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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 stream gage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the Region. Other research includes fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, mid-continental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

Columbia Environmental Research Center

Columbia Environmental Research Center

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Central Midwest Water Science Center - Missouri

Central Midwest Water Science Center - Missouri

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News

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

Stan Musial bridge in St. Louis, Missouri
October 5, 2017

A new assessment of channel bed erosion near 13 highway bridges in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area is now available in an online report from the U.S. Geological Survey, produced in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Photo of Hydrologist Dan Christiansen
Date Published: September 5, 2018
Status: Active

Research and Investigations

The USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center (CMWSC) is comprised of water science offices in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

The MOWSC conducts research and monitoring on a wide variety of hydrologicial issues affecting steams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater in our three states and across the Nation.

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System
Date Published: August 30, 2018
Status: Active

High-Content Screening Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri

About the Laboratory

Toxicologists at the High-Content Screening Laboratory develop alternative toxicity testing to efficiently provide specific toxicity data to managers and regulators and prioritize compounds for further testing. Our high-content imaging capability provides a highly adaptable platform for early life stage fish toxicity testing at stages considered an...

Samplers used for sampling hydrophilic organic chemicals from water
Date Published: August 29, 2018
Status: Active

Passive Sampling Research — Columbia, Missouri

About the Laboratory

The scientists at the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at the Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC), Missouri, are pioneers in the development and application of passive sampling techniques for environmental monitoring. The goal of passive sampling is to provide a link between chemical occurrence and biological exposure.

A customized extraction system used for the collection and extraction of large volumes of water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
Date Published: August 29, 2018
Status: Active

Environmental Chemistry Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri

About the Laboratory

The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at the Columbia Environmental Research Center, Missouri, develops and applies innovative methods of sampling and analysis to answer critical questions about the occurrence, distribution, fate and transport, and biological exposure of chemical in all environmental matrices (water, air, tissues, sediments, and...

Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish demonstrate changes in swimming behavior
Date Published: August 29, 2018
Status: Active

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri

About the Laboratory

The Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory develops behavioral methods in aquatic toxicology. These assays are used to characterize and quantify effects of contaminants on aquatic organisms. They have utilized these methods with a variety of organisms including larval and juvenile fish and amphibians.

Groundwater waterfall
Date Published: August 22, 2018
Status: Completed

Completed and Archived Projects - Streamflow, Groundwater, and Lakes, CMWSC

Completed and Archived Projects - Streamflow, Groundwater, and Lakes, CMWSC

Aerial view of Missouri River during 1993 flooding
Date Published: August 22, 2018
Status: Completed

The Great Flood of 1993

The Great Flood of 1993 occurred from May through September along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and their tributaries.  Major flooding occurred across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois resulting in over 50 deaths and billions of dollars in damages.

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Can trees serve as indicators for vapor intrusion?
Date Published: August 15, 2018
Status: Active

Trees as bioindicators of potential indoor exposure via vapor intrusion

Scientists wanted to find out if trees can serve as indicators for vapor intrusion.

What can trees tell us about the air we breathe at home?

Science Journal Kids - Cutting edge peer-reviewed science...

Contacts: Jordan L Wilson, V.A. Samaranayake, Joel G. Burken, Matt A Limmer
Boat Ramp at Hermann, Missouri
Date Published: August 10, 2018
Status: Active

River WebCams for the Central Midwest Water Science Center (Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri)

We have installed webcams at a number of locations in the Central Midwest Water Science Center to allow you to view, in real time, the current conditions.  Some of the cameras allow users to temporarily control the tilt, pan, and zoom.  During periods of flooding the Central Midwest Water Science Center may take control of the camera.

 

USGS
Date Published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

Real-Time Data Links

REAL-TIME LINKS:

Streamflow:     IA  || IL ||  MO
Groundwater levels:   ...

Photo of Bird Bands in a Variety of Sizes and Types
Date Published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Energy - Bakken
Date Published: March 8, 2018

Mining and Energy

Scientists are examining a number of issues to characterize potential effects of unconventional oil and gas development in the Bakken Shale within the Williston Basin, located in ND, SD and MT. Research is building upon current/ongoing studies to implement new, innovative research including water quality, water availability, ecological effects, proppant sand, and induced seismicity.

