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The Upper Midwest Water Science Center provides credible and relevant scientific information on critical water resources issues in MI, MN, WI, and beyond. Major focus areas include Great Lakes, ecosystems science, hydrologic monitoring networks, flood frequency and mapping, water availability, and effects of agricultural and urban practices, mineral extraction, and other human activities.

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Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Response to an oil spill on the Kalamazoo River

Enbridge Energy Partners LLP (Enbridge) reported a 30-inch pipeline ruptured on Monday, July 26, 2010, near Marshall, Michigan. The release, estimated at 819,000 gallons, entered Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil 30 miles downstream on the Kalamazoo River. As the federal agency in...

Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Completed

Silver Lake Nutrient Study

Recently, elevated chlorophyll-a concentrations were found related to persistent algal blooms on Silver Lake in Oceana County, MI.  Elevated chlorophyll-a concentrations, high phosphorus concentrations during summer months, as well as a decrease in water clarity indicated potential accelerated eutrophication processes during the last two years, and underscore a need to characterize water and...

Date published: February 13, 2019
Status: Active

Acoustics

Upper Midwest Water Science Center uses acoustic meters for making streamflow measurements. Wading measurements are done using a modified top setting wading rod equipped with an acoustic Doppler velocimeter (ADV). Acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) are used when measurement depths are too deep to wade. ADCP measurements can either be made with a tether or cableway or deployed on a...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: February 10, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater Data Available Online

The USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center cooperates with local and state agencies to collect and maintain groundwater data across the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Michigan, the USGS and local partners actively monitor 90 wells. Of the 90 wells, 22 are continuously monitored with...

Date published: February 9, 2019
Status: Active

Low-Flow Streamgage Network in Michigan

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...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Estimating Lake Water Clarity

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), use a technique modeled after Olmanson and others (2001) to predict water clarity and corresponding trophic state index (TSI) values based on the...

Date published: February 1, 2019
Status: Active

Water Use in Michigan

The USGS compiles water use information by State including estimated amounts, sources, and categories of use every five years since 1950. 

Date published: January 31, 2019
Status: Active

Microbial Ecology

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) conducts ecological studies on the structure and function of eubacterial and archeal communities in the environment. Studies of this type give us basic information about the composition and functionality of different microbial communities and allow us to investigate the effects that natural and...

Contacts: Carrie Givens
Date published: January 30, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Historical NAWQA Programs

The USGS implemented the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991 to develop long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, rivers, groundwater, and aquatic systems in support of national, regional, State, and local information needs and decisions related to water-quality management and policy.

Date published: January 29, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Groundwater

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. Regional and national assessments are possible because of a consistent study design and uniform methods of data collection and analysis. Monitoring data are...

Date published: January 28, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Surface Water National Fixed Network Site Status and Trends

As part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program the USGS MIWSC operates a stream gage and routinely collects water quality samples at the Clinton River at Sterling Heights, MI. station. Water is analyzed for sediment, nutrients, major ions, and a suite of 271 different pesticides. Information obtained...

Date published: January 23, 2019
Status: Active

Avian Botulism in Distressed Great Lakes Environments

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,...

Contacts: Natasha Isaacs
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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: April 8, 2016

FishVis Mapper

The FishVis Mapper is the product of an Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC project, “A Regional Decision Support Tool for Identifying Vulnerabilities of Riverine Habitat and Fishes to Climate Change” that developed an approach for predicting fish species occurrence under current climate conditions and project how fish species occurrence may change under future climate conditions.

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Diver holding a center pivot
October 16, 2018

A center pivot is used for circular transects

A diver is holding onto a pole which is used as a pivot point. A line can be seen that a diver attachs to a camera for running circular transects. Image taken in Lake Michigan near South Manitou Island.

US Congressman Dan Kildee with GLSC employees next to R/V Arcticus
October 14, 2018

US Congressman Dan Kildee with GLSC employees next to R/V Arcticus

US Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), third from left, and his Senior Legislative Assistant Jordan Dickinson, third from right, visit the science and vessel crew of the USGS research vessel Arcticus. Jill Wingifield of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, second from right, also joined the two-hour cruise.

US Congressman Dan Kildee with USGS personnel aboard the R/V Arcticus
October 14, 2018

US Congressman Dan Kildee with USGS personnel aboard the R/V Arcticus

US Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and his Senior Legislative Assistant Jordan Dickinson experience Great Lakes fisheries research first hand aboard the USGS research vessel Arcticus.

October 9, 2018

Playing with a Crayfish Before Sampling

Close up of crayfish next to center pivot. When crayfish swims away, then a diver can be seen next to the center pivot attaching the line for the dive camera transects.
 

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide Two
September 19, 2018

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide 1

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide Two

Hammond Bay Biological Station
September 12, 2018

Hammond Bay Biological Station

The Hammond Bay Biological Stationi. See our Locations page for more information.

Cheboygan Vessel Base
September 12, 2018

Cheboygan Vessel Base

The Cheboygan Vessel Base. Please see our Locations page for more information.

Dive camera system with attached scooter
August 7, 2018

Dive camera system with attached scooter

Dive camera system with attached scooter

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer(right) holding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
July 31, 2018

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer(right) holding the Autonomous

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer (right) holding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The vehicle is in two pieces.

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron
July 19, 2018

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron. USGS divers regularly practice their skills and this study involves choriographed movements.

June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
October 1, 2019

Here is a “spooktacular” challenge just in time for Halloween!  This challenge will focus on cemeteries in the Michigan counties of Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in Wayne Co, MI
September 26, 2019

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

Sea Lamprey
September 12, 2019

Author Tim Folger will write the article for an upcoming issue to be release in the spring or summer of 2020.

Hammond Bay Biological Station Field Work Collage
June 6, 2019

Hammond Bay Biological Station Featured on Voice by Voice of America

Implanting an Acoustic Transmitter into a Cisco
April 30, 2019

Better Cisco Stock Estimations in Lake Superior

USGS
April 12, 2019

Michigan Sea Grant Peer Review

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Great Lakes Science Center

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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