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Midcontinent Region

The Midcontinent Region covers activities in the geographic area of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.   We conduct science to inform resource managers on issues such as aquatic invasive species, water quality and availability, wildlife disease, and restoration of fish/wildlife and their habita

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USGS Measures Flooding Across Eastern Minnesota

USGS Measures Flooding Across Eastern Minnesota

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds stoke wildland fire science investments

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds stoke wildland fire science investments

Carrie Givens Awarded 2023 Journal of Environmental Quality Outstanding Associate Editor

Carrie Givens Awarded 2023 Journal of Environmental Quality Outstanding Associate Editor

Publications

Microbial source tracking and land use associations for antibiotic resistance genes in private wells influenced by human and livestock fecal sources

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing public health problem that requires an integrated approach among human, agricultural, and environmental sectors. However, few studies address all three components simultaneously. We investigated the occurrence of five antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and the class 1 integron gene (intI1) in private wells drawing water from a vulnerable aquifer influenced by
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Tucker R. Burch, Joel P. Stokdyk, Aaron Firnstahl, Burney Kieke Jr, Rachel Cook, Sarah Opelt, Sue Spencer, Lisa Durso, Mark A. Borchardt

USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network

What is the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Monitoring Network?Understanding the water quality of U.S. streams and rivers requires consistent data collection and analysis over decades. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water Quality Network (NWQN) was established to facilitate national-scale understanding of surface-water quality conditions through the collection of compar
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Melissa L. Riskin, Casey J. Lee

Geochemical data for Illinois Basin coal samples, 2015–2018

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and their collaborators conducted a study of the geochemical properties of coals currently produced for electric power generation in the Illinois Basin in Illinois and Indiana. The study follows from recommendations by an expert panel for the USGS to investigate the distribution and controls of trace constituents such as mercury (Hg) in Illinois Bas
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Allan Kolker, Clint Scott, Liliana Lefticariu, Maria Mastalerz, Agnieszka Drobniak, Annie Scott

Science

Bacteriological Research Core Technology Team

About the Research The Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) Core Technology Team (CTT) as part of the Environmental Health Program uses a wide array of traditional and modern molecular approaches to evaluate microbial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance pathways in the environment. The scientists use these approaches to advance the understanding of how environmental...
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Bacteriological Research Core Technology Team

About the Research The Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) Core Technology Team (CTT) as part of the Environmental Health Program uses a wide array of traditional and modern molecular approaches to evaluate microbial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance pathways in the environment. The scientists use these approaches to advance the understanding of how environmental...
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Water Quality Networks and Assessments Team

The Water Quality Networks and Assessments Teams at the Upper Midwest Water Science Center conduct studies that provide critical information to help managers make informed decisions, formulate watershed management plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of implemented plans.
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Water Quality Networks and Assessments Team

The Water Quality Networks and Assessments Teams at the Upper Midwest Water Science Center conduct studies that provide critical information to help managers make informed decisions, formulate watershed management plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of implemented plans.
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Rapid Assessment of Green Infrastructure to Inform Future Implementation in the Great Lakes

Green infrastructure (GI) practices across the Great Lakes are being assessed to better understand how soils, vegetation, land use, maintenance practices and other design parameters influence their ability to infiltrate stormwater runoff. Statistical evaluation of aggregated site assessments will provide useful information on which factors hold high importance when designing and locating future GI...
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Rapid Assessment of Green Infrastructure to Inform Future Implementation in the Great Lakes

Green infrastructure (GI) practices across the Great Lakes are being assessed to better understand how soils, vegetation, land use, maintenance practices and other design parameters influence their ability to infiltrate stormwater runoff. Statistical evaluation of aggregated site assessments will provide useful information on which factors hold high importance when designing and locating future GI...
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