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: 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.

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,...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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
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
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...

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,...

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.

Date published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Advanced Mapping Technologies

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

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Monarch on hairy puccoon
December 31, 2017

Monarch on hairy puccoon

A monarch butterfly on a hairy puccoon plant.

Frog liver with SPI
December 31, 2017

Frog liver with SPI

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

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. 

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

USGS owned Unmanned Aircraft System
December 31, 2017

USGS owned Unmanned Aircraft System

Photograph of USGS Kentucky WSC unmanned aircraft system.

Digestive gland from a freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis)
December 31, 2017

Digestive gland from a freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis)

National Wildlife Health Center — Madison, Wisconsin. Digestive gland from a freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis)

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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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. Preliminary results from last year indicate that the new protocols will protect public health

USGS
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.

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