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: 738
Year Published: 2016

Organic contaminants in Great Lakes tributaries: Prevalence and potential aquatic toxicity

Organic compounds used in agriculture, industry, and households make their way into surface waters through runoff, leaking septic-conveyance systems, regulated and unregulated discharges, and combined sewer overflows, among other sources. Concentrations of these organic waste compounds (OWCs) in some Great Lakes tributaries indicate a high...

Baldwin, Austin K.; Corsi, Steven R.; De Cicco, Laura A.; Lenaker, Peter L.; Lutz, Michelle A; Sullivan, Daniel J.; Richards, Kevin D.

Year Published: 2016

Interannual and long-term changes in the trophic state of a multibasin lake: Effects of morphology, climate, winter aeration, and beaver activity

Little St. Germain Lake (LSG), a relatively pristine multibasin lake in Wisconsin, USA, was examined to determine how morphologic (internal), climatic (external), anthropogenic (winter aeration), and natural (beaver activity) factors affect the trophic state (phosphorus, P; chlorophyll, CHL; and Secchi depth, SD) of each of its basins. Basins...

Robertson, Dale M.; Rose, William; Reneau, Paul C.

Year Published: 2016

Identifying and preserving high-water mark data

High-water marks provide valuable data for understanding recent and historical flood events. The proper collection and recording of high-water mark data from perishable and preserved evidence informs flood assessments, research, and water resource management. Given the high cost of flooding in developed areas, experienced hydrographers, using the...

Koenig, Todd A.; Bruce, Jennifer L.; O'Connor, Jim; McGee, Benton D.; Holmes, Robert R.; Hollins, Ryan; Forbes, Brandon T.; Kohn, Michael S.; Schellekens, Mathew; Martin, Zachary W.; Peppler, Marie C.
Koenig, T.A., Bruce, J.L., O’Connor, J.E., McGee, B.D., Holmes, R.R., Jr., Hollins, Ryan, Forbes, B.T., Kohn, M.S., Schellekens, M.F., Martin, Z.W., and Peppler, M.C., 2016, Identifying and preserving high-water mark data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 3, chap. A24, 47 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm3A24.

Year Published: 2016

Comparative evaluation of statistical and mechanistic models of Escherichia coli at beaches in southern Lake Michigan

Statistical and mechanistic models are popular tools for predicting the levels of indicator bacteria at recreational beaches. Researchers tend to use one class of model or the other, and it is difficult to generalize statements about their relative performance due to differences in how the models are developed, tested, and used. We describe a...

Safaie, Ammar; Wendzel, Aaron; Ge, Zhongfu; Nevers, Meredith; Whitman, Richard L.; Corsi, Steven R.; Phanikumar, Mantha S.
Safaie, A., A. Wendzel, Z. Ge, M.B. Nevers, R.L. Whitman, S.R. Corsi, and M.S. Phanikumar, Comparative Evaluation of Statistical and Mechanistic Models of Escherichia coli at Beaches in Southern Lake Michigan, Environ. Sci. Technol., 50(5), pp. 2442–2449, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05378 (2016)

Year Published: 2016

Determining the 95% limit of detection for waterborne pathogen analyses from primary concentration to qPCR

The limit of detection (LOD) for qPCR-based analyses is not consistently defined or determined in studies on waterborne pathogens. Moreover, the LODs reported often reflect the qPCR assay alone rather than the entire sample process. Our objective was to develop an approach to determine the 95% LOD (lowest concentration at which 95% of positive...

Stokdyk, Joel P.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Spencer, Susan K.; Burch, Tucker R; Borchardt, Mark A.
Stokdyk J, Firnstahl AD, Spencer SK, Burch TR, and Borchardt MA. 2016. Determining the 95% limit of detection for waterborne pathogen analyses from primary concentration to qPCR. Water Research 96:105-113.

Year Published: 2016

Changes in streamflow characteristics in Wisconsin as related to precipitation and land use

Streamflow characteristics were determined for 15 longterm streamflow-gaging stations for the periods 1915–2008, 1915–68, and 1969–2008 to identify trends. Stations selected represent flow characteristics for the major river basins in Wisconsin. Trends were statistically significant at the 95 percent confidence level at 13 of the...

Gebert, Warren A.; Garn, Herbert S.; Rose, William J.
Gebert, W.A., Garn, H.S., and Rose, W.J., 2016, Changes in streamflow characteristics in Wisconsin as related to precipitation and land use: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5140, 23 p., and 1 appendix, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155140.

