew T.; Murphy, Elizabeth; Schroeder, Anthony L.; Smith, Edwin R.; Swintek, Joe; Villeneuve, Daniel L.
TY - JOUR T1 - An “EAR” on Environmental Surveillance and Monitoring: A Case Study on the Use of Exposure–Activity Ratios (EARs) to Prioritize Sites, Chemicals, and Bioactivities of Concern in Great Lakes Waters AU - Blackwell, Brett R. AU - Ankley, Gerald T. AU - Corsi, Steven R. AU - DeCicco, Laura A. AU - Houck, Keith A. AU - Judson, Richard S. AU - Li, Shibin AU - Martin, Matthew T. AU - Murphy, Elizabeth AU - Schroeder, Anthony L. AU - Smith, Edwin R. AU - Swintek, Joe AU - Villeneuve, Daniel L. Y1 - 2017/08/01 PY - 2017 DA - 2017/08/01 N1 - doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 DO - 10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 T2 - Environmental Science & Technology JF - Environmental Science & Technology JO - Environ. Sci. Technol. SP - 8713 EP - 8724 VL - 51 IS - 15 PB - American Chemical Society SN - 0013-936X M3 - doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b01613 ER -

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 L.; 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

Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation

Heavy rain fell across northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation on July 11, 2016, as a result of several rounds of thunderstorms. The storms caused major flooding in the Bad River Basin and nearby tributaries along the south shore of Lake Superior. Rainfall totals were 8–10 inches or more and most of the rain fell in an 8-hour period. A...

Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Dantoin, Eric D.; Tillison, Naomi; Watson, Kara M.; Waschbusch, Robert J.; Blount, James D.
Fitzpatrick, F.A., Dantoin, E.D., Tillison, Naomi, Watson, K.M., Waschbusch, R.J., and Blount, J.D., 2017, Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5029, 21 p., 1 app., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175029.

Year Published: 2017

Comparison of benthos and plankton for Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern, Illinois, and Burns Harbor-Port of Indiana non-Area of Concern, Indiana, in 2015

During two seasonal sampling events in spring (June) and fall (August) of 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey collected benthos (benthic invertebrates) and plankton (zooplankton and phytoplankton) at three sites each in the Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern (AOC) in Illinois and in Burns Harbor-Port of Indiana, a non-AOC comparison site in Indiana. The...

Eikenberry, Barbara C. Scudder; Olds, Hayley T.; Burns, Daniel J.; Dobrowolski, Edward G.; Schmude, Kurt L.
Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Templar, H.A., Burns, D.J., Dobrowolski, E.G., and Schmude, K.L., 2017, Comparison of benthos and plankton for Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern, Illinois, and Burns Harbor-Port of Indiana non-Area of Concern, Indiana, in 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5039, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175039.

Year Published: 2017

Avian influenza virus RNA in groundwater wells supplying poultry farms affected by the 2015 influenza outbreak

During the 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) on poultry farms in the midwestern United States, concern was raised about the potential for HPAI to contaminate groundwater. Our study objective was to evaluate the occurrence of HPAI in the groundwater supply wells on 13 outbreak-affected poultry farms in Iowa and...

Borchardt, Mark A.; Spencer, Susan K.; Hubbard, Laura E.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Stokdyk, Joel; Kolpin, Dana W.
Borchardt, M.A., Spencer, S.K., Hubbard, L.E., Firnstahl, A.D., Stokdyk, J.P., Kolpin, D.W. 2017. Avian Influenza Virus RNA in Groundwater Wells Supplying Poultry Farms Affected by the 2015 Influenza Outbreak. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00128

Year Published: 2017

Water-quality and lake-stage data for Wisconsin lakes, water year 2014

IntroductionThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with local and other agencies, collects data at selected lakes throughout Wisconsin. These data, accumulated over many years, provide a database for developing an improved understanding of the water quality of lakes. To make these data available to interested parties outside the USGS,...

Manteufel, S. Bridgett; Robertson, Dale M.
Manteufel, S.B., and Robertson, D.M., 2017, Water-quality and lake-stage data for Wisconsin lakes, water year 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1131, 170 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161131.

Year Published: 2017

Water-quality and lake-stage data for Wisconsin lakes, water years 2012–2013

IntroductionThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with local and other agencies, collects data at selected lakes throughout Wisconsin. These data, accumulated over many years, provide a data base for developing an improved understanding of the water quality of lakes. To make these data available to interested parties outside the USGS,...

Manteufel, S. Bridgett; Robertson, Dale M.
Manteufel, S.B., and Robertson, D.M., 2017, Water-quality and lake-stage data for Wisconsin lakes, water years 2012–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1050, 320 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161050.

Year Published: 2017

Flood-frequency characteristics of Wisconsin streams

Flood-frequency characteristics for 360 gaged sites on unregulated rural streams in Wisconsin are presented for percent annual exceedance probabilities ranging from 0.2 to 50 using a statewide skewness map developed for this report. Equations of the relations between flood-frequency and drainage-basin characteristics were developed by multiple-...

Walker, John F.; Peppler, Marie C.; Danz, Mari E.; Hubbard, Laura E.
Walker, J.F., Peppler, M.C., Danz, M.E., and Hubbard, L.E., 2017, Flood-frequency characteristics of Wisconsin streams (ver. 2.1, December 2017): Reston, Virginia, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5140, 33 p., 1 plate, 2 appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165140.