Unified Interior Regions

Wisconsin

Through advanced research and long-term monitoring, three Wisconsin-based USGS centers-the National Wildlife Health Center, the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, and the Upper Midwest Water Science Center-provide the scientific information needed by managers, decision makers, and the public to protect, enhance, and restore ecosystems, water resources, and wildlife health in the Midwest.

National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Health Center
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Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
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Date published: February 11, 2019
Status: Completed

Impact of phosphorus and nitrogen concentrations on the biological integrity of Wisconsin streams

The USGS and Wisconsin DNR collected water-quality and biological data from 240 wadeable streams and 40 nonwadeable rivers throughout Wisconsin to evaluate the potential environmental benefits of enforcing nutrient criteria and standards for streams and rivers if they better reflected regionally defined, scientifically defensible thresholds to biotic response.

Date published: February 2, 2019
Status: Active

Water use in Wisconsin

Water-use information is essential for managing Wisconsin's valuable water resources. This critical information includes knowing how much, where, and for what purpose water is being used. The USGS works in cooperation with local, state, and federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information, and compiles and disseminates aggregated data at the county, state, and national level....

Date published: January 27, 2019
Status: Active

Streamflow monitoring in Wisconsin

Streamflow data are needed at many sites on a daily basis for forecasting flow conditions and flooding, water-management decisions, assessing water availability, managing water quality, and meeting legal requirements. The USGS has been measuring streamflow in Wisconsin since 1906 with nearly 1,000 active and discontinued gages.

Date published: January 26, 2019
Status: Active

Flood hazards in Wisconsin

A summary of USGS resources and data related to flooding hazards in Wisconsin.

Date published: January 24, 2019
Status: Active

Flood frequency in Wisconsin

Flood-frequency estimates are required at many sites for bridge and culvert design, as well as for flood-plain management and flood-insurance studies. To estimate flood frequency at ungaged locations, a network of approximately 90 crest-stage gages and more than 200 past and current continuous-record gages are used to compute regional flood-frequency equations to estimate floods at ungaged...

Contacts: John F Walker
Date published: January 23, 2019
Status: Completed

June 2008 floods in southern Wisconsin

In June 2008, heavy rain caused severe flooding across southern Wisconsin. Record gage heights and streamflows occurred at 21 U.S. Geological Survey streamgages across southern Wisconsin from June 7 to June 21.

Date published: January 21, 2019
Status: Completed

Ground water in the Great Lakes Basin: the case of southeastern Wisconsin

This project addresses questions that affect the management of groundwater in the Great Lakes basin, such as the behavior of and control by groundwater divides, the seepage and discharge of natural groundwater flows, and the effects of groundwater pumping on discharge and recharge. A case study that examines groundwater flow in and adjacent to Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin is...

Date published: January 19, 2019
Status: Active

Evaluating the risks of airborne pathogens from manure irrigation

Manure irrigation, which is the application of liquid animal manure by irrigation, is increasing. However, the risk of airborne pathogen transmission from manure to humans during spray irrigation is not well-understood. To determine how pathogens can spread using manure irrigation, LIDE measured air concentrations and risk of illness due to exposure to pathogens in the irrigation spray.

Contacts: Joel P Stokdyk, Mark Borchardt, Tucker Burch
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Superior Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessment of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Superior Province 5051.

    Date published: November 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the U.S. portion of the  Michigan Basin 5063.

       

      Date published: November 28, 2018
      Status: Active

      Natural Drought and Flood Histories from Lacustrine Archives

      Previous work performed as part of the USGS Holocene Synthesis project illuminated complex centennial-scale patterns of drought and wetter-than-average conditions across the North American continent interior during the past two millennia, where paleorecord data coverage is sparse.  In order to explain the patterns of naturally-occurring drought, floods, and storms for the past, identified by...

      Date published: October 25, 2018
      Status: Active

      Models of high-dimensional environmental or ecological data- Brian Gray

      An opportunity to work with models of multivariate environmental and ecological processes from either a mathematical/statistical or scientific focus. The former would focus on elaborating current methods for making inferences or predictions from multivariate data while the latter would focus on using those current methods to better understand multivariate environmental or ecological processes...

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      Invertebrate sampling closeup
      September 27, 2018

      Invertebrate sampling closeup

      Close up-view of defined area of the stream bottom where attached invertebrates are removed with a brush and washed into the Surber net; where possible, a hand rake is also used to dislodge organisms from shallow depths.

