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Failure of a pier supporting the railroad bridge over the Wabash River, January 12, 2005
Date Published: July 28, 2016
Status: Active

River Meander Modeling - Wabash River

Significant flood events on the Wabash River between 3 mi downstream of Mt. Carmel, IL to 10 mi downstream from New Harmony, IN caused the collapse of the railroad pier, bridge, and trusses which crossed the river. Scientists are using two models to evaluate how future flooding may impact the current I-64 bridge and the river channel. One model will focus on river meander migration. The second...

Contacts: Justin Boldt
a birder on a bridge looking at the birds
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

A crowd of people in a National Park.
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp
Date Published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

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Date Published: March 3, 2016
Status: Completed

Developing a USGS Legacy Data Inventory to Preserve and Release Historical USGS Data

Legacy data (n) - Information stored in an old or obsolete format or computer system that is, therefore, difficult to access or process. (Business Dictionary, 2016) For over 135 years, the U.S. Geological Survey has collected diverse information about the natural world and how it interacts with society. Much of this legacy information is one-of-a-kind and in danger of being lost forever...

Mississippi Embayment Regional Aquifer Study - Map
Date Published: January 21, 2009

Digital Hydrogeologic Surface and Thickness of the Mississippi Embayment Regional Aquifer Study (MERAS)

Short Title: MERAS Framework

Project Chief: Rheannon Hart

Cooperator: U.S. Geological Survey Office of Ground-Water Resources Program

Project Time Frame: January 2006 - 2009

A hydrogeologic framework for a ground-water flow model is under development as part...

Contacts: Rheannon M Hart
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Year Published: 2010

Estimated Withdrawals and Other Elements of Water Use in the Great Lakes Basin of the United States in 2005

Estimates of water withdrawals in the United States part of the Great Lakes Basin and 107 of its watersheds designated by the 8-digit hydrologic unit code (HUCs) indicate that about 30.3 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for practically all categories of use in 2005. Virtually all water withdrawn was freshwater. Surface-water...

Mills, P.C.; Sharpe, Jennifer B.
Estimated Withdrawals and Other Elements of Water Use in the Great Lakes Basin of the United States in 2005; 2010; SIR; 2010-5031; Mills, Patrick C.; Sharpe, Jennifer B.

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Year Published: 2008

The April 18, 2008 Illinois earthquake: an ANSS monitoring success

The largest-magnitude earthquake in the past 20 years struck near Mt. Carmel in southeastern Illinois on Friday morning, 18 April 2008 at 09:36:59 UTC (04:37 CDT). The Mw 5.2 earthquake was felt over an area that spanned Chicago and Atlanta, with about 40,000 reports submitted to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) “Did You Feel It?” system. There...

Herrmann, Robert B.; Withers, M.; Benz, H.
The April 18, 2008 Illinois earthquake: an ANSS monitoring success; 2008; Article; Journal; Seismological Research Letters; Herrmann, R. B.; Withers, M.; Benz, H.

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Year Published: 2004

Preliminary results of a dam-removal analysis on brewster creek near st. Charles, Illinois, 2002-2004

The benefits of gradually removing a dam (through multiple notches) are to reduce the total project cost and reduce possible environmental effects by allowing the impounded sediment to slowly move downstream, and a stable stream and revegetated floodplain to form upstream. Notching, in this study of a dam on Brewster Creek, near St. Charles,...

Kosky, K.M.; Straub, T.D.; Roseboom, D.P.; Johnson, G.P.
Preliminary results of a dam-removal analysis on brewster creek near st. Charles, Illinois, 2002-2004; 2004; Conference Paper; Proceedings of the 2004 Self-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Wetlands, and Watersheds Conference; Kosky, K. M.; Straub, T. D.; Roseboom, D. P.; Johnson, G. P.

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Year Published: 2004

St. Louis Metro East region sediment and geomorphic study

Judy's Branch, a small basin (8.64 mi2) near Glen Carbon, Illinois, is selected as a pilot site to determine sediment yield and channel erosion of streams draining the bluffs of the American Bottoms in the Metro East area of Illinois. This paper presents results of an on-going sediment and geomorphic study in Judy's Branch. The average suspended-...

Straub, T.D.
St. Louis Metro East region sediment and geomorphic study; 2004; Conference Paper; Proceedings of the 2004 World Water and Environmetal Resources Congress: Critical Transitions in Water and Environmetal Resources Management; Straub, T. D.

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Delineation of the Troy Bedrock Valley and particle-tracking analysis of ground-water flow underlying Belvidere, Illinois

The U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency began a study of the hydrogeology, flow system, and distribution of contaminants in the aquifers underlying Belvidere, Ill., and vicinity in 1992. As part of the study, the ancestral Troy Bedrock Valley, located about 1.5 miles west of...

Mills, P.C.; Halford, K.J.; Cobb, R.P.
Delineation of the Troy Bedrock Valley and particle-tracking analysis of ground-water flow underlying Belvidere, Illinois; 2002; WRI; 2002-4062; Mills, Patrick C.; Halford, Keith J.; Cobb, R. P.

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Year Published: 2002

Use of isotopes to identify sources of ground water, estimate ground-water-flow rates, and assess aquifer vulnerability in the Calumet Region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois

Isotope data collected in the Calumet Region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois, one of the most heavily industrialized regions of the United States, indicated that water in the surficial Calumet aquifer is well mixed. The Calumet aquifer is recharged areally by precipitation and locally may be recharged by surface water. The...

