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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: March 28, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Streamflow Data Available Online

The USGS in Michigan-in cooperation with local, State, Tribal, and Federal partners-operates 155 streamgages recording stage and streamflow, and 13 lake-level gages. There are about 7,400 streamgages nationwide; many of these gages provide real-time data in 15-minute increments, which typically are transmitted to the World Wide Web every 1 to 2 hours using satellite, telephone, or cellular...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: March 27, 2019
Status: Active

Water-Quality Monitor Network in Michigan

The USGS operates a network of real-time water-quality monitoring stations that measure up to five physical parameters. The parameters are temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. One to four of those parameters are measured at 26 sites, while all five parameters are measured at 13 sites. These data are used for decision making about hydroelectric power...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: March 24, 2019
Status: Active

Assessing stormwater reduction through green infrastructure: RecoveryPark (Detroit, Mich.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (including urban land conversion and bioswales) at reducing stormwater runoff is being assessed at RecoveryPark, a redeveloped urban farm in Detroit, Michigan. This study will monitor pre- and post-construction storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, precipitation, and potential evapotranspiration.

Contacts: Christopher J Hoard, Stephanie Beeler, Ralph Haefner, Danielle Green, Bill Shuster, Donald Carpenter, Gary Wozniak
Date published: March 23, 2019
Status: Active

Edge-of-field monitoring: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative edge-of-field monitoring focuses on identifying and reducing agricultural sources of excess nutrients which threaten the health of the Great Lakes. The USGS supports these efforts by utilizing edge-of-field monitoring to assess the quantity and quality of agricultural runoff and evaluate conservation practices that aim to reduce sediment and nutrient loss....

Date published: March 20, 2019
Status: Archived

Determination of Algal Toxin Concentrations in Surface Waters at National Parks

The U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the National Park Service began a project in 2012 exploring  levels of the algal toxins in surface drinking water and recreational waters in 3 National Park Service Parks: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

Date published: March 13, 2019
Status: Archived

Water Chemistry Monitoring Project - Rivers and Streams

In support of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Water Chemistry Monitoring Project, the USGS Michigan Water Science Center has been collecting long-term water quality data for Michigan's rivers and streams. 

Contacts: Cynthia Rachol
Date published: March 10, 2019
Status: Active

Connecting Channels

In response to decreasing water levels in the Great Lakes, especially Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) asked USGS to continuously measure flows in the connecting channels of St. Marys, St. Clair, and Detroit Rivers, and Water Survey Canada (WSC) to measure flows of Niagara River. To accommodate the effects of variable backwater and the...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: March 5, 2019
Status: Active

Determine Baseline and Sources of Contaminant Loadings to the Great Lakes

To better understand the quality of water flowing into the Great Lakes, the USGS is conducting water-quality analyses for nutrients, sediment, and toxic substances and estimating the amount (load) of these substances for tributaries to the Great Lakes. Information on the occurrence and distribution of contaminants is needed to provide baseline information, measure progress towards restoration...

Contacts: Daniel Obenauer
Date published: March 3, 2019
Status: Active

Microbial Source Tracking

It is often important to understand the source of fecal indicator bacteria, pathogens, or chemicals that impair the normal use of water. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their genes, specific bacterial pathogens (such as E. coli O157:H7 which is primarily associated with cattle), and host-associated bacterial genes (such as human or animal specific Bacteroides genes), can be used to evaluate...

Contacts: Carrie Givens
Date published: March 2, 2019
Status: Active

Crest-Stage Streamgage Network in Michigan

Historically, small streams with drainage areas less than 100 square miles have not been adequately represented in regional peak- (high) flow analysis. In Michigan, USGS operates 24 traditional crest-stage gages, where stage and streamflow is only measured during high flows, and 6 continuous-record crest-stage gages, where cooperators can continually monitor stage and USGS maintains a high-...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: March 1, 2019
Status: Active

Microbiological Water Quality

Recreational water and industrial discharges are regulated by other federal and state agencies across the country. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) conducts studies to understand the fate and transport of fecal indicator bacteria in surface and groundwater to aid state and federal partners. A variety of standardized protocols are used to...