Year Published: 2016

The effect of particle size distribution on the design of urban stormwater control measures

An urban pollutant loading model was used to demonstrate how incorrect assumptions on the particle size distribution (PSD) in urban runoff can alter the design characteristics of stormwater control measures (SCMs) used to remove solids in stormwater. Field-measured PSD, although highly variable, is generally coarser than the widely-accepted PSD...

Selbig, William R.; Fienen, Michael N.; Horwatich, Judy A.; Bannerman, Roger T.
Selbig, W.R.; Fienen, M.N.; Horwatich, J.A.; Bannerman, R.T. The Effect of Particle Size Distribution on the Design of Urban Stormwater Control Measures. Water 2016, 8, 17.

Year Published: 2016

Predicting recreational water quality advisories: A comparison of statistical methods

Epidemiological studies indicate that fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) in beach water are associated with illnesses among people having contact with the water. In order to mitigate public health impacts, many beaches are posted with an advisory when the concentration of FIB exceeds a beach action value. The most commonly used method of measuring FIB...

Brooks, Wesley R.; Corsi, Steven R.; Fienen, Michael N.; Carvin, Rebecca B.

Year Published: 2016

Human and bovine viruses and bacteria at three Great Lakes beaches: Environmental variable associations and health risk

Waterborne pathogens were measured at three beaches in Lake Michigan, environmental factors for predicting pathogen concentrations were identified, and the risk of swimmer infection and illness was estimated. Waterborne pathogens were detected in 96% of samples collected at three Lake Michigan beaches in summer, 2010. Samples were quantified for...

Corsi, Steven R.; Borchardt, Mark A.; Carvin, Rebecca B.; Burch, Tucker R; Spencer, Susan K.; Lutz, Michelle A.; McDermott, Colleen M.; Busse, Kimberly M.; Kleinheinz, Gregory; Feng, Xiaoping; Zhu, Jun

Year Published: 2016

Ecohydrology and Its Relation to Integrated Groundwater Management

In the twentieth century, groundwater characterization focused primarily on easily measured hydraulic metrics of water storage and flows. Twenty-first century concepts of groundwater availability, however, encompass other factors having societal value, such as ecological well-being. Effective ecohydrological science is a nexus of fundamental...

Hunt, Randall J.; Hayashi, Masaki; Batelaan, Okke
Hunt, R.J., Hayashi M., and Batelaan, O., 2016, Ecohydrology and Its Relation to Integrated Groundwater Management, pp. 297-312 in: Jakeman AJ, Barreteau O, Hunt RJ, Rinaudo J-D, Ross A (eds) Integrated Groundwater Management – Concepts, Approaches and Challenges. Springer International Publishing, 953 p. ISBN 978-3-319-23575-2.

Year Published: 2016

Groundwater regulation and integrated planning

The complex nature of groundwater and the diversity of uses and environmental interactions call for emerging groundwater problems to be addressed through integrated management and planning approaches. Planning requires different levels of integration dealing with: the hydrologic cycle (the physical process) including the temporal dimension; river...

Quevauviller, Philippe; Batelaan, Okke; Hunt, Randall J.
Quevauviller, P., Batelaan, O., and Hunt, R.J., 2016, Groundwater regulation and integrated water planning, pp. 197-227 in: Jakeman AJ, Barreteau O, Hunt RJ, Rinaudo J-D, Ross A (eds) Integrated Groundwater Management – Concepts, Approaches and Challenges. Springer International Publishing, 953 p. ISBN 978-3-319-23575-2.

Year Published: 2016

Integrated groundwater management: An overview of concepts and challenges

Managing water is a grand challenge problem and has become one of humanity’s foremost priorities. Surface water resources are typically societally managed and relatively well understood; groundwater resources, however, are often hidden and more difficult to conceptualize. Replenishment rates of groundwater cannot match past and current rates of...

Jakeman, Anthony J.; Barreteau, Olivier; Hunt, Randall J.; Rinaudo, Jean-Daniel; Ross, Andrew; Jakeman, Anthony J.; Barreteau, Olivier; Hunt, Randall J.; Rinaudo, Jean-Daniel; Ross, Andrew
Jakeman, A.J., Barreteau, O., Hunt, R.J., Rinaudo, J-D, Ross, A., Arshad, M., and Hamilton, S., 2016, Integrated Groundwater Management: An overview of concepts and challenges, pp. 3-20 in: Jakeman AJ, Barreteau O, Hunt RJ, Rinaudo J-D, Ross A (eds) Integrated Groundwater Management – Concepts, Approaches and Challenges. Springer International Publishing, 953 p.