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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Microbiological Monitoring Of Groundwater Used As A Source Of Drinking Water (NAWQA Cycle 3)
Date Published: November 4, 2016

Microbiological Monitoring Of Groundwater Used As A Source Of Drinking Water (NAWQA Cycle 3)

The National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) has been sampling public supply wells and domestic wells across the U.S. since 2013 for a broad suite of microbiological indicators including total coliform s , E. coli, enterococci, F-specific coliphage , somatic coliphage, and aerobic endospores. USGS scientists in Ohio and Massachusetts are collaborating on the analysis of...

Contacts: Rebecca Bushon
USGS monitoring station at Edge of Field runoff from event
Date Published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Edge Of Field And Priority Watershed (Waterville) Monitoring

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is an interagency effort that seeks to accelerate ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes by confronting threats to the region, such as nonpoint source pollution. Three Priority Watersheds have been targeted (Fox/Green Bay, Saginaw, and Maumee) and are characterized by having a high density of agricultural land use and have ecosystem impairments...

Contacts: Carrie Huitger
Illustration of the National Water Quality Network on U.S. map
Date Published: September 28, 2016
Status: Active

NWQP (National Water Quality Program) Surface Water Monitoring And Assessment

The long-term goals of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) and National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN) programs are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater...

Contacts: David Reutter
USGS Hydrologists survey the landscape at the outfall from the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Microbial Source Tracking

The USGS Water Microbiology Laboratory in Columbus has been working with numerous agencies and USGS Water Science Centers to analyze water samples for microbial source tracking (MST) markers using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method. Results from MST analyses help to characterize the effects of various sources of fecal contamination in a watershed. Currently, water samples...

The Hellbranch Run watershed-Looking downstream from bridge, Route 665 north of Harrisburg, Ohio
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Long-term Water Quality Samples On Hellbranch Run

Water-quality samples have been collected near the mouth of Hellbranch Run since 1992. The data can be used to assess the long-term temporal changes of water quality associated with urban development around the City of Columbus.

Contacts: John Tertuliani
Station 03230450 Hellbranch Run near Harrisburg, OH
Date Published: September 28, 2016
Status: Active

Sediment Network In Ohio

Hellbranch Run is a second order stream tributary to Big Darby Creek. Big Darby Creek was designated a “National Scenic River” in 1994 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Beginning in 1992, concern about the possible effects of urbanization on water quality in Hellbranch Run (and ultimately Big Darby Creek) prompted the USGS, in cooperation with the City of Columbus, Ohio, to begin...

Contacts: John Tertuliani
Map Illustration of Water Quality Monitor Network in Ohio
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Water Quality Monitor Network In Ohio

Stream water-quality characteristics provide scientists and water managers with a better understanding of the effects of natural and anthropogenic (human) activities on streams and ecosystems. The USGS operates a network of near-real-time water-quality monitoring stations that provide data for temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity of surface water; the data are...

Borehole flowmeter
Date Published: September 19, 2016
Status: Active

Flowmeter Evaluation and Application

Borehole flowmeters with the capability to measure groundwater velocity and direction of flow are tested and applied to various hydrogeologic settings.

Contacts: Randall Bayless
Map of the glacial aquifer locations in the United States
Date Published: September 16, 2016
Status: Active

Glacial Aquifer System - Hydrogeologic Properties

Water-well drillers’ records are used to create maps and grids of hydrogeologic properties for the glaciated United States.

Contacts: Randall Bayless
View of Bridge and Cuyahoga River at Lock 29, Peninsula, Ohio
Date Published: September 15, 2016

Testing Of A Model For Predicting Recreational Water Quality Of The Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Based On Real-time Turbidity And Streamflow Data

Water-quality concerns have long limited recreational use of the Cuyahoga River within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Park managers would like to promote the use of the river when conditions are appropriate, but the time required to obtain bacteria concentrations is too long to adequately assess the water quality and inform the public of a potential health risk—traditional bacteria-culture...

Contacts: Amie M Brady
Lake Erie (LERI) NAWQA Surface Water Status and Trends: Ecology
Date Published: September 15, 2016

Support Of Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) Activities Through Coordination, Data Collection, Data Dissemination, And Data Interpretation

This project manages USGS Lake Erie LaMP (Lakewide Management Plan) activities. These activities include quarterly conference calls on USGS-related activities; attending semiannual LaMP Workgroup meetings; collection of monitoring metadata from Federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)...

Contacts: Daniel Button
Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) monitoring, Griggs Reservoir in Columbus
Date Published: September 15, 2016

Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) Monitoring, Griggs Reservoir In Columbus

Increased stormwater runoff and associated problems, including increased pollution and flooding, have led to engineered attempts to return urban areas to a more natural water cycle. The USGS, in cooperation with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Columbus, is collecting hydrologic data to determine the effectiveness of recently installed rain gardens near Griggs...

Contacts: Robert Darner
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Lake sediment slice Lake Mendota
February 22, 2018

Lake sediment slice Lake Mendota

0.50 cm section of lake sediment from Lake Mendota, WI.

Field Sampling Lake Mendota
February 6, 2018

Field Sampling Lake Mendota

USGS scientists prepare to sample lake bed sediment on Lake Mendota, WI.

White River at Hazelton IN - gage installation
January 31, 2018

White River at Hazelton IN - gage installation

White River at Hazelton IN - gage installation

January 30, 2018

Landsat in Action - Minnesota Lakes with Leif Olmanson

Leif Olmanson from the University of Minnesota talks about the value of Landsat data in monitoring the thousands of lakes in Minnesota.
 

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - high water
January 24, 2018

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - high water

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - high water

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from boat
January 24, 2018

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from boat

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from boat

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - flooding at musuem
January 24, 2018

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - flooding at museum

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - flooding at museum

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat ramp
January 24, 2018

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat ramp

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat ramp

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USGS
June 10, 2010

You may see someone taking measurements and collecting water samples four days a week at some of Ohio’s inland lake beaches this summer.

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June 3, 2010

You may see someone taking measurements and collecting water samples at Grand Lake St. Mary’s beaches this summer.

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May 27, 2010

This summer, boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects in Lawrence Lake and Shell Horn area of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River.

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May 17, 2010

Observers along Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach might notice the water has turned bright red-orange. It is all part of a scientific study to see how Lake Michigan’s waters move along the beach.

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November 9, 2009

Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in "Corn Belt" rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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November 5, 2009

Recent streamflow measurements show that the Red River in Fargo is flowing at the highest level ever for the month of November. The Red in Fargo was flowing at a rate of 8040 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Nov. 4 making it the highest steamflow recorded for the month of November since measurements were started in the year 1901, according to water scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

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November 4, 2009

Greater sage-grouse populations have declined substantially in many areas in the West, though populations in some locations remain relatively stable, according to a comprehensive publication written by federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. The population assessment is one of numerous sage-grouse topics covered in the 24 chapters released today.

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September 16, 2009

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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September 14, 2009

Intersex in smallmouth and largemouth basses is widespread in numerous river basins throughout the United States is the major finding of the most comprehensive and large-scale evaluation of the condition, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research published online in Aquatic Toxicology.

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August 10, 2009

By washing your hands after digging in beach sand, you could greatly reduce your risk of ingesting bacteria that could make you sick. In new research, scientists have determined that, although beach sand is a potential source of bacteria and viruses, hand rinsing may effectively reduce exposure to microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses.

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June 15, 2009

This summer boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects near the main channel of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. A series of floats with biological sampling devices have been set up by river scientists from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.
 

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