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

Regions L2 Landing Page Tabs

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August 31, 2012

The Greatest Natural Disaster in Ohio History: The Flood of 1913

Devastation from the 1913 flood is shown primarily through photographs taken during the March 1913 flood. In the aftermath of the 1913 flood, State and Federal funds were allocated for the installation of a streamgage network to monitor the water level and flow of Ohio's rivers and streams. The modern streamgaging network and uses of streamflow data are described.

Gage house by Midwest stream
August 15, 2012

Riparian zone absent in cropped fields

In the Corn Belt states of the Midwest, intensive agriculture extends up to stream banks, eliminating trees and other riparian vegegation.  In 2013, the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) investigated the effects of land use, stream quality, and other stressors on the ecological health of 100 streams in the

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Agricultural stream with tile drain
August 15, 2012

Tile drain in intensive Corn Belt agriculture

A tile drain concentrates and transports irrigation water and the chemicals it contains to a stream. Many streams in intensively agricultural areas lack trees or other riparian zone vegetation. In 2013, the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) investigated the effects of land use, stream quality, and other stressors

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June 30, 2012

Water-Level Fluctuations at Sheboygan River Mouth, Sheboygan, WI

A series of time-lapse photographs capture rapid water-level fluctuations in the vicinity of Wildwood Islands in the Sheboygan River, 4.4 km upstream of Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wis. The fluctuations are caused the interaction of seiche-related oscillations from Lake Michigan with river flows. 
 

March 3, 2012

Water-Level Fluctuations at Sheboygan River Mouth, Sheboygan, WI

A series of time-lapse photographs capture rapid water-level fluctuations in the vicinity of Wildwood Islands in the Sheboygan River, 4.4 km upstream of Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wis. The fluctuations are caused the interaction of seiche-related oscillations from Lake Michigan with river flows. 
 

Hammond Bay Biological Station
February 8, 2012

Hammond Bay Biological Station

A view of the Hammond Bay Biological Station in Millersburg, MI.

video thumbnail: Balancing Roadway Corridor Construction with Coldwater Habitat Protection, Rosenow Creek, Wisconsin
November 16, 2011

Balancing Roadway Corridor Construction with Coldwater Habitat Protection, Rosenow Creek, Wisconsin

Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tom Slawski (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) discuss how designs for stormwater runoff from roadways in narrow transportation corridors can help protect coldwater brook trout habitat in agricultural settings.

Photo of a streamgage collecting water data for a paired-watershed collaborative study in Sheboygan County, Wis.
September 22, 2011

Streamgage in Sheboygan county paired-watershed study.

This streamgage is one of two USGS gages collecting streamflow and water-quality information for a paired-watershed project in Sheboygan County, Wis. The USGS, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, conservation organizations, landowners, and farm operators are evaluating the effectiveness of conservation practices on agriculutral fields and pastures with the greatest

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Bald Eagle Lake, MN
September 1, 2011

Bald Eagle Lake, MN

Bald Eagle Lake near the Twin Cities, Minnesota.