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Image: Alaskan Glacier
Date Published: November 10, 2016

Glacial Aquifer - Contact Us

Several Research areas are listed and their contacts regarding Glacial Aquifer System Groundwater Availability Study are available here.

 

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Contacts: Howard W Reeves
Picture of a pump and plumbing configuration used by public water systems.
Date Published: October 5, 2016

Glacial Aquifer - Objectives and Scope

The overall goal of this study is to assess groundwater availability in the glacial aquifer system. The primary objectives are to quantify current groundwater resources, evaluate how these resources have changed over time, and provide the tools needed to forecast system response to future anthropogenic and environmental stresses.

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Glacial outwash near Ely, Minnesota
Date Published: October 5, 2016

Glacial Aquifer - Current Activities

Preliminary work for the study began in the summer of 2011. The project is planned for 2012-16, and the study will be conducted by a team of researchers from several USGS Science Centers across the study area.

 

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Picture of USGS scientists examining a core from a bore hole of a well.
Date Published: October 5, 2016

Glacial Aquifer - Relevance and Benefits

The glacial aquifer system groundwater availability study is a regional study of the USGS Groundwater Resources Program. These regional studies form the basis for the groundwater assessments within a national Water Census. Groundwater is one of the most important natural resources of the nation. It provides half our drinking water and is essential to the vitality of agriculture and industry,...

Map of the extent of glacial deposits in the U.S. from Laurentide and Cordilleran
Date Published: October 4, 2016

Glacial Aquifer System Groundwater Availability Study

The Glacial Aquifer System Groundwater Availability Study began in 2012 and will be completed in 2016. The glacial aquifer system groundwater availability study is one of the USGS efforts in response to the Department of Interior WaterSMART initiative. This study is designed to provide information and analysis to stakeholders and decisionmakers for characterizing groundwater availability in...

Contacts: Howard W Reeves
USGS streamgage with Satellite antenna at the edge of river.
Date Published: September 24, 2016

Streamflow Data Available Online

The USGS in Michigan-in cooperation with local, State, Tribal, and Federal partners-operates 155 streamgages recording stage and streamflow, and 13 lake-level gages. There are about 7,400 streamgages nationwide; many of these gages provide real-time data in 15-minute increments, which typically are transmitted to the World Wide Web every 1 to 2 hours using satellite, telephone, or cellular...

Contacts: Thomas Weaver
USGS technician monitoring a low flow in a stream while standing on a pebble island in stream in summer.
Date Published: September 24, 2016

Low-Flow Streamgage Network in Michigan

Data on low-flow characteristics are used by water-resources managers for a variety of purposes, including water-supply planning, making decisions about wastewater-discharge and water withdrawal permits, and evaluating in-stream flow requirements. The Michigan low-flow network currently consists of seven sites where streamflow is typically measured only during low-flow periods. In addition to...

Contacts: Thomas Weaver
USGS Water-Quality equipment with cover opened at edge of river near a footbridge.
Date Published: September 24, 2016

Water-Quality Monitor Network in Michigan

The USGS operates a network of real-time water-quality monitoring stations that measure up to five physical parameters. The parameters are temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. One to four of those parameters are measured at 26 sites, while all five parameters are measured at 13 sites. These data are used for decision making about hydroelectric power...

Contacts: Thomas Weaver
Crest-Stage Streamgage equipment set up at edge of a stream.
Date Published: September 24, 2016

Crest-Stage Streamgage Network in Michigan

Historically, small streams with drainage areas less than 100 square miles have not been adequately represented in regional peak- (high) flow analysis. In Michigan, USGS operates 24 traditional crest-stage gages, where stage and streamflow is only measured during high flows, and 6 continuous-record crest-stage gages, where cooperators can continually monitor stage and USGS maintains a high-...

Contacts: Thomas Weaver
Equipment is fixed-location acoustic Doppler velocity meters at Connecting Channels
Date Published: September 24, 2016

Connecting Channels

In response to decreasing water levels in the Great Lakes, especially Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) asked USGS to continuously measure flows in the connecting channels of St. Marys, St. Clair, and Detroit Rivers, and Water Survey Canada (WSC) to measure flows of Niagara River. To accommodate the effects of variable backwater and the...

Contacts: Thomas Weaver
Collage of three printouts of DNA sequencing of Pathogens.
Date Published: September 24, 2016

Bacterial Pathogens

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) studies the source, occurrence, and distribution of the bacterial pathogens Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC), Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Enterococcus, and Staphylococcus and the relation of occurrence of pathogens with fecal indicator bacteria, land-use, season, hydrology, geology, weather...

Contacts: Natasha Isaacs