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Science Datasets
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Ontogenetic changes in swimming speed of silver carp, bighead carp, and grass carp larvae-Data

Photo of larval carp
October 10, 2018

Ontogenetic changes in routine and maximum swimming speeds of bighead, grass, and silver carp larvae. Daily measurements of routine swimming speed were taken for two weeks post-hatch using a still camera and the LARVEL program, a custom image-analysis software.

Real-time Data
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Annual Water Data Reports - Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri

Water Data Reports for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
October 5, 2018

Beginning with Water Year 2006 and ending with Water Year 2013, annual water data reports were made available as individual electronic Site Data Sheets for the entire Nation for retrieval, download, and localized printing on demand. As of 2014, NWISWeb now provides an on-demand, print-ready Water-Year Summary as an annual water-data product.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/radiochemical-analyses-small-rodent-whole-bodies-collected-breccia-pipe-uranium-mines-0

Radiochemical analyses of small rodent whole bodies collected from breccia pipe uranium mines and reference locations in the Grand Canyon watershed

Cliff Chipmunk held by field crew member
August 28, 2018

Measurements of gross alpha activity, gross beta activity, and radionuclide activities (isotopic U, isotopic Th, Ra-226) in small rodent bodies. Samples were collected at non-mining and U breccia pipe mining sites in various production stages, in the Grand Canyon watershed.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/stable-carbon-and-nitrogen-isotope-values-muscle-tissue-bigheaded-carps-and-native-filter

Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values in muscle tissue of bigheaded carps and native filter-feeding fish from the lower Missouri River, USA, 2005-2006

Photo of silver carp and gizzard shad
June 29, 2018

Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values (delta 13C and delta 15N) for two filter-feeding fishes native to China, silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), and three native filter-feeding fish including bigmouth buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) and paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) in the lower Missouri River, USA.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/toxicity-chromium-vi-two-mussels-and-amphipod-water-only-exposures-or-without-a-co

Toxicity of Chromium (VI) to Two Mussels and an Amphipod in Water-Only Exposures With or Without a Co-stressor of Elevated Temperature, Zinc, or Nitrate-Data

Hyallela azteca
June 29, 2018

Evaluation of acute and chronic toxicity of chromium VI [Cr (VI)] to the pearlshell and a commonly tested mussel (fatmucket, Lampsilis siliquoidea at 20°C or in association with a co-stressor of elevated temperature (27°C), zinc (50 µg Zn/L), or nitrate (35 mg NO3/L). A commonly tested invertebrate (amphipod, Hyalella azteca) was also tested in chronic exposures.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/organochlorine-chemicals-northern-cardinal-eggs-suburban-washington-dc-usa

Organochlorine chemicals in northern cardinal eggs from suburban Washington, DC USA

Male Northern Red Cardinal
May 24, 2018

Analysis of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in northern cardinal eggs from six neighborhoods near Washington, DC.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/geochemical-and-modal-data-mesoproterozoic-igneous-rocks-st-francois-mountains-southeast

Geochemical and Modal Data for Mesoproterozoic Igneous Rocks of the St. Francois Mountains, Southeast Missouri

USGS science for a changing world
April 13, 2018

This data release accompanies the Data Series report 'Compilation of new and previously published geochemical and modal data for Mesoproterozoic igneous rocks of the St. Francois Mountains, southeast Missouri’ (https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1080). The compilation includes recently acquired as well as previously published geochemical and modal petrographic data for igneous rocks in the St. Franc

Science Datasets
/data-tools/edna-sampling-sites-grand-canyon-region-near-breccia-pipe-uranium-mines-2015-2016

eDNA sampling sites in the Grand Canyon region near breccia pipe uranium mines 2015-2016

Livestock watering tanks in Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip sampled for environmental DNA
March 29, 2018

eDNA sampling sites in the Grand Canyon region near breccia pipe uranium mines_2015_2016

Science Datasets
/data-tools/metabarcoding-environmental-dna-samples-explore-use-uranium-mine-containment-ponds-a

Metabarcoding of environmental DNA samples to explore the use of uranium mine containment ponds as a water source for wildlife

Biologist collecting water samples for environment DNA analysis
March 29, 2018

Water samples tested for eDNA from various vertebrate taxa

GIS Data
/data-tools/future-changes-southcentral-us-wildfire-probability-due-climate-change

Future changes in southcentral U.S. wildfire probability due to climate change

Map of future fire probability due to climate change in southcentral U.S.
March 13, 2018

Globally, changing fire regimes due to climate is one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and society. This dataset presents projections of historic and future fire probability for the southcentral U.S. using downscaled climate projections and the Physical Chemistry Fire Frequency Model (PC2FM, Guyette et al., 2012).

