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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Processing water-quality samples to be analyzed for pesticides
Date Published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana National Water-Quality Assessment Project

Staff have been sampling Sugar Creek at New Palestine and the White River at Hazleton heavily since the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) pilot study in 1991. We have collected 26 years of nutrient, pesticide, major ions, and sediment data at these sites.  Our intensive data collection is critical to the science...

Collecting water-quality samples for the contaminants of emerging concern study
Date Published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Evaluating Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Scientists are assessing the impacts of contaminants of emerging concern on Great Lakes fish, wildlife, and water quality by collecting and analyzing samples from tributaries to the Great Lakes.

IN-KY Water Science Center scientists measuring water quality as part of the Great Lakes Tributary Monitoring program
Date Published: July 14, 2016

Great Lakes Tributary Monitoring

IN-KY scientists collect monthly chemical/suspended sediment and flow data as part of the Great Lakes Tributary Monitoring program. As part of the Great Lakes Research Initiative, the data we provide is used for long-term trends analysis.

Algal Biomass Lab sample
Date Published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Algal Biomass Lab

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Algal Biomass Laboratory processes samples for chlorophyll-a and nutrients.  The analytical data for chlorophyll-a and pheophytin provided by USGS [periphyton samples collected by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)] are used by IDEM for water quality assessment and nutrient management planning.

Contacts: Aubrey Bunch
Nathan Truax verifying and calibrating a water-quality sensor at the USGS Ohio River at Olmsted Lock and Dam super gage
Date Published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Large Rivers in Kentucky

Water Science Center scientists monitor several rivers in Kentucky as part of the USGS National Water-Quality Program (NWQP). As part of the NWQP program , USGS scientists from across the country are determine the status and trends of loads and concentrations of contaminants, nutrients, and sediment in the Nation’s large...

Contacts: Angela Crain
Plot of particle size versus velocity using flow3-d modeling software
Date Published: July 13, 2016
Status: Active

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis and Modeling

USGS scientists can perform numerical simulations with the FLOW-3D application. FLOW-3D is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package with multi-physics modules. It solves the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes and continuity equations in a structured, rectangular grid. USGS scientists use CFD models to design equipment (such as the...

Sunken barge on the bed of the Ohio River as imaged with the IN-KY multi-beam bathymetry system
Date Published: July 13, 2016
Status: Active

Bathymetric Surveys

Bathymetric surveys allow us to measure the depth of a water body as well as map the underwater features of a water body.  Multiple methods can be used for bathymetric surveys including multi-beam and single-beam surveys, ADCPs, sub-bottom profilers, and the Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. We use bathymetric surveys for many different types of research including flood inundation,...

INKY WSC Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Date Published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV)

Scientists are using the Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to collect imagery, bathymetry, and basic water-quality parameters. The Ecomapper provides a innovative visualization of data.

Interactive Aquifer map example
Date Published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Advanced Mapping Technologies

USGS is developing new and innovative ways to map the world around us. 

Unmanned Aircraft System
Date Published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center has become a regional leader in using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, for mapping and hazards analysis.

A river bank that is being restored.
Date Published: July 5, 2016
Status: Active

Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration

Federal investments in ecosystem restoration projects protect Federal trusts, ensure public health and safety, and preserve and enhance essential ecosystem services. These investments also generate business activity and create jobs. However, limited information exists on the costs and associated economic impacts of ecosystem restoration projects due to the complexity of the “restoration...

Image of the contents of a repeat photo stake folder.
Date Published: March 3, 2016
Status: Completed

Developing a USGS Legacy Data Inventory to Preserve and Release Historical USGS Data

Legacy data (n) - Information stored in an old or obsolete format or computer system that is, therefore, difficult to access or process. (Business Dictionary, 2016) For over 135 years, the U.S. Geological Survey has collected diverse information about the natural world and how it interacts with society. Much of this legacy information is one-of-a-kind and in danger of being lost forever...

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Frog liver with SPI
December 31, 2017

Frog liver with SPI

This photomicrograph shows a liver of a frog with a severe Perkinsea infection.

