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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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Image: Cladophora Along Lake Michigan
July 26, 2010

Cladophora Along Lake Michigan

Large patches of Cladophora, a green algae, lining the shore of Lake Michigan. Accumulation of Cladophora in shoreline waters is believed to be linked to avian botulism outbreaks, which have recently
Great Lakes Science Center
May 9, 2008

Great Lakes Science Center

Road sign in front of the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor MI.

Lake Whitefish
November 4, 2006

Lake Whitefish

Lake Whitefish from our fall survey.

Winter view of Houghton Lake, Michigan with pressure cracks in the ice
November 27, 2004

Houghton Lake Michigan frozen and cracked

West-side of Houghton Lake during winter when frozen showing pressure cracks in ice.

Tagged lamprey in a stream
July 10, 2003

Tagged lamprey in a stream

A tagged sea lamprey used in our sterile male program is seen attached to a rock in a tributary to Lake Huron.

Lake Sturgeon in the water
June 18, 2003

Lake Sturgeon in the water

Lake Sturgeon in the Detroit River, 2003.

Dr. Suzanne Nicholson in Isle Royale, 1996
December 31, 1996

Dr. Suzanne Nicholson in Isle Royale, 1996

Dr. Suzanne Nicholson in Isle Royale, 1996

Image: Lake Michigan Sand Waves

Lake Michigan Sand Waves

Calm Lake Michigan morning while sampling dead and dying fish for viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV). This virus has recently emerged in the Great Lakes and caused severe epidemics in many fish species.

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Helicopter in flight with the VTEM Plus AEM system from Geotech Ltd. attached underneath.
March 29, 2016

Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

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: Sea Lamprey Parasitic
January 4, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone, 3kPZS, as the first ever vertebrate pheromone biopesticide in late December, 2015. Like an alluring perfume, the mating pheromone is a scent released by male sea lampreys to lure females onto nesting sites.

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.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
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.

Image: USGS Research Vessel Arcticus
August 27, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey will celebrate the newest addition to its fleet of large research vessels during a traditional ceremony in Cheboygan, Michigan, on Monday. The entire Great Lakes fleet will also be dedicated during the ceremony.

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.

USGS science for a changing world logo
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.

April 9, 2015

New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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