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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Bank height above water surface assessment
July 28, 2016

Bank height above water surface assessment

Bank height above the water surface is measured at each transect along a stream reach to estimate the channel and bed substrate as well as the type and size of sediment size that can be transported by the stream.

Stream habitat measurement along a transect
July 28, 2016

Stream habitat measurement along a transect

Stream habitat measurement showing meter stick and gravelometer used to measure channel depths and particle sizes.

Lake Trout
July 13, 2016

Lake Trout

Lake trout historically supported the most valuable freshwater commercial fisheries in North America, but their populations crashed in parts of the Great Lakes during the 1950s and 1960s due to overfishing and invasive species.

Photos show change in water clarity in agricultural runoff before and after a grassed waterway was installed
June 23, 2016

Edge-of-field: runoff before and after conservation practice install

These photos, taken before and after a grassed-waterway conservation practice was installed, show a change in the water clarity of agricultural runoff at an edge-of-field surface monitoring site in Wisconsin.

June 15, 2016

The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF)

This is an introductory video to an adaptive management approach for the invasive plant Phragmites australis in the Great Lakes basin. An adaptive management framework is an iterative process of robust decision making aimed at reducing uncertainty over time, for a variety of stakeholders with differing backgrounds and interests, via system monitoring.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
June 8, 2016

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The USGS monitors water quality at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
June 8, 2016

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

The USGS monitors water quality at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan. 

Photo showing cows feeding on a farm in southern Wisconsin. 
June 6, 2016

Farm in southern Wisconsin

Cows feed on a farm 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. 

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