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! 


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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October 4, 1999

While sulfur levels (an indicator of acidity) in rain and streams have declined at locations in Maine, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the alkalinity of stream water has not recovered at sites in four of the five states according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.

September 2, 1999

News Release Address: USGS A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in northern Illinois at 12:17 Eastern Daylight Time, or 11:17 local time today, Sept. 2. 

August 20, 1999

Lawns and streets contribute most of the phosphorus being transported from urban residential areas of Madison, Wisconsin, to Lakes Wingra and Mendota, according to a study recently published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Department of the Interior.

March 29, 1999

The mysterious brain disease responsible for the deaths of bald eagles and American coots in Arkansas has now been found in two species of ducks discovered dead at Woodlake, North Carolina, and in bald eagles and coots from three other southeastern states.

October 28, 1998

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed statewide coverage of USGS Digital Orthophoto Quandrangles (DOQ’s) in Minnesota. The USGS, Minnesota Planning’s Land Management Information Center, and the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources supported an 8-year effort to complete the "Base Maps for the 1990’s" program in the State.

October 24, 1998

Arsenic levels exceeding U.S. standards for drinking water are present in numerous domestic drinking water supply wells distributed over nine counties in southeastern Michigan. U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Allan Kolker will describe possible sources for these anomalously high concentrations during the Annual Meeting of the Geological society of America scheduled for Oct. 25-29 in Toronto,

June 15, 1998

Dr. Robert McLean has been named director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. McLean, who will assume his new duties in late July, will be responsible for overall Center management.

April 8, 1998

Water quality in the White River Basin is impacted by urban and agricultural activities, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

April 6, 1998

Dr. Nancy Milton was named today to the post of center director at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Milton, succeeds Dr. Gregory Smith, who selected her for the position. Dr. Smith is now the USGS Acting Eastern Regional Chief Biologist in Leetown, W.Va.

February 6, 1998

An exotic parasite, never before reported in the United States, is responsible for killing large numbers of waterbirds in Shawano Lake, Wisconsin, last fall. Dr. Rebecca Cole, a parasitologist working at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, announced the finding today.

October 2, 1997

A single-engine airplane, operated under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will fly over three areas in central Wisconsin and two smaller areas in northern Wisconsin during a two-month period beginning in early October.

April 1, 1996

About 10 strong earthquakes have struck southern Illinois and Indiana during the past 12,000 years, according to a new study by geologist Steve Obermeier of the U.S. Geological Survey and archeologists Pat Munson and Rex Garniewicz of Indiana University.

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