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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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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.
Straub, T.D., Melching, C.S., and Kocher, K.E., 2000, Equations for estimating Clark Unit-hydrograph parameters for small rural watersheds in Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 00–4184, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/wri004184.

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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The total amount of water withdrawn in Illinois during 1992 was about 19,076 (Mgal/d) million gallons per day. About 16,101 Mgal/d, or about 84 percent of this total, was withdrawn for thermoelectric-power generation, and about 1,877 Mgal/d was withdrawn by and delivered from public-supply facilities.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
Attribution: Water Resources
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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Year Published: 1998

Geologic, hydrologic, and water-quality data from selected boreholes and wells in and near Belvidere, Illinois, 1989-96

This report presents selected geologic, hydrologic, and water-quality data collected in and near Belvidere, Ill., during 1989-96. The data were collected primarily by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of an ongoing ground-water study of the glacial drift aquifer and bedrock aquifers of Ordovician and...

Mills, P. C.; Yeskis, D.J.; Straub, T.D.
Geologic, hydrologic, and water-quality data from selected boreholes and wells in and near Belvidere, Illinois, 1989-96; 1998; OFR; 97-242; Mills, P. C.; Yeskis, D. J.; Straub, T. D.

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Year Published: 1998

Water withdrawals in Illinois, 1995

Avery, Charles F.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water withdrawals in Illinois, 1995; 1998; FS; 063-98; Avery, Charles F.

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Year Published: 1998

Rainfall in and near Du Page County, Illinois, October 1991-September 1995

Twenty-four hour rainfall data are presented for 11 rain gages in and near Du Page County, Illinois. Daily rainfall totals were recorded from October 1, 1991, to September 30, 1995. Station descriptions include site identifiers, locations, drainage basins, types of instrumentation, accuracy, and periods of record. Missing and partial rainfall data...

Straub, T.D.; Hornewer, Nancy J.; Duncker, James J.
Rainfall in and near Du Page County, Illinois, October 1991-September 1995; 1998; OFR; 97-582; Straub, T. D.; Hornewer, N. J.; Duncker, J. J.

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Year Published: 1997

Characterization of fill deposits in the Calumet region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois

In October 1993, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, began a study of the fill deposits in the Calumet region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois. Fill in this area is a mixture of steel-industry wastes, other industrial waste, municipal solid waste, dredging spoil, construction...

Kay, Robert T.; Greeman, Theodore K.; Duwelius, Richard F.; King, Robin B.; Nazimek, John E.; Petrovski, David M.
Characterization of fill deposits in the Calumet region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois; 1997; WRI; 96-4126; Kay, Robert T.; Greeman, Theodore K.; Duwelius, Richard F.; King, Robin B.; Nazimek, John E.; Petrovski, David M.

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Year Published: 1996

Estimated water withdrawals and use in Illinois, 1990

The total amount of water withdrawn in Illinois during 1990 was about 18,016 million gallons per day (Mgal/d). This amount was about 740 Mgal/d less than in 1988. The total water withdrawn for thermoelectric-power generation was about 15,170 Mgal/d; about 370 Mgal/d was consumptively used. About 936 Mgal/d, or 33 percent, of the total water...

Avery, C.C.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated water withdrawals and use in Illinois, 1990; 1996; OFR; 96-396; Avery, C. C.

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Year Published: 1996

Geohydrology, Water Levels and Directions of Flow, and Occurrence of Light-Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids on Ground Water in Northwestern Indiana and the Lake Calumet Area of Northeastern Illinois

A study was performed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to describe the geohydrology and distribution of light-nonaqueousphase liquids in an industrialized area of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois. The geologic units of concern underlying this area are the carbonates of the...

Kay, Robert T.; Duwelius, Richard F.; Brown, Timothy A.; Micke, Frederick A.; Witt-Smith, Carol A.
Geohydrology, Water Levels and Directions of Flow, and Occurrence of Light-Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids on Ground Water in Northwestern Indiana and the Lake Calumet Area of Northeastern Illinois; 1996; WRI; 95-4253; Kay, Robert T.; Duwelius, Richard F.; Brown, Timothy A.; Micke, Frederick A.; Witt-Smith, Carol A.

