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: 2016

Comparison of benthos and plankton for selected areas of concern and non-areas of concern in western Lake Michigan Rivers and Harbors in 2012

Recent data are lacking to assess whether impairments still exist at four of Wisconsin’s largest Lake Michigan harbors that were designated as Areas of Concern (AOCs) in the late 1980s due to sediment contamination and multiple Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs), such as those affecting benthos (macroinvertebrates) and plankton (zooplankton and...

Eikenberry, Barbara C. Scudder; Bell, Amanda H.; Olds, Hayley T.; Burns, Daniel J.
Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Bell, A.H., Templar, H.A., and Burns, D.J., 2016, Comparison of benthos and plankton for selected Areas of Concern and non-Areas of Concern in Western Lake Michigan Rivers and Harbors in 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5090, 28 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165090.

Year Published: 2016

Understanding the hydrologic impacts of wastewater treatment plant discharge to shallow groundwater: Before and after plant shutdown

Effluent-impacted surface water has the potential to transport not only water, but wastewater-derived contaminants to shallow groundwater systems. To better understand the effects of effluent discharge on in-stream and near-stream hydrologic conditions in wastewater-impacted systems, water-level changes were monitored in hyporheic-zone and shallow...

Hubbard, Laura E.; Keefe, Steffanie H.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Barber, Larry B.; Duris, Joseph W.; Hutchinson, Kasey J.; Bradley, Paul M.
Laura E. Hubbard, Steffanie H. Keefe, Dana W. Kolpin, Larry B. Barber, Joseph W. Duris, Kasey J. Hutchinson and Paul M. Bradley. Understanding the hydrologic impacts of wastewater treatment plant discharge to shallow groundwater: before and after plant shutdown. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., (2016), DOI: 10.1039/c6ew00128a.

Year Published: 2016

Nutrient delivery to Lake Winnipeg from the Red-Assiniboine River Basin – A binational application of the SPARROW model

Excessive phosphorus (TP) and nitrogen (TN) inputs from the Red–Assiniboine River Basin (RARB) have been linked to eutrophication of Lake Winnipeg; therefore, it is important for the management of water resources to understand where and from what sources these nutrients originate. The RARB straddles the Canada–United States border and...

Benoy, Glenn A; Jenkinson, R. Wayne; Robertson, Dale M.; Saad, David A.
Benoy,G.A., Jenkinson, R.W., Robertson, D.M., and Saad, D.A., 2016. Nutrient delivery to Lake Winnipeg from the Red—Assiniboine River Basin – A binational application of the SPARROW model: Canadian Water Resources Journal / Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques, DOI: 10.1080/07011784.2016.1178601

Year Published: 2016

Regional effects of agricultural conservation practices on nutrient transport in the Upper Mississippi River Basin

Despite progress in the implementation of conservation practices, related improvements in water quality have been challenging to measure in larger river systems. In this paper we quantify these downstream effects by applying the empirical U.S. Geological Survey water-quality model SPARROW to investigate whether spatial differences in conservation...

Garcia, Ana Maria.; Alexander, Richard B.; Arnold, Jeffrey G.; Norfleet, Lee; White, Michael J.; Robertson, Dale M.; Schwarz, Gregory E.
García, A. M., Alexander, R. B., Arnold, J. G., Norfleet, L., White, M. J., Robertson, D. M., & Schwarz, G. (2016). Regional Effects of Agricultural Conservation Practices on Nutrient Transport in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Environmental Science & Technology. http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b03543

Year Published: 2016

Simulated impacts of climate change on phosphorus loading to Lake Michigan

Phosphorus (P) loading to the Great Lakes has caused various types of eutrophication problems. Future climatic changes may modify this loading because climatic models project changes in future meteorological conditions, especially for the key hydrologic driver — precipitation. Therefore, the goal of this study is to project how P loading may...

Robertson, Dale M.; Saad, David A.; Christiansen, Daniel E.; Lorenz, David J

Year Published: 2016

Quantification of human-associated fecal indicators reveal sewage from urban watersheds as a source of pollution to Lake Michigan

Sewage contamination of urban waterways from sewer overflows and failing infrastructure is a major environmental and public health concern. Fecal coliforms (FC) are commonly employed as fecal indicator bacteria, but do not distinguish between human and non-human sources of fecal contamination. Human Bacteroides and humanLachnospiraceae,...

