Unified Interior Regions

Region 3: Great Lakes

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

For more information on the Great Lakes and work being done, check out the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website here! 

GLRI

USGS Science Centers in the Great Lakes Region

For more information on what each center is doing in the Great Lakes, please follow the links below! 

Great Lakes Science Center

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center

Upper Midwest Water Science Center

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

National Wildlife Health Center

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Date published: December 19, 2017
Status: Active

Using continuous water-quality measurements and discrete data to identify the drivers of HABs in lakes and tailwaters In Kentucky and Indiana

In September 2015, Kentucky Water Science Center scientists, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), began investigations on two Kentucky lakes and tailwaters. Continuous water quality is collected at both lake and tailwater sites and gage height is monitored at the tailwater sites.

 

Date published: November 15, 2017
Status: Active

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

The USGS collaborates with local, state, federal, tribal, university, and industry partners to conduct the science necessary to understand the causes and effects of toxic HABs and inform water management and public health decisions. USGS is characterizing the life cycle of HABs, their asociated toxins, and the genes responsible for cyanotoxin production. This work is enhancing the ability of...

Contacts: Jon Hortness
Date published: October 13, 2017
Status: Active

Water Use - Ohio Kentucky Indiana

The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture. On a broader scale, we research how humans interact with the hydrologic cycle throuugh water withdrawal, water delivery, consumptive use, return flows, wastewater reuse...

Date published: October 13, 2017
Status: Active

Foundations for Future Restoration Actions: Data, Information, and Tools to Support GLRI Activities

The USGS Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper is a map-based discovery tool that displays basin-wide multi-disciplinary monitoring and research activities conducted by both USGS and partners across all five Great Lakes. The mapper, a Data Management System, and other tools are easy to access and help scientists and managers strategically plan, implement, and analyze their Great Lakes...

Contacts: Jon Hortness
Date published: October 13, 2017
Status: Active

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Surface Water, Groundwater, Water-Quality Networks

The USGS has the principal responsibility within the federal government to provide the hydrologic information and understanding needed by others to achieve the best use and management of the nation’s water resources. Basic data are the key to solving many water-quantity or -quality problems. 

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana operate a large hydrologic network across the three states,...

Date published: July 13, 2017
Status: Active

Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasingly a global concern because HABs pose a threat to human and aquatic ecosystem health and cause economic damages. Toxins produced by some species of cyanobacteria (called cyanotoxins) can cause acute and chronic illnesses in humans and pets. Aquatic ecosystem health also is affected by cyanotox­ins, as well as low dissolved oxygen...

Date published: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Collaboration Groups

One of the strongest ways to ensure that science is done effectively and efficiently in the midst of ever decreasing budgets is to collaborate.

Date published: June 28, 2017
Status: Active

Edge of Field Monitoring - Black Creek Watershed

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Water Science Center is monitoring the effects of best management practices (BMP's) on baseflow and storm runoff in the Black Creek watershed near Harlan, IN. We will be sampling water-quality intensively for 5 years from overland field, subsurface tile, and in-stream runoff events. Results will be used to model the effectiveness of BMP’s in reducing nutrient and...

Date published: June 10, 2017
Status: Active

Invasive Mussel Control Science: Management Tools for Assessing the Risks and Control of Invasive Dreissenid Species

Invasive zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis bugensis, respectively) are causing significant ecological and economic impacts and the scope of these impacts increases as they continue to spread across North America. The USGS conducts science to inform management actions for controlling and mitigating the impacts of invasive mussels. Studies...

Date published: May 24, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Network In Ohio

State and local agencies in Ohio (and to a limited extent, the USGS) collect, research, interpret, and disseminate groundwater data to characterize the groundwater resources of the State. To address these needs, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) monitor groundwater levels for more than 140 wells throughout Ohio. Personnel from the USGS...

Contacts: Robert Darner
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Treating Phragmites in the Laboratory
September 19, 2018

Treating Phragmites in the Laboratory

The untreated non-native Phragmites plant (left) appears healthy; the organically treated plants (right) appear dead.

Lake Erie Biological Station
September 12, 2018

Lake Erie Biological Station

Arial view of the Lake Erie Biological Station.  See our Locations page for more information.

Hammond Bay Biological Station
September 12, 2018

Hammond Bay Biological Station

The Hammond Bay Biological Stationi. See our Locations page for more information.

Cheboygan Vessel Base
September 12, 2018

Cheboygan Vessel Base

The Cheboygan Vessel Base. Please see our Locations page for more information.

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.

Dive camera system with attached scooter
August 7, 2018

Dive camera system with attached scooter

Dive camera system with attached scooter

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.

White River at Hazelton IN - rain gage equipment on bridge
July 31, 2018

White River at Hazelton IN - rain gage equipment on bridge

White River at Hazelton IN - rain gage equipment on bridge

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer(right) holding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
July 31, 2018

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer(right) holding the Autonomous

Peter Esselman (left) and Scott Dwyer (right) holding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The vehicle is in two pieces.

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron
July 19, 2018

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron

Practice diving drills on Lake Huron. USGS divers regularly practice their skills and this study involves choriographed movements.

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USGS
April 23, 2013

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams across most of Illinois.  

USGS
April 11, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey awarded a contract last Friday for the construction of a large research vessel for Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior to Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wis.

USGS
March 18, 2013

New flood inundation maps (bottom) are now available for Findlay, Killbuck, and Ottawa, Ohio. These maps show where flooding would occur at various high river levels. They are just one example of U.S. Geological Survey products and services developed in the 100 years since Ohio’s devastating Great Flood of 1913. 

USGS
February 11, 2013

Sediment that gets washed away from urban areas can be toxic to aquatic life, according to a recent study by the U. S. Geological Survey.  

USGS
December 21, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey scientists plan to conduct the first comprehensive, high-resolution airborne survey to study the rock layers under a region of northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, starting December 2012 and lasting through January 2013.

USGS
September 19, 2012

With the release of US Topo maps for Florida and Illinois, the continental US is now covered with the new digital quadrangles
 

USGS
September 7, 2012

My name is Aaron Cupp, and I am a student employee at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) in La Crosse, WI. Currently, I am in my second year of graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in the College of Natural Resources with the aim of completing a Master of Science degree in Fisheries. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin...

USGS
July 23, 2012

At least one contaminant was found at levels of human-health concern in about one third of untreated groundwater samples collected from wells in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
July 19, 2012

Streamflow levels are below normal across much of the Midwest states of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Many states are experiencing severe drought, such as Iowa, where flows are less than 25 percent of normal streamflow conditions for the majority of the state. 

USGS
July 3, 2012

Free arsenic testing for private water wells in Licking County, Ohio is available at two public workshops, as part of a collaborative project by the U.S. Geological Survey, Licking County Health Department, Ohio Water Development Authority, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

USGS
June 21, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey crews are measuring record flooding in northeast Minnesota, including the Duluth area and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

USGS
June 4, 2012

Ottawa, Ohio is now better prepared to protect lives and property because of a collaborative early flood-warning project put in place by the U.S. Geological Survey, Village of Ottawa, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and National Weather Service (NWS).

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