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Year Published: 1995

Estimated water withdrawals and use in Illinois, 1988

The total amount of water withdrawn in Illinois during 1988 was about 18,756 million gallons per day (Mgal/d). About 1,170 Mgal/d, or 37 percent, of the total water withdrawn in Illinois, excluding withdrawals for thermoelectric-power generation, was ground water; about 1,998 Mgal/d of surface water was withdrawn and used, excluding withdrawals...

Avery, C.F.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated water withdrawals and use in Illinois, 1988; 1995; OFR; 95-309; Avery, C. F.

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Year Published: 1994

Proceedings Abstracts: American Water Resources Association's Symposium on the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program--November 7-9, 1994, Chicago, Illinois

Approximately 418,000 pounds of triazine herbicides are applied annually to control weeds in crops grown in the Albemarle-Pamilico Sound drainage basin, located in North Carolina and Virginia. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to detect concentrations of total triazine herbicides in streams draining into Albemarle-Pamlico Sound. Water...

Sorenson, Stephen K.
Proceedings Abstracts: American Water Resources Association's Symposium on the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program--November 7-9, 1994, Chicago, Illinois; 1994; OFR; 94-397; Edited by Sorenson, Stephen K.

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Year Published: 1993

Water-level, velocity, and dye measurements in the Chicago tunnels

On April 13, 1992, a section of a 100-year-old underground freight tunnel in downtown Chicago, Illinois was breached where the tunnel crosses under the Chicago River, about 15 meters below land surface. The breach allowed water from the Chicago River to flow into the freight tunnels and into buildings connected to the tunnels. As a result, utility...

Oberg, K. A.; Schmidt, A.R.
Water-level, velocity, and dye measurements in the Chicago tunnels; 1993; Conference Paper; Proceedings - National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering; Oberg, K. A.; Schmidt, A. R.

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Webcam for USGS site 05586300 Illinois River at Florence, IL

Webcam at USGS Streamgage 05586300 Illinois River at Florence, IL.

Visit Water Data For the Nation to get current data for this site.

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October 10, 2018

Internship: Large-scale Particle Image Velocimetry (LSPIV) for...

Large-scale Particle Image Velocimetry (LSPIV) for Measuring Complex Flows

Summary: Valuable hydraulic data such as water levels, estimates of discharge, inundated areas, etc., can be extracted from photos and movies taken by engineers and scientists that can be used to help improve the analysis and understanding of flood hazards. The objective of this internship is

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October 10, 2018

Internship: Sediment Acoustics

Sediment Acoustics

Summary: Acoustic instruments are increasingly being used to measure suspendedsediment concentration (SSC) in fluvial environments. The USGS Office of Surface Water, USGS Sediment Acoustics Leadership Team, and the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project are developing standardized methods and software for estimating SSC from acoustic

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/01/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/01/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/08/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO as of 10/08/20

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Visualize Your Water EPA logo
January 13, 2016

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Image: USGS Measures Historic Flooding Across the Nation
January 4, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams in 12 states across the country. USGS is making preparations for a prolonged field effort along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as major flooding will extend well into mid-to-late January, particularly along the lower Mississippi River.

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December 28, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring near-historic flooding on rivers and streams across Illinois.

Source Contribution of Mercury in Great Lakes Sediment
December 10, 2015

For the first time, land and resource managers in the Great Lakes will be able to distinguish between the various sources of mercury in the environment, a toxic chemical of significant concern in the region. This is thanks to a new tool that “fingerprints” the mercury, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Planned US Topo map production schedule for the next three- year revision cycle
November 19, 2015

With the release of new US Topo maps for Illinois and South Dakota, the USGS has completed the second, three-year cycle of revising and updating electronic US Topo quadrangles. This means that since late 2009, the USGS has published nearly every map in the conterminous U.S., twice.

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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.

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