Olds, Hayley T.; Dila, Deborah K.; Bootsma, Melinda J.; Corsi, Steven; McLellan, Sandra L.
Hayley A. Templar, Deborah K. Dila, Melinda J. Bootsma, Steven R. Corsi, Sandra L. McLellan, Quantification of human-associated fecal indicators reveal sewage from urban watersheds as a source of pollution to Lake Michigan, Water Research, Volume 100, 1 September 2016, Pages 556-567, ISSN 0043-1354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.056. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135416303827)

Year Published: 2016

Benthos and plankton community data for selected rivers and harbors along the western Lake Michigan shoreline, 2014

Benthos (benthic invertebrates) and plankton (zooplankton and phytoplankton) communities were sampled in 2014 at 10 Wisconsin rivers and harbors, including 4 sites in Great Lakes Areas of Concern and 6 less degraded comparison sites with similar physical and chemical characteristics, including climate, latitude, geology, and land use. Previous U.S...

Scudder Eikenberry, Barbara C.; Burns, Daniel J.; Olds, Hayley T.; Bell, Amanda H.; Mapel, Kassidy T.
Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Burns, D.J., Templar, H.A., Bell, A.H., and Mapel, K.T., 2016, Benthos and plankton community data for selected rivers and harbors along the western Lake Michigan shoreline, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1000, 29 p. plus 8 appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1000.

Year Published: 2016

Long-term trends in a Dimictic Lake

 The one-dimensional hydrodynamic ice model, DYRESM-WQ-I, was modified to simulate ice cover and thermal structure of dimictic Lake Mendota, Wisconsin, USA, over a continuous 104-year period (1911–2014). The model results were then used to examine the drivers of changes in ice cover and water temperature, focusing on the responses to...

Robertson, Dale M.; Hsieh, Yi-Fang; Lathrop, Richard C; Wu, Chin H; Magee, Madeline; Hamilton, David P.

Year Published: 2016

Urban infrastructure and water management—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey

Managing the urban-water cycle has increasingly become a challenge for water-resources planners and regulators faced with the problem of providing clean drinking water to urban residents. Sanitary and combined sanitary and storm sewer networks convey wastewater to centralized treatment plants. Impervious surfaces, which include roads, parking lots...

Fisher, Shawn C.; Fanelli, Rosemary M.; Selbig, William R.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Urban infrastructure and water management—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3025, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163025.

Year Published: 2016

Effect of variable annual precipitation and nutrient input on nitrogen and phosphorus transport from two Midwestern agricultural watersheds

Precipitation patterns and nutrient inputs affect transport of nitrate (NO3-N) and phosphorus (TP) from Midwest watersheds. Nutrient concentrations and yields from two subsurface-drained watersheds, the Little Cobb River (LCR) in southern Minnesota and the South Fork Iowa River (SFIR) in northern Iowa, were evaluated during 1996–2007 to...

Kalkhoff, Stephen J.; Hubbard, Laura E.; Tomer, Mark D.; James, D.E.
S.J.Kalkhoff, L.E. Hubbard, M.D. Tomer , and D.E. James, 2016, Effect of variable annual precipitation and nutrient input on nitrogen and phosphorus transport from two Midwestern agricultural watersheds: Science of the Total Environment, vol. 559, pp. 53-62

Year Published: 2016

Informing Lake Erie agriculture nutrient management via scenario evaluation

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) have been increasing in extent and intensity in the western basin of Lake Erie. The cyanobacteria Microcystis produces toxins that pose serious threats to animal and human health, resulting in beach closures and impaired water supplies, and have even forced a “do not drink” advisory for the City of Toledo...

Scavia, Donald; Kalcic, Margaret; Muenich, Rebecca Logsdon; Aloysius, Noel; Arnold, Jeffrey; Boles, Chelsie; Confesor, Remegio; DePinto, Joseph; Gildow, Marie; Martin, Jay; Read, Jennifer; Redder, Todd; Robertson, Dale M.; Sowa, Scott P.; Wang, Yu-Chen; White, Michael; Yen, Haw
Scavia, D., Kalcic, M., Muenich, R.L., Aloysius, N., Arnold, J., Boles, C., Confesor, R., DePinto, J., Gildow, M.., Martin, J., Read, J., Redder, T., Robertson, D., Sowa., S., Wang, Y., White, M., and Yen, W., 2016. Informing Lake Erie agriculture nutrient management via scenario development. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. http://tinyurl.com/je56uel.

Year Published: 2016

Airborne pathogens from dairy manure aerial irrigation and the human health risk

Dairy manure, like the fecal excrement from any domesticated or wild animal, can contain pathogens capable of infecting humans and causing illness or even death. Pathogens in dairy manure can be broadly divided into categories of taxonomy or infectiousness. Dividing by taxonomy there are three pathogen groups in dairy manure: viruses (e.g., bovine...

Borchardt, Mark A.; Burch, Tucker R
Borchardt, M.A. and T.R. Burch. 2016; Airborne pathogens from dairy manure aerial irrigation and the human health risk; Appendix C in Genskow, K.D. and R.A. Larson (eds.). 2016. Considerations For the Use of Manure Irrigation Practices: Report from the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup. University of Wisconsin Extension and UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Environmental Resources Center. Publication Number: ERC 001-16