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Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our region includes 19 Science Centers in 12 States from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our streamgage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the region. Other research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, midcontinental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

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News

River with blue reflection, in late summer, leaves just starting to turn from green to gold.
March 2, 2017

Human and bovine, or cattle, viruses were detected in a small percentage of some Great Lakes Basin streams, with human viruses more prevalent in urban streams and bovine viruses more common in streams in agricultural areas, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study.

USGS logo
February 22, 2017

Joyce E. Williamson, a native of South Dakota and a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology alumna, was selected as the director of the newly formed U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center. Williamson is located in the center’s Rapid City, South Dakota, office. 

USGS: Science for a changing world
February 13, 2017

Water-level changes from 2002 to 2015 were examined in wells screened in the High Plains aquifer within the Republican River Basin and the results are now available in a new U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map.

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Surface runoff flows from a cornfield in the Sugar Creek basin IN
March 10, 2017

While nutrients are essential to the development, health and diversity of plants and animals in surface waters, excessive inputs of nutrients into streams have potential human-health, economic, and ecological consequences. ...

Image: Alaskan Glacier
November 10, 2016

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

 

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

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...

USGS streamgage with Satellite antenna at the edge of river.
September 24, 2016

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...

USGS technician monitoring a low flow in a stream while standing on a pebble island in stream in summer.
September 24, 2016

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...

USGS Water-Quality equipment with cover opened at edge of river near a footbridge.
September 24, 2016

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...

Crest-Stage Streamgage equipment set up at edge of a stream.
September 24, 2016

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-...

Equipment is fixed-location acoustic Doppler velocity meters at Connecting Channels
September 24, 2016

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...

Collage of three printouts of DNA sequencing of Pathogens.
September 24, 2016

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...

Color Illustration of Avian Botulism transport through species
September 24, 2016

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,...

Collage of various photos of processing in a Microbiology Laboratory showing equipment
September 24, 2016

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...

Water Quality Monitoring site with Isco Sampler and Virus Sampler on the Clinton River, for GLRI sampling effort.
September 24, 2016

To better understand the quality of water flowing into the Great Lakes, the USGS is conducting water-quality analyses for nutrients, sediment, and toxic substances and estimating the amount (load) of these substances for tributaries to the Great Lakes. Information on the occurrence and distribution of contaminants is needed to provide baseline information, measure progress towards restoration...

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Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Screenshot of the Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper
April 8, 2016

Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper

The Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper is a data-discovery tool that provides searchable access to detailed, project-specific information about what, where, when, and how GL data were collected and connects users with data repositories, publications, and contact information so they can easily access the project’s results.

Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program
March 4, 2016

Long Term Resource Monitoring

This web resource provides decision makers with the information needed to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a viable multiple-use large river ecosystem.

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Screenshot of the Michigan Lake Water Clarity Interactive Map Viewer
September 15, 2016

Available online are estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values for Michigan inland lakes. To view available eSDT for Michigan inland lakes greater than 20 acres without interference from clouds, cloud shadows, dense vegetation or shoreline, go to the Michigan Lake Water Clarity Interactive Map Viewer. 

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Screenshot of the Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper
April 11, 2016

The Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper is a data-discovery tool that provides searchable access to detailed, project-specific information about what, where, when, and how GL data were collected and connects users with data repositories, publications, and contact information so they can easily access the project’s results.

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April 6, 2016

USGS topographic maps originally published on paper in the period 1884-2006 have been scanned and published as PDF documents. This collection is of topographic quadrangle maps with scales between 1:10,000 and 1:250,000. These historic documents are downloadable free of charge through several interfaces.

Map shows color-coded seafloor character offshore of Monterey, California
March 7, 2016

This portal is a “go to” source for maps related to ocean and coastal mapping. Information is organized by geography or region, by theme, and by the year data was published.

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Report on a pumping test at Evansville, Indiana
Year Published: 1951

Report on a pumping test at Evansville, Indiana

Publication's summary is not available

Mickels, F.C.; Ward, P.E.
Report on a pumping test at Evansville, Indiana; 1951; OFR; 51-138; Mickels, F. C.; Ward, P. E.
The role of ground water in the national water situation: With state summaries based on reports by District Offices of Ground Water Branch
Year Published: 1963

The role of ground water in the national water situation: With state summaries based on reports by District Offices of Ground Water Branch

Ground water in the United States has emerged from a quantitatively minor (though incalculably valuable) water source, whose chief role was in the settlement of primitive areas, to a major source now accounting for one-fifth to one-sixth of the Nation's total withdrawal requirements for water.