Science Datasets
/data-tools/chronic-toxicity-azoxystrobin-freshwater-amphipods-midges-cladocerans-and-mussels-water

Chronic toxicity of azoxystrobin to freshwater amphipods, midges, cladocerans, and mussels in water-only exposures-Data

Hyallela azteca
January 30, 2018

Data to evaluate the chronic toxicity of azoxystrobin in water-only exposures with an amphipod (Hyalella azteca; 42-d exposure), a midge (Chironomus dilutus; 50-d exposure), a cladoceran (Ceriodaphnia dubia; 7-d exposure), and a unionid mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea; 28-d exposure) at environmentally relevant concentrations. 

Science Datasets
/data-tools/science-inform-management-floodplain-conservation-lands-under-non-stationary-conditions

Science to Inform Management of Floodplain Conservation Lands under Non-Stationary Conditions

Science Base Logo
January 8, 2018

Metrics for characterizing depth, extent, frequency, duration, and timing of inundation through cloud-based maps for use by floodplain managers.

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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.

Boston.jpg
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.

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Year Published: 2018

Quality of surface water in Missouri, Water Year 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, designed and operates a series of monitoring stations on streams and springs throughout Missouri known as the Ambient Water-Quality Monitoring Network. During water year 2016 (October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016), data presented in this report...

Barr, Miya N.; Bartels, Katherine Ann
Barr, M.N., and Bartels, K.A., 2018, Quality of surface water in Missouri, water year 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1086, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1086.

Year Published: 2018

Bathymetric contour map, surface area and capacity table, and bathymetric difference map for Clearwater Lake near Piedmont, Missouri, 2017

Clearwater Lake, on the Black River near Piedmont in Reynolds County, Missouri, was constructed in 1948 and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood-risk reduction, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat. The lake area is about 1,800 acres with about 34 miles of shoreline at the conservation pool elevation of 498 feet. Since...

Richards, Joseph M.; Huizinga, Richard J.
Richards, J.M., and Huizinga, R.J., 2018, Bathymetric contour map, surface area and capacity table, and bathymetric difference map for Clearwater Lake near Piedmont, Missouri, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3409, 1 sheet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3409.

Year Published: 2018

Missouri StreamStats—A water-resources web application

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maintains and operates more than 8,200 continuous streamgages nationwide. Types of data that may be collected, computed, and stored for streamgages include streamgage height (water-surface elevation), streamflow, and water quality. The streamflow data allow scientists and engineers to calculate...

Ellis, Jarrett T.
Ellis, J.T., 2018, Missouri StreamStats—A water-resources web application: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3003, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183003.

Year Published: 2017

Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis, Missouri, May 23–27, 2016

Bathymetric and velocimetric data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation, near 13 bridges at 8 highway crossings of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area from May 23 to 27, 2016. A multibeam echosounder mapping system was used to obtain...

Huizinga, Richard J.
Huizinga, R.J., 2017, Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis, Missouri, May 23–27, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5076, 102 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175076.

Year Published: 2017

Continuity of the Reelfoot fault across the Cottonwood Grove and Ridgely faults of the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Previous investigators have argued that the northwest-striking Reelfoot fault of northwest Tennessee and southeastern Missouri is segmented. One segment boundary is at the intersection of the northeast-striking Cottonwood Grove and Ridgely strike-slip faults with the Reelfoot fault. We use seismic reflection and geologic mapping to locate and...

Greenwood, M.L.; Woolery, Edward W; Van Arsdale, R. B.; Stephenson, William J.; Patterson, Gary L.
Greenwood, M.L., Woolery, E.W., Van Arsdale, R.B., Stephenson, W.J., and Patterson, G.L., 2016, Continuity of the Reelfoot Fault Across the Cottonwood Grove and Ridgely Faults of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, Bulletin Seismological Society of America, v. 106, n. 6, p. 2674–2685, doi: 10.1785/0120150290.

