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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Winter view of Houghton Lake, Michigan with pressure cracks in the ice
November 27, 2004

Houghton Lake Michigan frozen and cracked

West-side of Houghton Lake during winter when frozen showing pressure cracks in ice.

Image: Leafcutter Bee at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
August 1, 2004

Leafcutter Bee at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

This native leafcutter bee, Trachusa zebratum, is a solitary bee species associated with sandy soils where the female builds her own nest to lay her eggs in.

Image: A Cuckoo Bee at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
July 1, 2004

A Cuckoo Bee at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

This cuckoo bee, or Nomada vegana, is a native bee species associated with open grassland habitats in northwest Indiana. It is a parasitic bee that lays its eggs in nests of other bees.

Pitcher Plant Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
June 3, 2004

Sundew Plant Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

A Sundew plant taken at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

Two mini SPMDs prior to deployment
November 24, 2003

Two mini SPMDs prior to deployment

Two passive samplers (mini Semi-Permeable Membrane Devices or “SPMDs”) prior to a onemonth deployment for measurement of organic contaminants.

Pitcher Plants
September 4, 2003

Pitcher Plants at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Pitcher Plants at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Tagged lamprey in a stream
July 10, 2003

Tagged lamprey in a stream

A tagged sea lamprey used in our sterile male program is seen attached to a rock in a tributary to Lake Huron.

Lake Sturgeon in the water
June 18, 2003

Lake Sturgeon in the water

Lake Sturgeon in the Detroit River, 2003.

USGS Scientist Mark Roth listening to frog calls.
December 31, 2002

USGS Scientist Mark Roth listening to frog calls.

USGS Scientist Mark Roth listening to frog calls. Coolecting frog calls allows scientists to determine distribution of species.

A satellite mosaic of the state of Indiana
September 1, 2002

A Landsat Mosaic for Indiana’s Bicentennial

This satellite mosaic of the Hoosier State was created from several Landsat scenes stitched together to create one seamless image. Data from the National Elevation Dataset (NED) is also incorporated into the image. The names of major cities and county boundaries have been added.

Best management practices of agricultural streams
November 29, 2001

Best management practices of agricultural streams

Effective best management practices have been shown to reduce the transport of sediment, nutrients, herbicides, and pesticides from agriculture to waterways.

USGS Scientist Kevin Kenow looks out over lake at dawn.
December 31, 2000

USGS Scientist Kevin Kenow looks out over lake at dawn.

USGS Scientist Kevin Kenow looks out over lake at dawn.