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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.

Great Lakes Science Center

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MI as of 01/06/2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MI as of 01/06/2020

April 8, 2020

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2016

This data set contains supplemental aggregates data for the USGS Minerals Yearbook Volume II—Area Reports: Domestic. It contains data for the years 1971 through 2016 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Cemeteries in Select MI Counties 10/21/19

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI as of 10/21/19

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN as of 08/12/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in OH, MI, IN as of 08/12/20

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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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March 11, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey awarded a $9.7 million contract to Crittenden Construction out of Alpena, Michigan, on March 5 for the construction and renovation of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center Hammond Bay Biological Station near Millersburg, Michigan. The renovation is a joint effort between the USGS and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. 

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March 3, 2015

While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production and U.S. supplies are likely secure, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields. According to a recent USGS global assessment of potash resources, the costs of importing potash long distances can limit its use and imports are subject to supply disruptions.

December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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December 15, 2014

Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

November 24, 2014

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

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September 4, 2014

Newly released US Topo maps for Michigan now feature segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Several of the 1,290 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trail along with other improved data layers.

April 16, 2014

Great Lakes fish in the salmon family that rely on the fish “alewife” as part of their diet face a major obstacle in restoring naturally reproducing populations, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Fish and Shellfish Immunology.

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January 16, 2014

The Huron-Erie Corridor Initiative received a 2013 Department of the Interior (DOI) Partners in Conservation award today, which is one of the highest recognitions bestowed on organizations by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

December 12, 2013

Declines of the food resources that feed lake organisms are likely causing dramatic changes in the Great Lakes, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

November 21, 2013

Rapid, highly accurate water-quality predictions can help better prevent recreationalists from getting sick at Great Lakes beaches, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

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Great Lakes Science Center

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Upper Midwest Water Science Center - Michigan

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