      Invertebrate sampling - sieving
      September 27, 2018

      Invertebrate sampling - sieving

      After collection, invertebrates are washed through a series of sieves where large debris can be removed before being placed in the sample bottle.

      Flow-through sensor for measurement of three different optical signals
      September 26, 2018

      Flow-through sensor for measurement of three different optical signals

      Flow-through sensor for measurement of three different optical signals.

      Ultrafilters and bottles
      September 25, 2018

      Ultrafilters and bottles

      Ultrafilters are used to concentrate pathogens from large-volume surface water samples. Plastic autoclaved bottles used for human-associated indicator bacteria analysis. Glass bottle used for DOC, simultaneous fluorescence and absorbance, and pharmaceutical compound analysis.

      Particulate matter captured on a quartz fiber filter
      September 25, 2018

      Particulate matter captured on a quartz fiber filter

      Particulate matter captured on a quartz fiber filter at the Mercury Research Laboratory.

      Prefilter and Ultrafilter assembly from Menomonee River, WI
      September 25, 2018

      Prefilter and Ultrafilter assembly from Menomonee River, WI

      Prefilter and Ultrafilter assembly from Menomonee River at 16th St., Milwaukee, WI.

      Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter and Tryptophan sensors
      September 25, 2018

      Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter and Tryptophan sensors

      Chromophoric (colored) Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) (left) and Tryptophan (right) sensors.

      24-bottle automatic sampler to collect water samples
      September 25, 2018

      24-bottle automatic sampler to collect water samples

      Photograph of a 24-bottle automatic sampler to collect water samples for optical properties of water and microbiological analyses.

      Conduit associated with stream gage at Menomonee at 16th Street in Milwaukee
      September 11, 2018

      Conduit associated with stream gage

      Conduit associated with stream gage at Menomonee at 16th Street in Milwaukee (04087142).

      Fish sampling using backpack shocker
      September 4, 2018

      Fish sampling using backpack shocker

      USGS scientists use a backpack-mounted electrofishing device to sample fish communities in a small and shallow Milwaukee-area stream.

      Stream reach of Underwood Creek channel after rehabilitation
      August 7, 2018

      Stream reach of Underwood Creek channel after rehabilitation

      An example stream reach of Underwood Creek’s channel in 2018 after rehabilitation.

      Automated, large-volume virus water sample filtration and collection system
      June 18, 2018

      Large-volume virus water sample filtration and collection system

      Custom-designed, automated, large-volume virus water sample filtration and collection system at Underwood Creek, WI.

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      Photo of the Little Plover River, Wis.
      April 7, 2016

      Mike Fienen (USGS), along with Ken Bradbury (WGHNS), presented the results of their two-year study of the Little Plover River groundwater system on April 12, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Noel Fine Arts Center in Stevens Point, Wis. This study used existing stream and high-capacity well data to simulate the groundwater and surface-water flow system of the Little Plover.

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      April 1, 2016

      Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Ralph-Escanaba-Menominee region.

      Helicopter in flight with the VTEM Plus AEM system from Geotech Ltd. attached underneath.
      March 29, 2016

      Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

      Visualize Your Water EPA logo
      January 13, 2016

      Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

      Source Contribution of Mercury in Great Lakes Sediment
      December 10, 2015

      For the first time, land and resource managers in the Great Lakes will be able to distinguish between the various sources of mercury in the environment, a toxic chemical of significant concern in the region. This is thanks to a new tool that “fingerprints” the mercury, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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      October 15, 2015

      Grass carp egg survival is compromised when they settle on streambeds and are potentially covered by sediments, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. It has been long assumed that the eggs of Asian carps, including grass carp, must be carried in the water current in order to hatch successfully, but no previous scientific studies have proven that theory.

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      August 26, 2015

      Representatives from the offices of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Mark Pocan will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey, federal and state partners and city officials for a special 40th anniversary event at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin, this Friday.

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      June 29, 2015

      Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

      Image: Ordovician Fracking Sand
      May 27, 2015

      Newly released research from the U.S. Geological Survey describes U.S. hydraulic fracturing (frac) sand deposits and their locations, and provides estimates of frac sand production, consumption, and reserves. A companion map of producing and potential frac sand and resin-coated sand source units in the conterminous U.S. is also included.

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      National Wildlife Health Center

      National Wildlife Health Center
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      Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

      Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
      Science Center Link