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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: 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.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Response to an oil spill on the Kalamazoo River

Enbridge Energy Partners LLP (Enbridge) reported a 30-inch pipeline ruptured on Monday, July 26, 2010, near Marshall, Michigan. The release, estimated at 819,000 gallons, entered Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil 30 miles downstream on the Kalamazoo River. As the federal agency in...

Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Completed

Silver Lake Nutrient Study

Recently, elevated chlorophyll-a concentrations were found related to persistent algal blooms on Silver Lake in Oceana County, MI.  Elevated chlorophyll-a concentrations, high phosphorus concentrations during summer months, as well as a decrease in water clarity indicated potential accelerated eutrophication processes during the last two years, and underscore a need to characterize water and...

Date published: February 13, 2019
Status: Active

Acoustics

Upper Midwest Water Science Center uses acoustic meters for making streamflow measurements. Wading measurements are done using a modified top setting wading rod equipped with an acoustic Doppler velocimeter (ADV). Acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) are used when measurement depths are too deep to wade. ADCP measurements can either be made with a tether or cableway or deployed on a...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: February 10, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater Data Available Online

The USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center cooperates with local and state agencies to collect and maintain groundwater data across the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Michigan, the USGS and local partners actively monitor 90 wells. Of the 90 wells, 22 are continuously monitored with...

Date published: February 9, 2019
Status: Active

Low-Flow Streamgage Network in Michigan

Data on low-flow characteristics are used by water-resources managers for a variety of purposes, including water-supply planning, making decisions about wastewater-discharge and water withdrawal permits, and evaluating in-stream flow requirements. The Michigan low-flow network currently consists of seven sites where streamflow is typically measured only during low-flow periods. In addition to...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Date published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Estimating Lake Water Clarity

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), use a technique modeled after Olmanson and others (2001) to predict water clarity and corresponding trophic state index (TSI) values based on the...

Date published: February 1, 2019
Status: Active

Water Use in Michigan

The USGS compiles water use information by State including estimated amounts, sources, and categories of use every five years since 1950. 

Date published: January 31, 2019
Status: Active

Microbial Ecology

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) conducts ecological studies on the structure and function of eubacterial and archeal communities in the environment. Studies of this type give us basic information about the composition and functionality of different microbial communities and allow us to investigate the effects that natural and...

Contacts: Carrie Givens
Date published: January 30, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Historical NAWQA Programs

The USGS implemented the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991 to develop long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, rivers, groundwater, and aquatic systems in support of national, regional, State, and local information needs and decisions related to water-quality management and policy.

Date published: January 29, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Groundwater

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. Regional and national assessments are possible because of a consistent study design and uniform methods of data collection and analysis. Monitoring data are...

Date published: January 28, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Surface Water National Fixed Network Site Status and Trends

As part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program the USGS MIWSC operates a stream gage and routinely collects water quality samples at the Clinton River at Sterling Heights, MI. station. Water is analyzed for sediment, nutrients, major ions, and a suite of 271 different pesticides. Information obtained...

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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

Date published: September 1, 2016

Sampled Sites for the U.S. Geological Survey Midwest Stream Quality Assessment

In 2013, the first of several Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA) was done in the Midwest United States. The Midwest Stream Quality Assessment (MSQA) was a collaborative study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA), the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) National

Date published: April 20, 2016

Structures Data

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations....

Date published: April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Date published: April 8, 2016

FishVis Mapper

The FishVis Mapper is the product of an Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC project, “A Regional Decision Support Tool for Identifying Vulnerabilities of Riverine Habitat and Fishes to Climate Change” that developed an approach for predicting fish species occurrence under current climate conditions and project how fish species occurrence may change under future climate conditions.

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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.

Hammond Bay Biological Station Field Work Collage
June 3, 2019

Voice of America Visits Hammond Bay Biological Station

GLSC Hammond Bay Biological Station research was filmed by Voice of America (VOA) News on June 2-3, 2019. Clockwise from top right: VOA videographer, Ailin Li, interviewing Scott Miehls, USGS; live sea lamprey; videography team at the Ocqueoc River sea lamprey barrier and trap, (L-R) Nathan Allen, GLFC, Josh Benson, Andrea Miehls, GLFC/USGS, Ed Benzer, FWS, Ailin Li, VOA,

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Releasing Sterilized Male Sea Lamprey
June 3, 2019

Releasing Sterlized Male Sea Lamprey into the Pigeon River, 2019

USGS Research Scientist Nicholas Johnson Releasing Sterilized Male Sea Lamprey into the Pigeon River in 2019.

Acoustic Telemetry Used to Track Fish
May 30, 2019

Acoustic Telemetry Used to Track Fish

Staff from the USGS Great Lakes Science Center gaze at the Mackinac Bridge rising above the mist in the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan. The lines they are holding are attached to grappling hooks being used to retrieve acoustic telemetry equipment anchored on the bottom of the straits. The equipment is used to track fish movements in the Great Lakes and was deployed as part

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Samantha Stanton (USGS) explains Phragmites monitoring protocols
May 29, 2019

Teaching monitoring protocols for invasive Phragmites

Samantha Stanton (Great Lakes Commission, GLSC Volunteer) demonstrates the monitoring protocol to training attendees on May 29, 2019, near Centerville, Michigan.

Imaging Longnose Sucker
May 13, 2019

Passing Longnose Sucker through an Imaging Device

Researcher Scott Miehls places a fish into an imaging system being tested as part of efforts to identify and selectively pass fish up- and down-stream of barriers. This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sea Lamprey Traps Black Mallard River
May 3, 2019

Sea Lamprey Traps Black Mallard River

USGS Research Scientist Scott Miehls sets traps on bottom of the Black Mallard River, 2019

May 2, 2019

Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework: Model Overview

This animation is the third video in a series explaining different aspects of the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). This video focuses on the machine learning model that PAMF uses to systematically learn from participant's data and then provide site-specific management guidance in return. More information about PAMF can be found at our websites:

Implanting an Acoustic Transmitter into a Cisco
April 30, 2019

Implanting an Acoustic Transmitter into a Cisco

Cisco being prepared for surgical implantation of an acoustic transmitter at the USGS Ann Arbor aquatic research laboratory

USGS - GLSC Trawl net workshop
April 24, 2019

USGS - GLSC Trawl net workshop

GLSC trawl net workshop held at the USGS vessel base in Cheboygan, Michigan, April 24-25, 2019. The USGS research vessel Sturgeon pictured in background.

Cheboygan Residents Tour the R/V Sturgeon
April 24, 2019

Cheboygan Residents Tour the R/V Sturgeon

GLSC Cheboygan Vessel Base staff stand alongside residents of Cheboygan, Michigan, prior to touring the R/V Sturgeon and R/V Arcticus on April 24, 2019.

April 16, 2019

Variable Warming Upper Midwest Lakes and Implications for Sport Fish

Climate change is predicted to alter sport fish communities in Midwestern lakes, but managers currently have limited information on individual lakes that can be used to set local expectations or intervene with mitigation strategies. Northeast and North Central CASC supported researchers, with strong participation from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership, have combined

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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.

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!

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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