Year Published: 2016

St. Louis area earthquake hazards mapping project; seismic and liquefaction hazard maps

We present probabilistic and deterministic seismic and liquefaction hazard maps for the densely populated St. Louis metropolitan area that account for the expected effects of surficial geology on earthquake ground shaking. Hazard calculations were based on a map grid of 0.005°, or about every 500 m, and are thus higher in resolution than any...

Cramer, Chris H.; Bauer, Robert A.; Chung, Jae-won; Rogers, David; Pierce, Larry; Voigt, Vicki; Mitchell, Brad; Gaunt, David; Williams, Robert; Hoffman, David; Hempen, Gregory L.; Steckel, Phyllis; Boyd, Oliver S.; Watkins, Connor M.; Tucker, Kathleen; McCallister, Natasha
Cramer C.H., Bauer R.A., Chung J.-W., Rogers J.D., Pierce L., Voigt V., Mitchell B., Gaunt D., Williams R.A., Hoffman D., Hempen G.L., Steckel P.J., Boyd O.S., Watkins C.M., Tucker K., McCallister N.S. St. Louis area earthquake hazards mapping project; seismic and liquefaction hazard maps Seismological Research Letters, January, 2017, Vol. 88, Issue 1, pp. 206-223

Year Published: 2016

Dense lower crust elevates long-term earthquake rates in the New Madrid seismic zone

Knowledge of the local state of stress is critical in appraising intraplate seismic hazard. Inverting earthquake moment tensors, we demonstrate that principal stress directions in the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ) differ significantly from those in the surrounding region. Faults in the NMSZ that are incompatible with slip in the regional stress...

Levandowski, William Brower; Boyd, Oliver S.; Ramirez-Guzman, Leonardo
Levandowski, W., O. S. Boyd, and L. Ramirez-Guzmán (2016), Dense lower crust elevates long-term earthquake rates in the New Madrid seismic zone, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL070175.

Year Published: 2016

Isotopically constrained lead sources in fugitive dust from unsurfaced roads in the southeast Missouri mining district

The isotopic composition of lead (Pb) in fugitive dust suspended by a vehicle from 13 unsurfaced roads in Missouri was measured to identify the source of Pb within an established long-term mining area. A three end-member model using 207Pb/206Pb and concentration as tracers resulted in fugitive dust samples plotting in the mixing field of well...

Witt, Emitt C.; Pribil, Michael; Hogan, John P; Wronkiewicz, David

Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

Year Published: 2015

Ground motion-simulations of 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes, central United States

We performed a suite of numerical simulations based on the 1811–1812 New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ) earthquakes, which demonstrate the importance of 3D geologic structure and rupture directivity on the ground‐motion response throughout a broad region of the central United States (CUS) for these events. Our simulation set consists of 20...

Ramirez-Guzman, L.; Graves, Robert; Olsen, Kim B.; Boyd, Oliver S.; Cramer, Chris H.; Hartzell, Stephen; Ni, Sidao; Somerville, Paul G.; Williams, Robert; Zhong, Jinquan

Year Published: 2015

Crustal deformation in the New Madrid seismic zone and the role of postseismic processes

Global Navigation Satellite System data across the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ) in the central United States over the period from 2000 through 2014 are analyzed and modeled with several deformation mechanisms including the following: (1) creep on subsurface dislocations, (2) postseismic frictional afterslip and viscoelastic relaxation from the...

Boyd, Oliver S.; Robert Smalley, Jr; Zeng, Yuehua
Boyd, O. S., R. Smalley Jr., and Y. Zeng (2015), Crustal deformation in the New Madrid seismic zone and the role of postseismic processes, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JB012049.

Year Published: 2014

Why the New Madrid earthquakes are M 7–8 and the Charleston earthquake is ∼M 7

Estimates of magnitudes of large historical earthquakes are an essential input to and can seriously affect seismic‐hazard estimates. The earthquake‐intensity observations, modified Mercalli intensities (MMI), and assigned magnitudes Mof the 1811–1812 New Madrid events have been reinterpreted several times in the last decade and have...

Cramer, Chris H.; Boyd, Oliver S.
Cramer, C. H., and O. S. Boyd (2014), Why the New Madrid Earthquakes are M7–8 and the Charleston Earthquake is ~M7, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., 104, 2884–2903, doi:10.1785/0120120257.