Contacts: Carrie Givens
Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Active

Lansing Area Emerging Contaminants

The USGS, in cooperation with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, will analyze water sample results from 20 Lansing area wells. The objective of this study is to investigate well characteristics and other factors that may influence the susceptibility of drinking water-supply wells to contamination by contaminants of emerging concern. This information can be used by Lansing and other...

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Date published: December 6, 2018

Downloadable Data for Superior Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Superior Province Oil and Gas Assessments

Date published: November 30, 2018

Downloadable Data for Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: August 28, 2018

USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Date published: June 3, 2017

Water-Quality Monitor Network in Michigan

The USGS operates a network of real-time water-quality monitoring stations that measure up to five physical parameters. The parameters are temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. One to four of those parameters are measured at 26 sites, while all five parameters are measured at 13 sites. 

Date published: April 7, 2017

Bathythermograph Data, Lake Michigan, 1954

In 1954 researchers at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center conducted 11 research cruises on Lake Michigan during which 779 bathythermographs were cast to collect temperature profile data (temperature at depth). Bathythermographs of that era recorded water pressure and temperature data by mechanically etching them as a curve on a glass slide. Data was collected from the glass slide by projecti...

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 2003-2005 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  
Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata:  2003-2005 eSDT

 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 2013 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  
Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata:  2013 eSDT

 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 1999-2000 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  
Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata: 1999-2000 eSDT

 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 2009-2010 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  
Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata:  2009-2010 eSDT

 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 2007-2008 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  
Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata: 2007-2008 eSDT

 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 2011 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  
Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata:  2011 eSDT

 

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Year Published: 2002

Estimated water withdrawals, water use, and water consumption in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, 1950-95

From 1950 through 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey tabulated water withdrawals throughout the United States, including the northcentral States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. During this period, total water withdrawals increased in each of the north-central States by at least a factor of two. Illinois led...

Kay, Robert T.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated water withdrawals, water use, and water consumption in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, 1950-95; 2002; WRI; 2001-4116; Kay, Robert T.

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Year Published: 2001

Areal distribution and concentrations of contaminants of concern in surficial streambed and lakebed sediments, Lake Erie-Lake Saint Clair drainages, 1990–97

Concerns about elevated concentrations of contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls and mercury in aquatic bed sediments throughout the Great Lakes Basin have resulted in a need for better understanding of the scope and severity of the problem. Various organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, trace metals, and polycyclic aromatic...

Rheaume, S.J.; Button, D.T.; Myers, Donna N.; Hubbell, D.L.
Rheaume, S. J., Button, D. T., Myers, D. N., and Hubbell, D. L., 2001, Areal distribution and concentrations of contaminants of concern in surficial streambed and lakebed sediments, Lake Erie-Lake Saint Clair drainages, 1990–97: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2000–4200, 70 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/wri004200.

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Year Published: 2000

Water quality in the Lake Erie-Lake Saint Clair Drainages; Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania, 1996-98

This report summarizes major findings about water quality in the Lake Erie-Lake Saint Clair Drainages that emerged from an assessment conducted between 1996 and 1998 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. Water quality is discussed in terms of local and regional issues and compared to conditions...

Myers, Donna N.; Thomas, Mary Ann; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Rheaume, Stephen J.; Button, Daniel T.
Water quality in the Lake Erie-Lake Saint Clair Drainages; Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania, 1996-98; 2000; CIR; 1203; Myers, Donna N.; Thomas, Mary Ann; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Rheaume, Stephen J.; Button, Daniel T.

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Year Published: 1995

Ground-water withdrawals in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties, Michigan

The Tri-County region includes Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties in the south-central Lower Peninsula of Michigan (fig. 1). People in the Lansing Metropolitan area, which is located near the center of this region, generally enjoy high-quality drinking water. In fact, taste testers ranked Lansing's water as second in the Nation at the 1988...

Luukkonen, C.L.
Ground-water withdrawals in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties, Michigan; 1995; FS; 226-95; Luukkonen, C. L.

