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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Collecting water samples
December 31, 2013

Collecting water samples

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientist collects water samples on Little Lake Butte des Morts, Wisconsin, for contaminants testing.

December 11, 2013

The NEW Great Lakes Wet Lab - Ann Arbor

The capabilities of the Great Lakes Science Center's new aquatic wet lab are highlighted. Note:Music: "See You Later" by Pitx featuring Fireproof Babies, Bmccosar. Available at http://ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/17154. Creative Commons License: http://

Field Overgrown with Phragmites
November 5, 2013

Field Overgrown with Phragmites

Field Overgrown with Phragmites

August 31, 2013

USGS Lake Michigan 2013 Bottom Trawl Survey Video Highlights

The U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center has conducted lake-wide surveys of the fish community in Lake Michigan each fall since 1973 using standard 12-m bottom trawls towed along contour at depths of 9 to 110 m at seven different sites around the perimeter of the lake. The resulting data on relative abundance, size and age structure, and condition of

Dr. Kurt Kowalski in a Tall Phragmites Stand
August 16, 2013

Dr. Kurt Kowalski in a Tall Phragmites Stand

Dr. Kurt Kowalski in a Tall Phragmites Stand. Crane Creek, USFWS Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Cement-lined channels are slowly being removed in stream rehabilitation efforts
August 9, 2013

Cement-lined channels slowly being removed for stream rehabilitation

Cement-lined channels such as this one in a section of the Kinnickinnic River at 11th Street in Milwaukee are slowly being removed in stream rehabilitation efforts. Water chemistry remains important, and this channel shows abundant algal growth from excess nutrients and abundant sunlight.

Phragmites australis
August 7, 2013

Phragmites australis

Wetland scientist Kurt Kowalski (GLSC) in a stand of Phragmites australis, or common reed, an invasive species in the Great Lakes.   Crane Creek, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH.

Quagga Mussels
July 18, 2013

Quagga Mussels Caught in Bottom Trawl

These invasive quagga mussels were caught using a trawl, or fishing net. Invasive mussels are causing significant ecological and economic impacts and the range of these impacts continues to increase as they spread across