McGuinness, Charles Lee
The role of ground water in the national water situation : with state summaries based on reports by District Offices of Ground Water Branch; 1963; WSP; 1800; McGuinness, Charles Lee
Reservoirs in the United States
Year Published: 1966

Reservoirs in the United States

This report summarizes the storage capacities and related data of reservoirs and controlled natural lakes for the contermimous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Data are given for all storage facilities having a usable capacity of 5,000 acre-feet or more and completed or under construction as of Jan 1, 1963. A...

Martin, R.O.R.; Hanson, Ronald L.
Reservoirs in the United States; 1966; WSP; 1838; Martin, R. O. R.; Hanson, Ronald L.
A procedure for evaluating environmental impact
Year Published: 1971

A procedure for evaluating environmental impact

In a recent article in "Science" discussing the Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Gillette (1971) states "The law's instructions for preparing an impact report apparently are not specific enough to insure that an agency will fully, or even usefully, examine the environmental effects of the projects it plans." This report contains a procedure that...

Leopold, Luna Bergere; Clarke, F.E.; Hanshaw, B.B.; Balsley, J.R.
A procedure for evaluating environmental impact; 1971; CIR; 645; Leopold, Luna Bergere; Clarke, F. E.; Hanshaw, B. B.; Balsley, J. R.
Channel movement of meandering Indiana streams
Year Published: 1971

Channel movement of meandering Indiana streams

The process of channel movement in a meander system involves rotation and translation of meander loops and an increasing path length. The amount of path-length increase is directly proportional to the impulse supplied by discharge and is inversely proportional to the silt-clay percentage of the material composing the channel perimeter. Comparable...

Daniel, James F.
Channel movement of meandering Indiana streams; 1971; PP; 732-A; Daniel, James F.
Continuing sediment investigation in Indiana by the U.S. Geological Survey; a progress report
Year Published: 1971

Continuing sediment investigation in Indiana by the U.S. Geological Survey; a progress report

Publication's summary is not available

Johnson, Lynn E.
Continuing sediment investigation in Indiana by the U.S. Geological Survey; a progress report; 1971; OFR; 71-160; Johnson, Lynn E.
Comparison of evaporation computation methods, Pretty Lake, Lagrange County, northeastern Indiana
Year Published: 1972

Comparison of evaporation computation methods, Pretty Lake, Lagrange County, northeastern Indiana

Evaporation from Pretty Lake has been computed for a 2%- year period between 1963 and 1965 by the use of an energy budget, mass-transfer parameters, a water budget, a class-A pan, and a computed pan evaporation technique. The seasonal totals for the different methods are within 8 percent of their mean and are within 11 percent of the rate of 79...

Ficke, John F.
Comparison of evaporation computation methods, Pretty Lake, Lagrange County, northeastern Indiana; 1972; PP; 686-A; Ficke, John F.
Definitions of selected ground-water terms, revisions and conceptual refinements
Year Published: 1972

Definitions of selected ground-water terms, revisions and conceptual refinements

For many years there has been a need for redefinition or more precise definition of certain ground-water terms used in publications by members of the U.S . Geological Survey. Another problem has been the expression of the coefficient of permeability (herein redefined as hydraulic conductivity) and the coefficient of transmissibility (herein...

Lohman, Stanley William
Definitions of selected ground-water terms, revisions and conceptual refinements; 1972; WSP; 1988; Lohman, Stanley William
Water resources of the Middle Wabash River basin, Indiana
Year Published: 1974

Water resources of the Middle Wabash River basin, Indiana

Publication's summary is not available

Marie, James R.; Davis, L.G.
Water resources of the Middle Wabash River basin, Indiana; 1974; HA; 508; Marie, James R.; Davis, L. G.
A water-quality assessment of the Anderson River watershed, Crawford, Dubois, Perry, and Spencer counties, Indiana
Year Published: 1975

A water-quality assessment of the Anderson River watershed, Crawford, Dubois, Perry, and Spencer counties, Indiana

Publication's summary is not available

Ayers, M.A.; Shampine, William J.
A water-quality assessment of the Anderson River watershed, Crawford, Dubois, Perry, and Spencer counties, Indiana; 1975; OFR; 75-325; Ayers, M. A.; Shampine, William J.
A water-quality assessment of the Delaney Creek Watershed, Washington County, Indiana, 1974
Year Published: 1975

A water-quality assessment of the Delaney Creek Watershed, Washington County, Indiana, 1974

Publication's summary is not available

Arihood, Leslie D.
A water-quality assessment of the Delaney Creek Watershed, Washington County, Indiana, 1974; 1975; OFR; 75-611; Arihood, Leslie D.
A water-quality assessment of the Jordan Creek watershed, Warren County, Indiana
Year Published: 1975

A water-quality assessment of the Jordan Creek watershed, Warren County, Indiana

Publication's summary is not available

Ayers, M.A.
A water-quality assessment of the Jordan Creek watershed, Warren County, Indiana; 1975; OFR; 75-323; Ayers, M. A.
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Shiny Apps
February 15, 2017

This data exploration tool is intented for use by researchers, resource managers, and the public to better understand the status of the fish community in Lake Erie.