Chelonid herpesvirus 5 replication
December 31, 2017

Chelonid herpesvirus 5 replication

This microscopic image shows a sun-shaped area within turtle skin cells where chelonid herpesvirus 5 replicates. The virus capsids, or protein shells, are arrayed like a corona around the circle. ChHV5 is associated with fibropapillomatosisa tumor disease affecting endangered green turtles. (Credit: Thierry Work,

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Phragmites rhizome
December 31, 2017

Phragmites rhizome

Phragmites rhizome, or a belowground stem that puts up new shoots, dug up in a coastal marsh of Lake Erie in northern Ohio. Phragmites' belowground biomass can exceed that of its aboveground biomass. 

Staff processing a sample in the Microbiology laboratory
December 31, 2017

Staff processing a sample in the Microbiology laboratory

Staff processing a sample in the Microbiology laboratory

USGS owned Unmanned Aircraft System
December 31, 2017

USGS owned Unmanned Aircraft System

Photograph of USGS Kentucky WSC unmanned aircraft system.

Ohio WSC Microbiology Laboaratory
December 31, 2017

Ohio WSC Microbiology Laboaratory

Ohio WSC Microbiology Laboaratory

USGS scientist collecting samples of aquatic species from the Pike River, Wis., for later analysis of mercury contamination
December 31, 2017

USGS scientist collecting samples of aquatic species from Pike River

USGS scientist collecting samples of aquatic species from the Pike River, Wis., for later analysis of mercury contamination

Steven Fuller making an ADCP streamflow measurement via a cable car
December 31, 2017

Steven Fuller making an ADCP streamflow measurement via a cable car

Steven Fuller making an ADCP streamflow measurement via a cable car

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USGS science for a changing world logo
May 26, 2006

This summer boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects in some of the backwaters of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. Water quality and weather monitoring equipment has been set up by river scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

USGS
May 26, 2006

This summer boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects in some of the backwaters of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River.

USGS science for a changing world logo
June 2, 2005

As visitors hit Indiana’s Lake Michigan beaches this summer, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will implement a new, more timely method to predict bacterial contamination in the lake that can make swimmers sick, the agency’s Great Lakes Science Center announced today. Preliminary results from last year indicate that the new protocols will protect public health

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June 2, 2005

As visitors hit Indiana’s Lake Michigan beaches this summer, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will implement a new, more timely method to predict bacterial contamination in the lake that can make swimmers sick, the agency’s Great Lakes Science Center announced today.

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November 12, 2004

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center are concerned that avian cholera, which recently killed about 30,000 eared grebes—small, diving water birds—at Great Salt Lake, Utah, could spread as birds migrate south for the winter, the agency announced today.

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September 16, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey alerted state and federal agencies today to the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland due to anticipated heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ivan.

USGS
September 16, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey alerted state and federal agencies today to the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland due to anticipated heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ivan.

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 14, 2004

America’s rivers and streams are generally suitable for irrigation, supplying drinking water, and home and recreational uses. However, in areas with significant agricultural and urban development, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds.

USGS
May 14, 2004

America’s rivers and streams are generally suitable for irrigation, supplying drinking water, and home and recreational uses. However, in areas with significant agricultural and urban development, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 26, 2004

Farmlands, wetlands, forests and deserts that composed the American landscape in the early 20th century have frequently been transformed during the past 30 years into mushrooming metropolitan areas as urbanization spreads across the country.

USGS
April 26, 2004

Farmlands, wetlands, forests and deserts that composed the American landscape in the early 20th century have frequently been transformed during the past 30 years into mushrooming metropolitan areas as urbanization spreads across the country.

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April 21, 2004

Coral reefs are not often associated with Wisconsin, but coral scientists are meeting in Madison next week to discuss diseases afflicting coral around the world. Even though Madison is over 1,200 miles from the closest coral reefs, which are in Florida, it is home to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC). USGS is co-sponsoring The Coral Disease and Health Workshop, April 26 - 29.

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