Wisconsin Water Science Center

Water Availability

In Wisconsin, we have two primary sources of water: surface waters (rivers and lakes, including the Great Lakes) and groundwater aquifers. Both sources provide for a variety of uses, including residential, business, industry, agriculture, energy production, mining, and recreation. The Wisconsin Water Science Center collects basic hydrological data and conducts studies to understand how much water is currently available, how surface water and groundwater interact and effect availability, the rate at which we are using our water resources, and to forecast how much water will be available in the future.

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Date published: April 16, 2019
Status: Active

Lake monitoring and research

Studying lakes provides an improved understanding of lake ecosystem dynamics and valuable information that helps lead to sound lake-management policies. The USGS collects hydrologic data in lake settings, studies water and nutrient budget development, conducts source-loading analysis, explores groundwater interactions, and performs lake water-quality modeling.

Date published: April 15, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater monitoring and research

Groundwater is an important water resource. The USGS collects information on the quality and quantity of groundwater and conducts advanced modeling of groundwater flow and groundwater/surface-water systems. The USGS also evaluates the effects of water-use, land-use, and climate change on groundwater, surface-water, and the ecosystems that rely on them.

Date published: March 29, 2019
Status: Active

TC Chamberlin Modeling Center

The TC Chamberlin Modeling Center provides one-stop access to advanced computing so no project is limited by a lack of computer power. The Center can provide hardware access, assistance with migration and implementation, and training. We also develop, test, and disseminate state-of-the-art computational and analytical techniques and tools so models can be more effectively used in decision-...

Date published: February 6, 2019
Status: Active

GENIE: A general model-independent TCP/IP run manager

GENIE is a model-independent suite of programs that can be used to generally distribute, manage, and execute multiple model runs via the TCP/IP infrastructure. The suite consists of a file distribution interface, a run manage, a run executer, and a routine that can be compiled as part of a program and used to exchange model runs with the run manager.

Contacts: Randall J Hunt, Ph.D., Chris Muffels
Date published: February 5, 2019
Status: Active

TSPROC: a general time-series processor to assist in model calibration and result summarization

TSPROC (Time Series PROCessor) is a software package designed to assist in the calibration of models by editing and distilling time series datasets into more meaningful observations to be used in the optimization objective function. The software performs calculations on time-series data associated with surface-water models, including calculation of flow volumes, transformation by means of...

Date published: February 2, 2019
Status: Active

Water use in Wisconsin

Water-use information is essential for managing Wisconsin's valuable water resources. This critical information includes knowing how much, where, and for what purpose water is being used. The USGS works in cooperation with local, state, and federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information, and compiles and disseminates aggregated data at the county, state, and national level....

Date published: January 27, 2019
Status: Active

Streamflow monitoring in Wisconsin

Streamflow data are needed at many sites on a daily basis for forecasting flow conditions and flooding, water-management decisions, assessing water availability, managing water quality, and meeting legal requirements. The USGS has been measuring streamflow in Wisconsin since 1906 with nearly 1,000 active and discontinued gages.

Date published: January 26, 2019
Status: Active

Flood hazards in Wisconsin

A summary of USGS resources and data related to flooding hazards in Wisconsin.

Date published: January 25, 2019
Status: Active

Drought hazards in Wisconsin

A summary of USGS resources and data related to drought hazards in Wisconsin.

Date published: January 22, 2019
Status: Active

Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB): Trout Lake

USGS initiated the Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) program to understand the processes controlling water, energy, and biogeochemical fluxes over a range of temporal and spatial scales, and the effects of atmospheric and climatic variables. Trout Lake is one of five small, geographically and ecologically diverse watersheds representing a range of hydrologic and climatic...

Date published: January 21, 2019
Status: Completed

Ground water in the Great Lakes Basin: the case of southeastern Wisconsin

This project addresses questions that affect the management of groundwater in the Great Lakes basin, such as the behavior of and control by groundwater divides, the seepage and discharge of natural groundwater flows, and the effects of groundwater pumping on discharge and recharge. A case study that examines groundwater flow in and adjacent to Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin is...

Date published: January 16, 2019
Status: Active

Soil-Water-Balance (SWB): A modified Thornthwaite-Mather model for estimating groundwater recharge

The Soil-Water-Balance (SWB) model has been developed to allow estimates of potential recharge to be made quickly and easily. The code calculates components of the water balance at a daily time-step by means of a modified version of the Thornthwaite-Mather soil-moisture-balance approach.