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Acoustics boat with ADCP in river with tree branch in foreground, across river is USGS Hydro Tech holding line to boat.
Date Published: February 13, 2019
Status: Active

Acoustics

Upper Midwest Water Science Center uses acoustic meters for making streamflow measurements. Wading measurements are done using a modified top setting wading rod equipped with an acoustic Doppler velocimeter (ADV). Acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) are used when measurement depths are too deep to wade. ADCP measurements can either be made with a tether or cableway or deployed on a...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Roadmap of Michigan with Groundwater stations marked with triangles
Date Published: February 10, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater Data Available Online

The USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center cooperates with local and state agencies to collect and maintain groundwater data across the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Michigan, the USGS and local partners actively monitor 90 wells. Of the 90 wells, 22 are continuously monitored with...

USGS technician monitoring a low flow in a stream while standing on a pebble island in stream in summer.
Date Published: February 9, 2019
Status: Active

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 L Weaver
Screenshot of the Michigan Lake Water Clarity Interactive Map Viewer
Date Published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Estimating Lake Water Clarity

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), use a technique modeled after Olmanson and others (2001) to predict water clarity and corresponding trophic state index (TSI) values based on the...

Girls getting a glass of water at a well pump at The Tollgate House, Meridian Historical Village, Okemos, MI
Date Published: February 1, 2019
Status: Active

Water Use in Michigan

The USGS compiles water use information by State including estimated amounts, sources, and categories of use every five years since 1950. 

Illustration of Relational Chart for Microbial Ecology
Date Published: January 31, 2019
Status: Active

Microbial Ecology

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) conducts ecological studies on the structure and function of eubacterial and archeal communities in the environment. Studies of this type give us basic information about the composition and functionality of different microbial communities and allow us to investigate the effects that natural and...

Contacts: Carrie Givens
Bridge over river in late summer, trees just starting to change to fall colors.
Date Published: January 30, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Historical NAWQA Programs

The USGS implemented the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991 to develop long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, rivers, groundwater, and aquatic systems in support of national, regional, State, and local information needs and decisions related to water-quality management and policy.

Complicated groundwater drill rigs mounted on big trucks and their crew.
Date Published: January 29, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Groundwater

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. Regional and national assessments are possible because of a consistent study design and uniform methods of data collection and analysis. Monitoring data are...

USGS Hydrologist working in winter on frozen river collecting samples.
Date Published: January 28, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Surface Water National Fixed Network Site Status and Trends

As part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program the USGS MIWSC operates a stream gage and routinely collects water quality samples at the Clinton River at Sterling Heights, MI. station. Water is analyzed for sediment, nutrients, major ions, and a suite of 271 different pesticides. Information obtained...

Color Illustration of Avian Botulism transport through species
Date Published: January 23, 2019
Status: Active

Avian Botulism in Distressed Great Lakes Environments

Botulism outbreaks occur within the Great Lakes and often result in significant bird die offs. It is believed that Clostridium botulinum is the reason for these die offs and the trophic pathways that this organism travels are of interest to understanding its place within the food web. The GLRI Avian Botulism Project is investigating six different matrices: sediment, Cladophora, invertebrates,...

Contacts: Natasha Isaacs
Collage of various photos of processing in a Microbiology Laboratory showing equipment
Date Published: January 20, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) is a newly renovated laboratory space operated by the USGS Michigan Water Science Center in Lansing, MI. The laboratory is staffed by two Ph.D. level microbiologists and five M.S. level microbiologists with a combined 70 years of experience in microbiology and water resources research. The USGS MI-BaRL...

Superior 5051 Oil and Gas Assessment Basin
Date Published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Superior Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessment of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Superior Province 5051:

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October 9, 2018

Playing with a Crayfish Before Sampling

Close up of crayfish next to center pivot. When crayfish swims away, then a diver can be seen next to the center pivot attaching the line for the dive camera transects.
 

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide Two
September 19, 2018

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide 1

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide Two

Hammond Bay Biological Station
September 12, 2018

Hammond Bay Biological Station

The Hammond Bay Biological Stationi. See our Locations page for more information.

Cheboygan Vessel Base
September 12, 2018

Cheboygan Vessel Base

The Cheboygan Vessel Base. Please see our Locations page for more information.

Dive camera system with attached scooter
August 7, 2018

Dive camera system with attached scooter

Dive camera system with attached scooter

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer(right) holding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
July 31, 2018

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer(right) holding the Autonomous

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer (right) holding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The vehicle is in two pieces.

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron
July 19, 2018

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron. USGS divers regularly practice their skills and this study involves choriographed movements.

June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

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June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle (Audio-Described)

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

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Crayfish, Detroit River
April 10, 2018

Crayfish, Detroit River

Crayfish, Detroit River

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan
April 10, 2018

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan

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February 28, 2019

Planning Begins for the 2019 Field Season.

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February 21, 2019

The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework serves as an example for other programs.

Moffett Award Presented to Yu-Chun Kao
November 29, 2018

2018 GLSC Moffett Award goes to Dr. Yu-Chun Kao et al. for best GLSC paper in 2017.

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair
November 29, 2018

Webinar titled "Leveraging Partnerships: Lessons Learned from Regional Coordination Efforts" was held on November 27, 2018.

GLSC Greenhouse
November 29, 2018

Several GLSC scientists hosted Michigan’s Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) Public Advisory Council (PAC) for a tour of the Ann Arbor lab and discussions on GLSC science support to the AOC program.

US Congressman Dan Kildee with USGS personnel aboard the R/V Arcticus
October 29, 2018

U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (MI-05) recently visited the Great Lakes Science Center's R/V Arcticus to learn more about our fishery research.

Michigan
March 1, 2018

Residents and visitors may witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Escanaba-Marquette region starting at the beginning of April, 2018.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, which includes parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Exterior of a municipal water pumping station
December 6, 2017

Oxygen levels, dissolved minerals among factors responsible for high concentrations of radium in untreated water from aquifer that underlies six states

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

Lake Michigan at Sunset
August 16, 2017

Invasive mussels and less nutrients from tributaries have altered the Lake Michigan ecosystem making it more conducive to the stocking of lake trout and steelhead than Chinook salmon, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan State University study.

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