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Year Published: 1990

National water summary 1987: Hydrologic events and water supply and use

Water use in the United States, as measured by freshwater withdrawals in 1985, averaged 338,000 Mgal/d (million gallons per day), which is enough water to cover the 48 conterminous States to a depth of about 2.4 inches. Only 92,300 Mgal/d, or 27.3 percent of the water withdrawn, was consumptive use and thus lost to immediate further use; the...

Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.
National water summary 1987: hydrologic events and water supply and use; 1990; WSP; 2350; Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.

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Year Published: 1988

Floods of March 1982 in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois

Glatfelter, D.R.; Chin, E.H.
Floods of March 1982 in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois; 1988; PP; 1467; Glatfelter, D. R.; Chin, E. H.

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Year Published: 1986

Development of a water-use data system in Minnesota

The Minnesota State Legislature passed laws as early as 1937 to regulate use of Minnesota's ground water and surface water through a permit system. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to computerize water-use data reported to the State. The U.S. Geological Survey, through the National Water-Use Information Program, assisted the Minnesota...

Horn, M.A.
Development of a water-use data system in Minnesota; 1986; WRI; 85-4306; Horn, M. A.

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Year Published: 1978

Hydrologic environment of the Silurian salt deposits in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and New York

The aggregate thickness of evaporites (salt, gypsum, and anhydrite) in the Silurian Salina sequence in Michigan exceeds 1200 feet in areas near the periphery of the Michigan basin, where the salt beds are less than 3000 feet below land surface. In northeast Ohio the aggregate thickness of salt beds is as much as 200 feet in places, and in western...

Norris, Stanley E.
Hydrologic environment of the Silurian salt deposits in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and New York; 1978; OFR; 78-684; Norris, Stanley E.

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Model analysis of the impact on ground-water conditions of the Muskegon County wastewater disposal system, Michigan

A digital model was developed to study the impact on ground-water conditions of the Muskegon County, Mich., wastewater disposal system. At the disposal site, wastewater is stored in two 850-acre lagoons and then spray-irrigated on crop land. About 70 miles of drainage tile, which underlies the irrigated land, has caused the water table to be...

McDonald, Michael G.; Fleck, William B.
Model analysis of the impact on ground-water conditions of the Muskegon County wastewater disposal system, Michigan; 1978; OFR; 78-99; McDonald, Michael G.; Fleck, William B.

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Diver Entering Lake Huron
July 20, 2020

Diver Entering Lake Huron to Monitor Cladophora

After making a splash in Lake Huron, diver and USGS Great Lakes Science Center contractor, Ashley Spoljaric (Chesterton, Indiana) will survey the area for the nuisance algae Cladophora and invasive dreissenid mussel populations as part of the Great Lakes Integrated Cladophora Assessment Project.

Larval Fish from Lake Michigan Under a Microscope
July 17, 2020

Larval Fish from Lake Michigan Under a Microscope

Larval fish collected during icthyoplankton sampling in Lake Michigan as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) that targeted Lake Michigan in 2020.

A USGS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Lake Michigan
July 14, 2020

A USGS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Lake Michigan

A USGS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle illuminates the lake floor in Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, remotely sensing invasive Round Goby, invasive mussels, and nuisance algae and mapping aquatic habitats to support fisheries management in the Great Lakes. Read more at:

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A Storm on Lake Michigan Near Grand Have
June 24, 2020

Dark Skies While Returning to Port in Grand Haven, Michigan

After a day of deploying an autonomous underwater vehicle along the shore of Lake Michigan, the field team encountered dark skies while returning to port in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Installing a rapid deployment gage, MI
May 20, 2020

USGS crews install a rapid deployment gage, Midland, MI

A USGS hydrologic technician finishes installation of a rapid-deployment streamgage at Gordonville Road on the Tittabawassee River in Midland, Michigan. A USGS crew in the distance makes streamflow measurements using a boat-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler. The USGS responded to major flooding at some locations in lower

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Submerged equipment during Michigan flooding
May 19, 2020

Submerged equipment during Michigan flooding

This image shows a GLRI nutrient sampler submerged during major flooding on the Rifle River, Michigan, in May 2020. This site is near the Rifle River Near Sterling USGS streamgage.