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Using the 384-well plate format, a single zebrafish embryo is tested in each well
September 24, 2018

Using the 384-well plate format, a single zebrafish embryo is tested

Using the 384-well plate format, a single zebrafish embryo is tested in each well. This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization fli1:egfp zebrafish (3 millimeters long) imaged under a fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) filter.

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System
September 24, 2018

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System

Molecular Devices ImageXpress High-Content Imaging System

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System
September 24, 2018

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System

Molecular Devices ImageXpress High-Content Imaging System that can generate more than 25,000 images in less than 5 hours of automated image acquisition.

This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization fli1:egfp zebrafish (3 millimeters long) imaged under transmitted light
April 17, 2018

This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization

This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization fli1:egfp zebrafish (3 millimeters long) imaged under transmitted light. The same imaging system with was used.

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory -- Columbia, Missouri
April 16, 2018

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory -- Columbia, Missouri

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory -- Columbia, Missouri. Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish

Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish demonstrate changes in swimming behavior
April 16, 2018

Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri. Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish demonstrate changes in swimming behavior detected following exposure to metals. Such changes can impact ability of fish to survive.

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System
April 13, 2018

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System

High-Content Screening Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri. Molecular Devices ImageXpress High-Content Imaging System

The zebrafish developmental cardiovascular toxicity high-content screening assay uses a 384-well plate format
April 13, 2018

TZebrafish developmental cardiovascular toxicity high-content screen

The zebrafish developmental cardiovascular toxicity high-content screening assay uses a 384-well plate format to maximize number of treatments and replicates possible on each plate.

Ozark Spring - a perennial spring in Phelps County, MO
February 25, 2018

Ozark Spring - a perennial spring in Phelps County, Missouri

Ozark Spring is a perennial spring in northern Phelps County, Missouri. It generates a rill that flows into Spring Creek which flows into the Gasconade River. It provides year-round water to livestock in the area.

Asian carp removal in Missouri
February 23, 2018

Asian Carp Removal in Missouri

In 2018, USGS and partners completed an incredible feat against a harmful aquatic invasive species when over 240,000 pounds of invasive Silver Carp and Bighead Carp were removed from Creve Coeur Lake in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

Samplers used for sampling hydrophilic organic chemicals from water
December 31, 2017

Samplers used for sampling hydrophilic organic chemicals from water

Passive Sampling Research—Columbia, Missouri. The polar organic chemical integrative sampler (POCIS - on the left) and semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs - on the right) samplers are used for sampling hydrophilic organic chemicals from water. The SPMDs sampler can also be deployed for air sampling.

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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

Stan Musial bridge in St. Louis, Missouri
October 5, 2017

A new assessment of channel bed erosion near 13 highway bridges in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area is now available in an online report from the U.S. Geological Survey, produced in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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.

Measuring Streamflow
May 11, 2017

Gary Moore spent the last three days of 2015 stacking hefty bags of sand in front of a fellow church member’s brick home. With only 1,000 feet between the house and the swelling Mississippi and Meramec Rivers, Moore and other volunteers worked quickly, in frigid temperatures, to assemble a 10-foot high, 1,000-foot-long sandbag wall to ward off floodwaters.

USGS hydrologic technician Christopher Rowden verifies the accuracy of streamgage information at the Jacks Fork River.
April 30, 2017

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Jennifer LaVista.

Photo of Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015
October 13, 2016

An assessment of the flooding that occurred in the Meramec River Basin from December 2015–January 2016 is available in a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. The report includes peak stages and streamflows, historical comparisons and flood-frequency statistics from the record flood.

CERC ecological research on Missouri River
September 12, 2016

Representatives from the offices of Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey, federal and state partners and city officials for a special 50th anniversary event at the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri, this Thursday, September 15.

Photo of USGS biologist preparing to release a reproductive female pallid sturgeon.
August 5, 2016

A new fact sheet documenting the development of the Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon Effects Analysis (EA) is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey. The EA is an effort to assess how Missouri River management has affected—and may affect—the endangered pallid sturgeon population.

Map of the 48 contiguous states showing Microcystin concentrations
May 31, 2016

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide

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