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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Photo showing an irrigation system watering crops in southern Wisconsin.
June 6, 2016

Farm in southern Wisconsin

An irrigation system waters crops in southern Wisconsin. A new USGS report shows that drought periods followed by rainfall caused nitrate levels to increase to the highest ever measured in some Midwest streams during a 2013 study. 

May 10, 2016

Edge-of-Field Monitoring Using Depth-Integrated Sample Arm (DISA)

During edge-of-field monitoring of an agricultural field runoff event, a depth-integrated sample arm (DISA) is used to take a water sample at the same time a traditional water sample is taken from an intake located at the bottom of the H-flume exit, where the water is assumed to be completely mixed. The DISA is normally used to collect a continuous vertical sample

May 7, 2016

Dave Krabbenhoft discusses his career of mercury research

Dave Krabbenhoft discusses the history of his 28-year career at the USGS.  He describes how he started working on mercury research in the 1980s, trying to unravel the mystery of why mercury was being detected in fish in pristine lakes in Northern Wisconsin, and how that research has evolved over time to determine atmospheric mercury is the primary source of mercury

May 7, 2016

Working Aboard the U.S. EPA's Lake Guardian Sampling for Mercury

Dave Krabbenhoft discusses working on the U.S. EPA's Lake Guardian, and the perspective he and his team have by being on board and viewing the less developed parts of the shoreline from the middle of the lake.

Assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project
April 5, 2016

Assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project

USGS scientists conduct a post-construction assessment of the Cottrellville Shoreline Restoration Project on the St. Clair River, Michigan.

Sediment accumulation along a downstream concrete lined reach of river
April 4, 2016

Sediment accumulation along a downstream concrete lined reach of river

Sediment accumulation along a downstream concrete lined reach of the Kinnickinnic River, April 2016.

Image: Gulls on Shore of Lake Michigan
March 14, 2016

Gulls on Shore of Lake Michigan

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, with help from many partners and support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, has established "Lake Michigan Volunteer AMBLE - Avian Monitoring for Botulism Lakeshore Events." The goal of AMBLE is to empower a network of concerned citizens to monitor bird health and beach conditions along miles of Lake

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