HBBS Administration Buidling
April 10, 2020

The Hammond Bay Biological Station Administration Building

The USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station, a field station of the Great Lakes Science Center, located near Millersburg, Michigan.

A Native Water Flea (left) and an Invasive Water Flea (right)
February 12, 2020

A Native Water Flea (left) and an Invasive Water Flea (right)

Native vs. Not: A native water flea (Leptodora kindtii; left and clear) and an invasive spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus; right and purple) share space under a microscope after being collected from Lake Huron during a hydroacoustics survey.

December 23, 2019

Image of the Week - Festive Fields in North Carolina

The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree can evoke visions of majestic evergreen forests teeming with winter wildlife. In truth, more than half of U.S. Christmas trees come from farms in Oregon, North Carolina, or Michigan. Cut Christmas Trees area commodity, tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture just like corn or soybeans. These USDA aerial images show tree harvest

Inserting Acoustic Telemetry Tag into Lake Trout
October 23, 2019

Inserting an Acoustic Telemetry Tag into a Lake Trout, Lake Superior

Biologist Mike Lowe, USGS, is surgically inserting an acoustic telemetry tag into a lake trout in Lake Superior. These tags emit a 'ping' which can be heard with a sensistive hydrophone that tells the scientist the location of the fish so their movements can be tracked, in this case, to help us understand spawning behaviour. This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19

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Live Sea Lamprey at the Hammond Bay Biological Station
September 30, 2019

Live Sea Lamprey at the Hammond Bay Biological Station

National Geographic photographer, Keith Ladzinski (right), and assistant, Angie Payne (left), hold live sea lamprey while visiting the GLSC’s Hammond Bay Biological Station during September 2019. An interview of Keith aired on Good Morning America on November 21, 2020, which included footage from their visit to the station. GLSC communications associate, Dr. Andrea Miehls

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National Geographic photographer at HBBS
September 11, 2019

National Geographic Visits Hammond Bay to Photograph Sea Lamprey

National Geographic photographer, Keith Ladzinski, photographs live sea lamprey at Hammond Bay Biological Station on September 11, 2019 for an expansive article featuring the Great Lakes.

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
October 8, 2020

Editing continues for this challenge with approximately 100 edits since last week! This is an excellent challenge for Peer Reviewers with several green points still needing review. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
October 1, 2020

Volunteers contributed approximately 300 edits in the last week - NICE WORK! This includes the removal of schools that have either closed or are the wrong feature type.  There's still many green points that need review, making this an excellent challenge for Peer Reviewers!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
September 24, 2020

Volunteers contributed almost 800 edits in the last week - EXCEPTIONAL!! This includes approximately 200 points that were removed due to either the school being closed or the wrong feature type. Thank you for helping to update The National Map!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
September 17, 2020

Our marvelous volunteers have contributed almost 300 edits since last week - SPECTACULAR! 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
September 10, 2020

This challenge saw an astounding 650 edits since last week - IMPRESSIVE! There are still many green points that need to be reviewed, making this an excellent challenge for Peer Reviewers!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
September 3, 2020

This challenge saw over 700 edits in the last week - AMAZING!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
August 27, 2020

This challenge has some steady momentum with almost 600 edits in the last week!  Nice work! 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
August 20, 2020

Volunteers put a dent in this challenge with almost 500 edits since last week!  This is also an excellent challenge for Peer Reviewers since there are so many points with a green border needing review. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN
August 12, 2020

Edits are starting to come in for this challenge! Don't forget to check for missing schools, too!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN NEW
August 6, 2020

Our back-to-school theme continues with a new challenge for schools in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana!  Features participating in this challenge include General Schools, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools.

Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
July 21, 2020

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

Installing a rapid deployment gage, MI
May 21, 2020

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on the Tittabawassee River in Midland, Michigan, following a heavy rainfall event.

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