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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November 16, 2010

Designing for natural channel reconstructions, Villa Mann Creek

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) talk about design challenges related to finding reference characteristics for reconstruction more natural channels from stormwater-derived cement lined channels. Stream and wetland construction goes hand-in-hand with roadway construction.

November 16, 2010

Bioengineering techniques in urban headwater channels

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Karla Leithoff (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) talk about lessons learned for establishing critter-friendly bank vegetation in a stream relocation project.

video thumbnail: Fishway allows fish to bypass dam, Milwaukee River at Thiensville, Wisconsin
November 15, 2010

Fishway allows fish to bypass dam, Milwaukee River at Thiensville, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Matt Aho (Ozaukee County), and Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission), discuss solutions for fish passage barriers in urban watersheds.

video thumbnail: Alternative to Dam Removal: Wisconsin Fish Passage Project Milwaukee River at Thiensville, Wisconsin
November 15, 2010

Alternative to Dam Removal: Wisconsin Fish Passage Project Milwaukee River at Thiensville, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Matt Aho (Ozaukee County), Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission), and Will Wawrzyn (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) discuss habitat fragmentation in urban streams and how a new fishway around the dam on the Milwaukee River at Thiensville addresses fish passage without removing the dam.

video thumbnail: Linking stormwater management and stream rehabilitation, Underwood Creek, Wisconsin
November 15, 2010

Linking stormwater management and stream rehabilitation, Underwood Creek, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission), and Dave Fowler (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) talk about how stormwater management allows removal of cement lined channels and fosters stream rehabilitation for the highly urban Underwood Creek. Flood mitigation and rehabilitation are accomplished at

video thumbnail: Monitoring stream rehabilitation at Underwood Creek, Wisconsin
November 15, 2010

Monitoring stream rehabilitation at Underwood Creek, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) show how streamgaging and water quality monitoring are important for stream rehabilitation planning, design and monitoring.

video thumbnail: Removing cement-lined channels in the Kinnickinnic River, Wisconsin
November 15, 2010

Removing cement-lined channels in the Kinnickinnic River, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Dave Fowler (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District), and Pat Elliot (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) discuss the benefits of removing dangerous cement-lined channels, providing fish passage and new habitat, recreating floodplains, and expanding greenspace in the highly urbanized Kinnickinnic River watershed.

video thumbnail: Urban stream restoration and combined sewer overflows, Kinnickinnic River, Wisconsin
November 15, 2010

Urban stream restoration and combined sewer overflows, Kinnickinnic River, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Dave Fowler (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) describe how the deep tunnel system in the Milwaukee area has allowed enough flood storage to be able to take out the cement-lined channel and recreate a more natural riffle-pool type of channel with improved fish habitat and fish passage.

USGS CoreCast
October 31, 2010

Endocrine Disruptors and Intersex Fish in Minnesota Lakes

Endocrine disrupting chemicals were identified in all of the 11 Minnesota lakes studied by the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Cloud State University and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Female characteristics were observed in male fish in most of the lakes studied. USGS scientists Jeffrey Writer talks to us about what's going on. 

Lincoln Creek streambank rehabiliation
August 23, 2010

Lincoln Creek streambank rehabiliation

A section of Lincoln Creek where streambank rehabilitation was completed in 2002, with USGS streamflow equipment in the foreground.

Image: Cladophora Along Lake Michigan
July 26, 2010

Cladophora Along Lake Michigan

Large patches of Cladophora, a green algae, lining the shore of Lake Michigan. Accumulation of Cladophora in shoreline waters is believed to be linked to avian botulism outbreaks, which have recently
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Biofilms
March 31, 2010

Biofilms

This image shows benthic biofilms growing in Wilson Park at 13th Street, Milwaukee.

Ice removal is a critical safety step in your airborne journey, but have you ever wondered what happens to that deicing material after it does its job? Some of it degrades on the airfield surface, and airports often clean up much of it, but some can still run off into water. USGS 

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