Kay, Robert T.; Bayless, E. Randall; Solak, Robert A.
Kay, R.T., Bayless, E.R., and Solak, R.A., 2002, Use of isotopes to identify sources of ground water, estimate ground-water-flow rates, and assess aquifer vulnerability in the Calumet Region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002–4213, 70 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/wri024213.

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Year Published: 2002

Estimated water withdrawals, water use, and water consumption in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, 1950-95

From 1950 through 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey tabulated water withdrawals throughout the United States, including the northcentral States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. During this period, total water withdrawals increased in each of the north-central States by at least a factor of two. Illinois led...

Kay, Robert T.
Estimated water withdrawals, water use, and water consumption in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, 1950-95; 2002; WRI; 2001-4116; Kay, Robert T.

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Year Published: 2002

In Search of Easy-to-Use Methods for Calibrating ADCP's for Velocity and Discharge Measurements

A cost-effective procedure for calibrating acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) in the field was presented. The advantages and disadvantages of various methods which are used for calibrating ADCP were discussed. The proposed method requires the use of differential global positioning system (DGPS) with sub-meter accuracy and standard software...

Oberg, K.
In Search of Easy-to-Use Methods for Calibrating ADCP's for Velocity and Discharge Measurements; 2002; Conference Paper; Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods; Oberg, K.

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Year Published: 2002

Hydrogeology and simulation of ground-water flow in the aquifers underlying Belvidere, Illinois

The U.S. Geological Survey investigated the ground-water-flow system and distribution of contaminants in the vicinity of Belvidere, Illinois, during 1992?2000. The study included the compilation, collection, and analyses of hydrogeologic and water-quality data and simulation of the ground-water-flow system. Hydrogeologic data include...

Mills, P.C.; Nazimek, J.E.; Halford, K.J.; Yeskis, D.J.
Hydrogeology and simulation of ground-water flow in the aquifers underlying Belvidere, Illinois; 2002; WRI; 2001-4100; Mills, Patrick C.; Nazimek, J. E.; Halford, K. J.; Yeskis, D. J.

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Year Published: 2000

Equations for estimating Clark Unit-hydrograph parameters for small rural watersheds in Illinois

Equations for estimating the time of concentration (TC) and storage coefficient (R) of the Clark unit-hydrograph method were developed for small rural watersheds [0.02-2.3 square miles (mi2)] in Illinois. The equations will provide State and local engineers and planners with more accurate methods to estimate the TC and R for use in simulating...

Straub, Timothy D.; Melching, Charles S.; Kocher, Kyle E.
Equations for estimating Clark Unit-hydrograph parameters for small rural watersheds in Illinois; 2000; WRI; 2000-4184; Straub, Timothy D.; Melching, Charles S.; Kocher, Kyle E.

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Year Published: 1999

Estimated water withdrawals and use in Illinois, 1992

The total amount of water withdrawn in Illinois during 1992 was about 19,076 (Mgal/d) million gallons per day. About 16,101 Mgal/d, or about 84 percent of this total, was withdrawn for thermoelectric-power generation, and about 1,877 Mgal/d was withdrawn by and delivered from public-supply facilities. About 1,910 Mgal/d of surface water was...

Avery, Charles
Estimated water withdrawals and use in Illinois, 1992; 1999; OFR; 99-97; Avery, Charles

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Year Published: 1999

Reaeration equations derived from U.S. geological survey database

Accurate estimation of the reaeration-rate coefficient (K2) is extremely important for waste-load allocation. Currently, available K2 estimation equations generally yield poor estimates when applied to stream conditions different from those for which the equations were derived because they were derived from small databases composed of potentially...

Melching, Charles S.; Flores, H.E.
Reaeration equations derived from U.S. geological survey database; 1999; Article; Journal; Journal of Environmental Engineering; Melching, C. S.; Flores, H. E.

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October 15, 2015

Grass carp egg survival is compromised when they settle on streambeds and are potentially covered by sediments, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. It has been long assumed that the eggs of Asian carps, including grass carp, must be carried in the water current in order to hatch successfully, but no previous scientific studies have proven that theory.

Graph: Peak ground-motion variability for a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
July 30, 2015

Computer simulations of earthquake shaking, replicating the quakes that occurred in 1811-1812 in the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ), indicate that future large earthquakes there would produce major, prolonged ground shaking.

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June 29, 2015

Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

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April 16, 2015

The likelihood of Asian carp eggs being kept in suspension and hatching in the St. Joseph River in Michigan has been further evaluated using a model that examines a range of multiple flow and water temperature scenarios. Results illustrate the highest percentage of Asian carp eggs at risk of hatching occurs when the streamflow is low and when the water temperature is high.

Crowdsourced Earthquake Warnings illustration
April 10, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif.— Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes according to newly reported research.

Crowdsourced Earthquake Warnings illustration
April 10, 2015

MENLO PARK, California — Los teléfonos móviles y otros dispositivos electrónicos personales podrían ayudar en las regiones donde se encuentran en uso generalizado, y pueden funcionar como sistemas de alerta para terremotos mayor según la nueva investigación científica recien publicada.

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December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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December 15, 2014

Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

The Bumble Bee, Arizona US Topo map
December 4, 2014

As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis. 

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November 24, 2014

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

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October 21, 2014

A new partnership will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on the quality of our Nation's water.  Working together, USDA's NRCS and DOI's USGS will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.

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June 25, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

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