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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 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...

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

April-May 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the April-May 2013 Midwest Floods caused by heavy rainfall and late snow-melt in six states.

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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

 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Shapefile and Metadata — 2002 eSDT

Estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values.  

Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata:  2002 eSDT

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Smelt Closeup
March 28, 2019

A Smelt Closeup

Closeup view of a Smelt (Osmerus mordax)

2019 GLB NOSB 1st Place Winner Troy High School
February 2, 2019

2019 GLB NOSB 1st Place Winner Troy High School

2019 GLB NOSB 1st Place Winner Troy High School.

Great Lakes Otolith Aging Workshop
December 19, 2018

Great Lakes Otolith Aging Workshop

Twenty-three state, tribal, and federal agencies and academic institutions throughout the Great Lakes region gathered in Traverse City, Michigan, in December 2018 for a prey fish age estimation workshop, co-hosted by GLSC.  This photo was taken in 2018, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) sitting in parking lot
December 13, 2018

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Ready to Deploy

The underwater autonomous vehicle sitting in a parking lot before being deployed.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in a swimming pool
December 10, 2018

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in testing

This is the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Here, it is being tested in a hotel swimming pool.

GLSC Greenhouse
November 30, 2018

GLSC Greenhouse

GLSC’s Aaron DeVries and Mckenzie Smith, left, discuss innovative controls for invasive Phragmites australis in GLSC’s greenhouse facility.

The GLSC Aquatic Laboratory
November 29, 2018

The GLSC Aquatic Laboratory

Dr. Wendy Stott (GLSC) discusses the science carried out in the Ann Arbor aquatic research laboratory.

Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

Moffett Award Presented to Yu-Chun Kao
November 14, 2018

Moffett Award Presented to Yu-Chun Kao

GLSC Director Russ Strach presents the 2018 GLSC Moffett Award to lead author Yu-Chun Kao for his 2017 paper, Evaluating Stocking Efficacy in an Ecosystem Undergoing Oligotrophication, with GLSC coauthors Mark Rogers and David “Bo” Bunnell.

October 31, 2018

10 frame 3D reconstruction

Digital 3D reconstruction of lake bottom using 10 photo frames taken by the dive camera system. This reconstruction allows us to gain more insight about the lake bottom since elevation has been added to the photographs.
 

October 31, 2018

50 frame 3D reconstruction

Digital 3D reconstruction of lake bottom using 50 photo frames taken by the dive camera system. This example shows an arc since the sampling transect is a circle. This reconstruction allows us to gain more insight about the lake bottom since elevation has been added to the photographs.
 

Lake Michigan lake bottom and the corner of a pivot point
October 16, 2018

Lake Michigan lake bottom and the corner of a pivot point

Lake Michigan lake-bottom near South Manitou Island. Visible is part of a diver's hand and the corner of a anchor point used for circular transects.

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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.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Summary Results for City/Town Halls in MI
January 21, 2020

This challenge is now complete!!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  Here is a time lapse of our volunteer contributions for this challenge:

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Michigan
January 6, 2020

This challenge is now finished!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Michigan
December 18, 2019

Here is the weekly update for this challenge!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Michigan
December 12, 2019

Michigan is coming along nicely with almost another 100 points added!  Keep up the nice work!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Michigan
December 5, 2019

Michigan is coming along nicely with another 100 points added!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Michigan
November 21, 2019

City / town halls are coming in for Michigan as well!  Keep an eye out for another article on city / town halls in this month's newsletter.

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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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