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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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Large blue pipes convey water from a public-supply well
December 31, 2010

Public-supply well in Illinois

Public-supply wells pump higher volumes of water than domestic-supply wells.  This photo appears in Circular 1352, Water Quality in the Glacial Aquifer System, Northern United States, one of a series of circulars on groundwater quality in the

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video thumbnail: Urban stream restoration in a freeway interchange, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin
November 16, 2010

Urban stream restoration in a freeway interchange, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Larry Pfeil (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) discuss the overall design to construct a natural looking stream from a ditch within the constraints of roadway alignment, buffers, easements, and culverts.

video thumbnail: Early communication helps to streamline rehabilitation projects that combine stream and wetland techniques, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin
November 16, 2010

Early communication helps to streamline rehabilitation projects that combine stream and wetland techniques, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Shelley Warwick (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources), and Karla Leithoff (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) discuss coordination among WI DOT and WI DNR, connections between wetland scientists and engineers.

video thumbnail: Challenges of culvert crossings and design in stream restoration projects, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin
November 16, 2010

Challenges of culvert crossings and design in stream restoration projects, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) discuss how culverts and culvert openings can be designed to maintain fish passage. Special design considerations can be given to wing walls, concrete aprons, and substrate.

video thumbnail: Habitat considerations in restored ephemeral channels, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin
November 16, 2010

Habitat considerations in restored ephemeral channels, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) discuss intermittent riffle-pool channels in a dense urban highway environment. Even though the streams do not have flow year-round, pools maintain diverse aquatic life and floodplain connections between storm events.

November 16, 2010

Reconstructing streams in zones of freeway expansion, Villa Mann Creek

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Bill Mohr (Wisconsin Department of Transportation), and Karla Leithoff (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) describe the floodplain, wetland, and channel restoration aspects.

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: 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.