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Illinois

The USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center collects, analyzes and disseminates the impartial hydrologic data and information needed to wisely and effectively manage water resources in Illinois. Our scientific research affects current issues ranging from flood and drought hazards to the impact and control of invasive species.

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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. 

Date published: March 3, 2016
Status: Active

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...

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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Date published: April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: 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.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Date published: 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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20 cool facts about the New Madrid Seismic Zone-Commemorating the bicentennial of the New Madrid earthquake sequence, December 1811-February 1812 [poster]

This poster summarizes a few of the more significant facts about the series of large earthquakes that struck the New Madrid seismic zone of southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, and adjacent parts of Tennessee and Kentucky from December 1811 to February 1812. Three earthquakes in this sequence had a magnitude (M) of 7.0 or greater. The...

Williams, R. A.; McCallister, N.S.; Dart, R. L.
20 cool facts about the New Madrid Seismic Zone-Commemorating the bicentennial of the New Madrid earthquake sequence, December 1811-February 1812 [poster]; 2011; GIP; 134; Williams, R. A.; McCallister, N.S.; Dart, R. L.

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Bicentennial of the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquake sequence December 2011-2012

A series of earthquakes hit the New Madrid seismic zone of southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, and adjacent parts of Tennessee and Kentucky, in December 1811 to February 1812. Three earthquakes had a magnitude of 7.0 or greater. The first earthquake occurred December 16, 1811, at 2:15 a.m.; the second 9 a.m. on January 23, 1812; and the...

Bicentennial of the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquake sequence December 2011-2012; 2010; GIP; 118; U.S. Geological Survey

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Estimation of groundwater use for a groundwater-flow model of the Lake Michigan Basin and adjacent areas, 1864-2005

The U.S. Geological Survey, at the request of Congress, is assessing the availability and use of the Nation's water resources to help characterize how much water is available now, how water availability is changing, and how much water can be expected to be available in the future. The Great Lakes Basin Pilot project of the U.S. Geological Survey...

Buchwald, Cheryl A.; Luukkonen, Carol L.; Rachol, Cynthia M.
Estimation of groundwater use for a groundwater-flow model of the Lake Michigan Basin and adjacent areas, 1864-2005; 2010; SIR; 2010-5068; Buchwald, Cheryl A.; Luukkonen, Carol L.; Rachol, Cynthia M.

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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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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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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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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, Keith J.; Cobb, R.P.
Mills, P.C., Halford, K.J., Cobb, R.P., 2002, Delineation of the Troy Bedrock Valley and particle-tracking analysis of ground-water flow underlying Belvidere, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 02–4062, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/wri024062.

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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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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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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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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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Ohio River at Olmsted IL - AVM crane
July 12, 2013

Ohio River at Olmsted IL - AVM crane

Ohio River at Olmsted IL - AVM crane

Large blue pipes convey water from a public-supply well
December 31, 2010

Public-supply well in Illinois

Public-supply wells pump higher volumes of water than domestic-supply wells.  This photo appears in Circular 1352, Water Quality in the Glacial Aquifer System, Northern United States, one of a series of circulars on groundwater quality in the

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Ohio River at Olmsted IL - access ladder to gage
May 12, 2006

Ohio River at Olmsted IL - access ladder to gage

Ohio River at Olmsted IL - access ladder to gage

USGS
August 3, 2021

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2018

This data set contains supplemental aggregates data for the USGS Minerals Yearbook Volume II—Area Reports: Domestic. It contains data for the years 1971 through 2018 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/15/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/15/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/21/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/21/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/29/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/29/20

View of bridge and river from webcam

Salt Creek at Wood Dale, IL (05531175)

 

This site is located at Irving Park Road in Wood Dale, Illinois. The time is reported in Central Standard Time and the bridge-pier elevations are referenced to NGVD 1929.

This site is operated in cooperation with the DuPage County, Illinois, Stormwater Management Division

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 11/10/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 11/10/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 11/24/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 11/24/20

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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

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.

Image of a red dye study conducted in the Brandon Road Lock on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, in 2015.
June 6, 2017

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will inject a harmless, bright red fluorescent dye into the auxiliary lock at Locks and Dam 14 on the Mississippi River near Pleasant Valley, Iowa, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, weather permitting. If needed, a backup date is scheduled for June 27, 2017.  

Jumping Silver Carp
April 26, 2017

If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Michigan, there would be enough food available for these particular species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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.

Photo of a USGS scientist measuring of flow of water around the barge in Illinois.
June 14, 2016

When a moving barge encounters small fish in the Illinois Waterway there is a possibility that the fish will become trapped in the gap between barges, according to a new study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Close up photo of synthetic surrogate eggs in water
April 7, 2016

Laboratory experiments in flowing water using synthetic surrogate Silver Carp eggs demonstrate egg suspension at lower velocities than previously thought, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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