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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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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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Date published: April 13, 2016

Ocean Resources for America's Needs

Our scientists conduct research studies focused on geologic mapping, sampling and understanding of mineral and energy resources and studies of the geologic setting and processes to inform renewable energy development offshore.

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...

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Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
June 8, 2016

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

The USGS monitors water quality at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan. 

Assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project
April 5, 2016

Assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project

USGS scientists conduct a post-construction assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project on the St. Clair River, Michigan.

Image: Gulls on Shore of Lake Michigan
March 14, 2016

Gulls on Shore of Lake Michigan

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, with help from many partners and support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, has established "Lake Michigan Volunteer AMBLE - Avian Monitoring for Botulism Lakeshore Events." The goal of AMBLE is to empower a network of concerned citizens to monitor bird health and beach conditions along miles of Lake

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Pitcher's Thistle Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
July 8, 2015

Pitcher's Thistle Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Pitcher's Thistle Sleeping, Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI. Lake Michigan is pictured in the background.

R/V Sturgeon leaving dock
August 12, 2014

R/V Sturgeon leaving dock at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL

The R/V Sturgeon setting sail from the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL on its fall survey of Lake Michigan.  The Sturgeon is based in Cheboygan, MI at the Cheboygan Vessel Base.

Sea Lamprey Hammond Bay Biological Station
April 11, 2014

Sea Lamprey Hammond Bay Biological Station

Sea Lamprey at the Hammond Bay Biological Statioin in Millersburg, MI

December 11, 2013

The NEW Great Lakes Wet Lab - Ann Arbor

The capabilities of the Great Lakes Science Center's new aquatic wet lab are highlighted. Note:Music: "See You Later" by Pitx featuring Fireproof Babies, Bmccosar. Available at http://ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/17154. Creative Commons License: http://

August 31, 2013

USGS Lake Michigan 2013 Bottom Trawl Survey Video Highlights

The U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center has conducted lake-wide surveys of the fish community in Lake Michigan each fall since 1973 using standard 12-m bottom trawls towed along contour at depths of 9 to 110 m at seven different sites around the perimeter of the lake. The resulting data on relative abundance, size and age structure, and condition of

Quagga Mussels
July 18, 2013

Quagga Mussels Caught in Bottom Trawl

These invasive quagga mussels were caught using a trawl, or fishing net. Invasive mussels are causing significant ecological and economic impacts and the range of these impacts continues to increase as they spread across

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R/V Arcticus
September 29, 2012

R/V Arcticus

The Research Vessel Arcticus

Hammond Bay Biological Station
February 8, 2012

Hammond Bay Biological Station

A view of the Hammond Bay Biological Station in Millersburg, MI.

Lake in Michigan, Lower Peninsula
December 31, 2010

Lake in Michigan, Lower Peninsula

Lake in Michigan, Lower Peninsula

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Sea Lamprey Hammond Bay Biological Station
March 28, 2017

Unlike most animals, sea lampreys, an invasive, parasitic species of fish damaging the Great Lakes, could become male or female depending on how quickly they grow, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study published today.

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.

Tethys 1
August 4, 2016

The USGS and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute deployed a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle, named Tethys, in Lake Michigan on August 1. The deployment will last approximately 25 days. Tethys is continuously measuring amounts of algae and fish food called zooplankton across vast distances to help scientists better understand the base of the changing Lake Michigan food web. 

Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island
July 13, 2016

Paleo-ice streams, or corridors within ice sheets that move more quickly than surrounding ice, may have formed much of the egg-laying habitat for critical fish species in Lake Huron during the last glacial period.

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.

USGS
April 1, 2016

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Ralph-Escanaba-Menominee region.

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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