Data entry for Calculate Streamflow Depletion by Nearby Pumping Well
May 16, 2008

STRMDEPL08—An Extended Version of STRMDEPL with Additional Analytical Solutions to Calculate Streamflow Depletion by Nearby Pumping Well

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Ice jam at Ponca Creek at Verdel, NE, February 15, 2017
February 15, 2017
USGS Nebraska Water Science Center hydrologic technician, Nathan Shultz, collecting depth and velocity data at the USGS streamgaging station 06453600 Ponca Creek at Verdel, Nebraska during an ice jam on February 15, 2017.
USGS Dakota Water Science Center
February 14, 2017
From left to right: Joyce Williamson is the director, Steve Robinson is the deputy director for data and Janet Carter is the deputy director for studies of the newly-formed USGS Dakota Water Science Center.
January 2017 (approx.)
Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Surface Reflectance Data Part 2: Using the Data This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Surface Reflectance data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about the definition of “Surface...
January 2017 (approx.)
Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Surface Reflectance Data Part 1: All About Accessing Data This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Surface Reflectance data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about the MODIS Version 6...
Hydrologic technician making an ice-affected stream discharge measurement.
January 19, 2017
Hydrologic Technician, James Albrecht, from the North Platte Field Office making a measurement of discharge under ice using a Flowtracker acoustic velocity meter on a top-setting wading rod. The string going across the picture is a tagline, used for measuring distance across the channel so that he can note the location of the ice hole he is working in. Typically, the technician will drill about...
2016 (approx.)
Did you know that tree canopy cover can be measured from space? The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites can do just that by providing data that are used to calculate Leaf Area Index (LAI). LAI is a measurement of green leaf area in broadleaf tree canopies and needle surface area in coniferous tree canopies. This data visualization...
2016 (approx.)
This video will provide a brief history and purpose for one of the oldest streamgages in Indiana. The gage is at the Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana. The site number is 03335500. This video was produced at the request of the West Lafayette Parks Department where this historic gage is located. A QR code is displayed on an interpretive plaque next to the gage which is located in a high profile...
2016 (approx.)
This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 land data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). This video will cover how to learn more about MODIS Version 6 data using the LP DAAC website, the MODIS file naming convention, and the external...
2016 (approx.)
The seasonal progression of global vegetation is driven by the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis and its annual orbit around the Sun. In turn, global seasonality drives major changes in important environmental factors such as global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. This data visualization illustrates this phenomenon using weekly Enhanced Vegetation Index 2 (EVI2) data, from the NASA...
Satellite image that shows the flooding in Iowa for the Cedar River.
September 26, 2016
Images from Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager sensor show the dramatic transformation of the river as it flows toward Cedar Rapids. On July 8, 2016, the shallow river meanders into the city, surrounded by green crops in the heart of the growing season. The September 26 image shows the overflowing river at a time when magenta tones around it speak to a countryside preparing for the harvest.
2016 (approx.)
Watch as the USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station water tank and pump house are constructed from the ground up! This short video features time lapse photography of the 1-million gallon water tank and pump house constructed to supply water to a state-of-the-art aquatic science laboratory. Laboratory construction will occur over the next several years and will also be chronicled with time lapse...
August 2016 (approx.)
Video of ARIS Sonar imagery showing a female and two male shovelnose sturgeon over an egg deposition location recorded during controlled experiments to study spawning behavior.
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River with blue reflection, in late summer, leaves just starting to turn from green to gold.
March 2, 2017

Human and bovine, or cattle, viruses were detected in a small percentage of some Great Lakes Basin streams, with human viruses more prevalent in urban streams and bovine viruses more common in streams in agricultural areas, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study.

USGS logo
February 22, 2017

Joyce E. Williamson, a native of South Dakota and a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology alumna, was selected as the director of the newly formed U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center. Williamson is located in the center’s Rapid City, South Dakota, office. 

USGS: Science for a changing world
February 13, 2017

Water-level changes from 2002 to 2015 were examined in wells screened in the High Plains aquifer within the Republican River Basin and the results are now available in a new U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map.

Map of Northern High Plains Aquifer
December 13, 2016

A new U.S. Geological Survey publication and model can be applied by multiple entities to better understand flow, quantity, sources and sinks of groundwater in the Northern High Plains Aquifer, which covers approximately 100,000 square miles across Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

Sunrise over a wetland habitat
December 12, 2016

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Launches Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tools