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Michigan

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.

Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center
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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan
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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

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
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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

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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 first page of Western Lake Erie Water Monitoring Summary
May 28, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is measuring streamflow and collecting nutrient and sediment samples at stream gages in the Western Lake Erie Basin in Northwest Ohio.  

Housing structure for USGS Stream gage with Clear Fork Mohican River in the background
May 11, 2017

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates a network of real-time streamgages that continually record stage and streamflow every 15 to 60 minutes. 

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.

Potash
April 17, 2017

For more than two decades, researchers, geologists, and investors had no idea they were standing above tremendous wealth. Thousands of feet deep beneath the surface of western Michigan, a potential multibillion-dollar potash deposit was discovered. Potash—a mineral salt containing high levels of potassium—is an ingredient in fertilizer essential for growing crops.

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. 

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Great Lakes Science Center

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan
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