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: September 15, 2016

Modeling Aquatic Species Distributions On The Basis Of Physical Habitat

Gap analysis is a coarse-scale assessment of aquatic biodiversity and conservation, the results of which can be used to guide biological field studies and monitoring programs. Potential species distribution models were developed for 130 fish, 70 bivalve, and 17 native crayfish species on the basis of a physical habitat-based classification of the perennial streams in Ohio. 

Contacts: Alex Covert
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
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
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
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Crest-Stage Streamgage Network In Ohio

Historically, streams with drainage areas less than 100 square miles have not been adequately represented in regional peak flow analysis. To help fill this data gap, crest-stage gages were installed in 2001 at 18 sites throughout Ohio in order to augment the peak flow record for small streams (less than 100 square miles). After enough peak flow data have been collected at these sites, an...

Contacts: Branden Vonins
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Lake Erie (LERI) NAWQA Surface Water Status And Trends

The Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair (LERI) Basins in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania comprise one of more than 50 study units that are part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of the NAWQA program are to describe the water-quality status and trends in a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater...

Contacts: Dennis Finnegan
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Of Groundwater Levels And Surface-Water Quality At The South Well Field, Franklin County, Ohio

The City of Columbus operates 5 high-capacity collector wells to extract groundwater for drinking-water supply. To assist the City, the USGS monitors water levels in 5 observation wells and operates a water-quality monitor on the Scioto River where specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity are measured on an hourly basis. In addition, groundwater-level synoptic...

Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Long-term Water-level Monitoring Network, Geauga County, Ohio

Residents of Geauga County rely almost exclusively on groundwater as their source of drinking water. County planners are concerned that steady population growth and associated increased withdrawals of groundwater may cause a decline in groundwater levels. Declining groundwater levels indicate a decrease in the amount of groundwater that is available for human use and to maintain streamflow...

Contacts: Martha Jagucki
Date published: September 15, 2016

NAWQA - Regional Stream-Quality Assessment Field Data Management

The Regional Stream-Quality Assessment (RSQA) of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) assesses the ecological stressors in various regions across the United States. The stressors are related to water quality, streamflow, and toxicity. Field data management ensures a clean, complete dataset for interpretation and analysis with no loss of samples or data.  

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Contacts: Daniel Button
Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana Volunteer Groundwater Monitoring Network

The USGS Indiana Water Science Center, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, have developed a quality assured volunteer groundwater data collection system to enhance the existing groundwater-level network for the state and provide usable data to the public. Individuals interested in providing data to the Indiana Volunteer groundwater monitoring network can find more...

Contacts: David C Lampe
Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana-Kentucky Climate Response Network

Do you recall the drought of 2012? Precipitation deficits during July 2012 were widespread. Morse Reservoir was a prominent sight that was highly visible in the news. Photos showed million dollar mansions with boats stranded on the lakebed. This drought took many by surprise, however, there were hydrologic signs during 2011. Events like this (and California) have brought some welcome attention...

Date published: August 12, 2016

Potential Toxicity of Multiple Metals Associated with PGE Deposits

Water quality and aquatic life standards that are set by Federal and state regulatory agencies are used to evaluate the quality of our nation’s water and the health of aquatic ecosystems. These standards currently are based on hardness of the water and are determined for single metals, not for mixtures of metals that are typically found in natural systems. Metal mixtures can potentially be...

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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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June 15, 2009

Tracking Native Mussels on the Mississippi River
For the first time ever, mussels in the Mississippi River will be radio tagged and their movements observed during the water-level drawdown that is scheduled to begin next week.

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May 26, 2009

Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, a recognized authority on wildlife health issues, will join the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI, as its new director this week. As director, Sleeman will lead scientists and staff who provide wildlife managers with technical assistance, research, and education on wildlife health issues.

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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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April 22, 2009

A new flood-warning system was put to the test during the recent flooding in Findlay, Ohio. It came through with flying colors, providing Findlay officials and emergency managers information needed about the Blanchard River's impending floodwaters. The warning system is now complete with interactive flood-inundation maps on the Web.

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March 18, 2009

On Nov. 1, 1933, Mrs. Bruce Reid recorded seeing both a male and female ivory-billed woodpecker in Texas. And on May 28, 1938, Oscar McKinley Bryans observed a ruby-throated hummingbird in Michigan, noting that the birds were most common when apple trees were blooming. These are just two of more than 6 million personal observations scribbled and preserved on notecards in government files.

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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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January 5, 2009

Rain and snow falling in Indiana contains less mercury than it did in years past. Yet some of the state's major waterways have mercury levels that could be harmful to humans and wildlife.

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