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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Failure of a pier supporting the railroad bridge over the Wabash River, January 12, 2005
Date Published: July 28, 2016
Status: Active

River Meander Modeling - Wabash River

Significant flood events on the Wabash River between 3 mi downstream of Mt. Carmel, IL to 10 mi downstream from New Harmony, IN caused the collapse of the railroad pier, bridge, and trusses which crossed the river. Scientists are using two models to evaluate how future flooding may impact the current I-64 bridge and the river channel. One model will focus on river meander migration. The second...

Contacts: Justin Boldt
Example of a flood inundation map from Indiana
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

Flood Inundation Mapping in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Flood inundation maps (FIMs) translate the stage of a river (shown on a hydrograph) to a map showing the extent and depth of flood waters. FIMS are created by combining datasets calculated by hydraulic models with ArcGIS, a geographic information system. FIMs can be used in conjunction with USGS real-time data and National Weather Service Flood Forecasts to plan and prepare for flood events....

a birder on a bridge looking at the birds
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

A crowd of people in a National Park.
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Flooding in Columbus, Indiana, June 2008
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

A Flood Alert System for Columbus, Indiana

In June 2008, heavy rainfall occurred in the upstream reaches of Haw Creek, a small stream that flows through the center of Columbus, Ind. A sudden flash flood occurred through the middle of Columbus which took the town by surprise since the rain was upstream. Many homes and more than 70 businesses were damaged in Columbus, including $125 million in damage to the Columbus Regional Hospital and...

Contacts: Jeremiah Lant
Ohio River at Ironton, OH
Date Published: July 25, 2016
Status: Active

Nutrient Delivery to the Mississippi River from Kentucky

Scientists will be collecting field water-quality parameters and samples for laboratory analysis of nutrients, silica, and suspended sediment at the USGS Ohio River at Ironton, OH gaging station and the...

Mega-gage at Kankakee River at Davis, IN
Date Published: July 25, 2016
Status: Active

Kankakee River at Davis, IN Mega Gage: Monitoring Groundwater/Surface-Water Interactions

What is the groundwater contribution to nitrates in surface water? 

That's the question we are trying to answer by looking at surface-water and groundwater interaction and the role each play in the movement of nitrates. We have added additional monitoring equipment to the USGS super gage...

A cutthroat trout. Photo by James Roberts, USGS.
Date Published: July 21, 2016

Using Quantile Regression to Investigate Ecological Limiting Factors

Unexplained heterogeneity in statistical models of animal responses to their physical environment is reasonable to expect because the measured habitat resources are a constraint on—but not the sole determinant of—abundance, survival, fecundity, or fitness. The ecological understanding and reliability of management predictions based on animal habitat models can be improved by shifting focus ...

Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp
Date Published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

The sunset on the main city beach in Laguna Beach, CA.
Date Published: July 19, 2016

Quantitative and Statistical Research Collaboration

Mathematical and statistical models are powerful research tools that play several important roles in conceptualizing and understanding the structure and dynamics of complicated ecological systems, including developing mechanistic hypotheses pertaining to ecological systems, designing studies that elucidate ecosystem structure and function, and extracting information from data.

National Atmospheric Deposition Program sample ready to be shipped
Date Published: July 15, 2016
Status: Active

National Atmospheric Deposition Program National Trends Network

The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a 40-year old organization of federal, state, local, academic, tribal, and private entities who support operation of 5 national monitoring networks. Kentucky and Indiana operate 3 National Trends Network (NTN) sites as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP).  Monitoring for NTN is consistent, standardized, high quality,...

Collecting litterfall for mercury testing
Date Published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Litterfall Mercury Monitoring Network

Litterfall is leaves, needles, flowers, fruit, and debris found on the forest floor.  Litterfall sampling can be an effective tool for monitoring elements like Mercury. Mercury in litterfall is primarily from the atmosphere and contributes to the higher amounts of mercury dry deposition that accumulates in forested areas compared to non-forested areas.

INKY scientists collect litterfall...

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

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from right bank

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from right bank

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

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat launch

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat launch

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

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat at gage

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - boat at gage

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

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from left bank

Wabash River at New Harmony IN - view from left bank

Ice rings on trees
January 17, 2018

Ice rings on tree on Auglaize River

This picture was taken January 16 by Hydro Tech Tim Nicholson as he was assessing site conditions for a discharge measurement, which he determined was unsafe to make. 04191500 Auglaize River near Defiance

Mt. Hope Cemetery, Michigan
December 31, 2017

Groundwater Sampling at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Michigan

Is this cemetery haunted? Probably not, but there could be tiny things moving beyond the grave. The USGS sampled groundwater downhill of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan, to find out if materials associated with decomposition and burial processes could affect groundwater quality near a cemetery. More science is needed to answer that question, but the preliminary

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December 31, 2017

Acoustic Deterrent Emiquon Preserve

James Wamboldt (USGS – La Crosse, WI), Kelsie Murchy (University of Victoria - BC Canada), and Doug Blodgett (The Nature Conservancy- Illinois Rivers Office at Emiquon) testing an underwater acoustic deterrent for Asian Carp at the water control structure located at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve, Lewiston, Illinois in 2017. Underwater speakers were activated in

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Water Sampling at Cemetery
December 31, 2017

Groundwater Sampling at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Michigan

Is this cemetery haunted? Probably not, but there could be tiny things moving beyond the grave. The USGS sampled groundwater downhill of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan, to find out if materials associated with decomposition and burial processes could affect groundwater quality near a cemetery. More science is needed to answer that question, but the preliminary

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Monarch on Joe Pyeweed plant
December 31, 2017

Monarch on Joe Pyeweed plant

Monarch butterfly on a Joe Pyeweed plant.

Sampling Groundwater at Michigan Cemetery
December 31, 2017

Groundwater Sampling at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Michigan

Is this cemetery haunted? Probably not, but there could be tiny things moving beyond the grave. The USGS sampled groundwater downhill of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan, to find out if materials associated with decomposition and burial processes could affect groundwater quality near a cemetery. More science is needed to answer that question, but the preliminary

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Monarch on hairy puccoon
December 31, 2017

Monarch on hairy puccoon

A monarch butterfly on a hairy puccoon plant.

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USGS
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. 

USGS
May 19, 2008

Concerns about water quality at beaches along the Great Lakes have prompted the need to better understand when waters are safe for recreation. A new collaborative project is aimed at improving information for beach managers when they are faced with deciding whether to close beaches to protect public health. 

USGS
April 21, 2008

Friday's magnitude-5.2 earthquake in southern Illinois is a reminder that earthquakes are a national hazard.

USGS
April 18, 2008

Today's early morning earthquake that jolted many in the central U.S. is a reminder that seismic events do occur in areas not normally thought of as "earthquake country."

USGS
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.

USGS
January 29, 2008

Nine states in the Mississippi River Basin contribute the majority of nutrients to the Northern Gulf of Mexico, threatening the economic and ecological health of one of the nation's largest and most productive fisheries.

USGS
January 24, 2008

The overabundance of nutrients in the Gulf has resulted in a zone of low dissolved oxygen, or hypoxia, which can cause stress and death in bottom-dwelling organisms, threatening the economic and ecological health of the one of the nation's most productive fisheries.

USGS science for a changing world logo
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.

USGS
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.

USGS science for a changing world logo
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.

USGS
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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