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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USGS scientist collecting velocity measurements and microplastic sampling at mid-depth within the water column
August 8, 2016

Scientist collecting velocity measurements and microplastic samples

USGS scientist collecting velocity measurements and microplastic sampling at mid-depth within the water column, Menomonee River.

The purple-tinted Black River Delta surrounded by lush green forest from a bird's eye view.
August 6, 2016

Black River Delta, Wisconsin

Black River Delta, Wisconsin

Sediment core from Kinnickinnic River
August 3, 2016

Sediment core from Kinnickinnic River

Sediment core from Kinnickinnic River.

Stream habitat assessment along a transect
July 29, 2016

Stream habitat assessment along a transect

Stream habitat data is collected along a series of transects marked by tape measure and includes estimating rock size categories (for example, sand, gravel, cobble, boulders) with a guide (shown).

Stream habitat measurement along a transect
July 28, 2016

Stream habitat measurement along a transect

Stream habitat measurement showing meter stick and gravelometer used to measure channel depths and particle sizes.

Bank height above water surface assessment
July 28, 2016

Bank height above water surface assessment

Bank height above the water surface is measured at each transect along a stream reach to estimate the channel and bed substrate as well as the type and size of sediment size that can be transported by the stream.

Photos show change in water clarity in agricultural runoff before and after a grassed waterway was installed
June 23, 2016

Edge-of-field: runoff before and after conservation practice install

These photos, taken before and after a grassed-waterway conservation practice was installed, show a change in the water clarity of agricultural runoff at an edge-of-field surface monitoring site in Wisconsin.

June 15, 2016

The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF)

This is an introductory video to an adaptive management approach for the invasive plant Phragmites australis in the Great Lakes basin. An adaptive management framework is an iterative process of robust decision making aimed at reducing uncertainty over time, for a variety of stakeholders with differing backgrounds and interests, via system monitoring.

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Photo showing cows feeding on a farm in southern Wisconsin. 
June 6, 2016

Farm in southern Wisconsin

Cows feed on a farm in southern Wisconsin. A new USGS report shows that drought periods followed by rainfall caused nitrate levels to increase to the highest ever measured in some Midwest streams during a 2013 study. 

Photo showing an irrigation system watering crops in southern Wisconsin.
June 6, 2016

Farm in southern Wisconsin

An irrigation system waters crops in southern Wisconsin. A new USGS report shows that drought periods followed by rainfall caused nitrate levels to increase to the highest ever measured in some Midwest streams during a 2013 study. 

May 7, 2016

Dave Krabbenhoft discusses his career of mercury research

Dave Krabbenhoft discusses the history of his 28-year career at the USGS.  He describes how he started working on mercury research in the 1980s, trying to unravel the mystery of why mercury was being detected in fish in pristine lakes in Northern Wisconsin, and how that research has evolved over time to determine atmospheric mercury is the primary source of mercury

May 7, 2016

Working Aboard the U.S. EPA's Lake Guardian Sampling for Mercury

Dave Krabbenhoft discusses working on the U.S. EPA's Lake Guardian, and the perspective he and his team have by being on board and viewing the less developed parts of the shoreline from the middle of the lake.

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May 12, 2009

This summer, boaters and anglers might notice a few foreign objects in some of the backwaters and near-shore areas of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. Scientists will deploy small orange buoys supporting plastic containers of river water at several sites at various times this summer.

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February 2, 2009

The severity of the June 2008 floods in southern Wisconsin can be seen in a series of computer-derived maps that show the depth and extent of floodwaters.
These flood-peak inundation maps show nine communities along the Baraboo, Kickapoo, Crawfish, and Rock rivers that were the most severely damaged by the June 2008 floods. Rock Springs, for example, was inundated by floods exceeding 21 feet.

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December 18, 2008

U.S. Geological Survey Deputy Director Robert Doyle has been selected as a Distinguished recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, a prestigious award that commends outstanding leadership and long-term accomplishments.

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September 2, 2008

Scientists have discovered that certain chemicals may be useful in slowing the spread of the round goby, an invasive fish species that is threatening parts of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. When released near the bottom of a river or lake, two fish pesticides are effective in controlling this bottom-dwelling invader, particularly where dissolved oxygen is low, while leaving native species

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July 23, 2008

The response of ecosystems to climate change, invasive species, the decline of pollinators, and the success of citizen science are among the topics U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists will discuss with other scientists, educators, and policy makers from around the world at the 93rd annual Ecological Society of America meeting, Aug 3-8, at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. 

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March 4, 2008

Wisconsin relies heavily on its groundwater—97 percent of communities in the state and nearly 1 million additional residents with private wells use groundwater for their daily needs.

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August 8, 2006

A report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contains a regional map and an associated database that inventory 36 locations of reported natural asbestos and fibrous amphibole occurrences in the central United States.

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August 4, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Sea Grant, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will host the Eighth Annual Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant conference at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Aug. 6-11.

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June 26, 2006

The world´s waterways will be the focus of an international gathering of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and humanities researchers at the International Conference on Rivers and Civilization in LaCrosse, Wis. June 25-28.  All presentations are in the LaCrosse Center.  A world of earth-science information will be available at the USGS exhibit booth.

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June 26, 2006

The world's waterways will be the focus of an international gathering of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and humanities researchers at the International Conference on Rivers and Civilization in LaCrosse, Wis. June 25-28.  All presentations are in the LaCrosse Center.  A world of earth-science information will be available at the USGS exhibit booth.

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May 26, 2006

This summer boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects in some of the backwaters of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. Water quality and weather monitoring equipment has been set up by river scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

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National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Health Center
Science Center Link

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Science Center Link