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: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Analytical Services

The Ohio Water Microbiology Laboratory (OWML) offers a wide-range of sample analyses, media, and other microbiological supplies for USGS Water Science Centers across the nation.  Analyses include quantification of standard bacterial indicators and other bacteria in water or sediment, and quantification or detection of coliphage in water.  Other analyses can be performed at the OWML, but...

Contacts: Rebecca Bushon
Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - About Us

The MI-OH Water Microbiology Laboratories provide microbiological data of public-health significance from surface waters, ground waters, and sediments for a variety of study objectives.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Laboratory Capabilities

Indicator bacteria are routinely measured by means of membrane-filtration or liquid broth most-probable number techniques. Find out more about the analytical methods used for standard bacterial indicators.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

Date published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Home

The U.S. Geological Survey MI-OH Water Science Center Microbiology Laboratories in Lansing, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio address water-related public-health concerns across the Nation using traditional and cutting-edge analytical approaches. The laboratories work with government agencies, academic institution, and regional and local partners to study the processes and anthropogenic influences...

Date published: May 9, 2017
Status: Active

Correlating seasonal trends and occupancy of bigheaded carp eDNA to land use and stream characteristics

The results of this study will advance our understanding of environmental DNA (eDNA) and how eDNA signatures change as fish behavior changes over the course of the open water season.  This will further develop eDNA as an easy sampling method to collect information about invading populations or cryptic species that are difficult to capture so that resource managers can be given better...

Date published: May 2, 2017
Status: Active

Use of antimycin-microparticles and alfalfa to control Grass Carp Ctenopharyngodon idella

Since their introduction in the 1960’s, grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) have spread across the North American continent as far north as the U.S./Canadian border in the Great Lakes. Grass carp are an herbivorous species and can significantly reduce the amount of macrophytes and other plant material in a body of water. Subsequently, this can lead to many detrimental effects for...

Contacts: Jon Amberg
Date published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Low-Flow Statistics for Indiana Streams

Indiana and Kentucky scientists have produced new low-flow statistics for Indiana streams, specifically for 7-day, 10-year low flow (7Q10); 30-day, 10-year low flow (30Q10); 1-day, 10-year low flow (1Q10); and harmonic mean streamflow. The low-flow statistics are critical for the state of Indiana to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program,...

Date published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Invasive Carp

Adult bighead, silver, and hybrid carp are invavsive species of fish that spread quickly once they are established in a water body. These carp damage habitat and reduce water-quality for native fish. Invasive carp have been confirmed within the Wabash River basin for at least 15 years. Scientists and natural resource managers are extremely concerned about the carp migrating to the Great Lakes...

Date published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Ecological Monitoring

Scientists research biology, botany, microbiology, habitat, climate, water quality, and other fields to achieve a comprehensive view of ecosystems and their health. Ecosystems can be easily stressed by human activities, climate change, sediment, nutrients, contaminants, and many other variables. Ecosystem monitoring is critical to ecosystem health and answers important questions about the...

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Date published: March 23, 2017
Status: Active

Pesticides

About 1 billion pounds of conventional pesticides are used each year in the United States to control weeds, insects, and other pests. The use of pesticides has resulted in a range of benefits, including increased food production and reduction of insect-borne disease, but also raises questions about possible adverse effects on the environment, including water quality. The...

Date published: March 23, 2017
Status: Active

Investigations and Monitoring of Mercury in Indiana

Starting in 2000, the U.S. Geological Survey partnered with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, and the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium to investigate and monitor mercury in the environment in Indiana. This web page provides a list of publications and links to statewide studies of mercury in Indiana and regional mercury...

Contacts: Martin R Risch
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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.

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.

Surficial sediment collection on Wilson Park Creek, WI.
June 14, 2018

Surficial sediment collection on Wilson Park Creek, WI.

Surficial sediment collection on Wilson Park Creek, Milwaukee, WI.

June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle (Audio-Described)

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

Sunset on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park
May 31, 2018

Sunset on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park

Sunset on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park.

View of bedload sample
April 25, 2018

Bedload sample collected from the Durand bridge

Bedload sample collected from the Durand bridge.

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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).

USGS
May 11, 2012

National Wildlife Health Center Collaborates with EcoHealth Alliance
 

USGS
April 30, 2012

AMBLE along the lake this summer and fall and join a local community that cares about lakeshore conditions and bird health. 

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