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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Measuring floodwater
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Archived

Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring During December 2015-January 2016 Flood Events

During the late December 2015-early January 2016 storm event, two sewage-treatment plants and a drinking-water plant in Missouri were inundated by water and failed, contributing untreated sewage to the floodwaters. The USGS collected water-quality samplesat key locations in the Mississippi and Missouri River Basins and continued to sample the flood surge as it moved down the Mississippi River...

WY2015 cumulative streamflow graph for Elkhorn Creek near Frankfort KY
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2015 Central Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the Summer 2015 Central Floods that occured when heavy rains caused flooding in four states in the central U.S.

USGS Hydrologist examining water collection using specialized equipment.
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Active

Lansing Area Emerging Contaminants

The USGS, in cooperation with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, will analyze water sample results from 20 Lansing area wells. The objective of this study is to investigate well characteristics and other factors that may influence the susceptibility of drinking water-supply wells to contamination by contaminants of emerging concern. This information can be used by Lansing and other...

June 2014 floods in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

June 2014 floods in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the June 2014 Floods in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

May-June 2013 Midwest floods
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

May-June 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the May-June 2013 Midwest Floods.

April-May 2013 Midwest floods
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

April-May 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the April-May 2013 Midwest Floods caused by heavy rainfall and late snow-melt in six states.

New Madrid Floodway - before and after 2011 breach
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

May 2011 New Madrid Floodway

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the May 2011 New Madrid Floodway breaches.

Photo of Gary City Hall redevelopment including rain garden
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Little Calumet River (Northwest Indiana)

The USGS works with a wide range of cooperators to investigate many aspects of water quality. The newly integrated USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center is assisting in furthering urban water-quality research in Northwest Indiana.

Contacts: Paul Buszka
Boats on Kalamazoo River of various agencies in response to a oil spill.
Date Published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Response to an oil spill on the Kalamazoo River

Enbridge Energy Partners LLP (Enbridge) reported a 30-inch pipeline ruptured on Monday, July 26, 2010, near Marshall, Michigan. The release, estimated at 819,000 gallons, entered Talmadge Creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, a Lake Michigan tributary. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil 30 miles downstream on the Kalamazoo River. As the federal agency in...

Photograph from the early 1900s of the Otsego City Dam on the Kalamazoo River in Otsego, Michigan.
Date Published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Kalamazoo River pre-dam removal geomorphology study

The Kalamazoo River, a federal Superfund site, contains sediments contaminated with PCBs from historical paper mills. Dam control and erosion has exposed and mobilized the contaminated sediment, transporting and depositing it downstream. This study determined the historical geomorphic changes, measured bank stability, and evaluated the potential effects of future dam failure and removal...

Photograph of a bankfull regional curves data collection reach along the Brule River, 2006
Date Published: February 23, 2019
Status: Completed

Wisconsin hydraulic geometry regional curves

The USGS is helping develop regional regression curves that relate channel geometry characteristics with streamflow and basin characteristics to improve the design of channel restoration projects for small, ungaged streams with limited data and streamflow relations.

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Image of Wisconsin lake data report cover
April 16, 2016

The purpose of these reports is to provide information about the chemical and physical characteristics of Wisconsin lakes. Data that have been collected at specific lakes, and information to aid in the interpretation of those data, are included in these reports.

Orthoimagery of Augusta Ga
April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Small Scale Collection USA
April 12, 2016

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Screenshot of the FishVis mapper
April 8, 2016

The FishVis Mapper is the product of an Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC project, “A Regional Decision Support Tool for Identifying Vulnerabilities of Riverine Habitat and Fishes to Climate Change” that developed an approach for predicting fish species occurrence under current climate conditions and project how fish species occurrence may change under future climate conditions.

Main page of the Green Lake monitoring map.
April 4, 2016

Map of monitoring locations (with links to data) on Green Lake and its tributaries.

Image showing the main page of the Anvil Lake Monitoring Map tool
April 3, 2016

Map of monitoring locations (with links to data) on Anvil Lake.

Image showing the main page of the Delavan Lake Monitoring Map tool
April 2, 2016

Map of monitoring locations (with links to data) on Delavan Lake and its tributaries.

Bad River mapper
April 2, 2016

The Bad River Groundwater Model Mapper accompanies the report "Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions in the Bad River Watershed, Wisconsin". The mapper displays model inputs such as aquifer recharge and hydraulic conductivity; outputs including water-table elevations, groundwater-flow directions, and stream baseflows; and the results of an analysis evaluating potential monitoring well location.

Screenshot of the Wisconsin Active Groundwater-Level Network
April 1, 2016

The Active Groundwater Level Network contains water levels and well information that have been measured by the USGS or its cooperators at least once within the past 365 days. This network includes all of these wells, regardless of measurement frequency, aquifer monitored, or the monitoring objective.

Screenshot of the Wisconsin Real-Time Groundwater Level Network
April 1, 2016

The Real-Time Groundwater Level Network contains data typically recorded at 15-60 minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. All real-time data are provisional and subject to revision.

Screenshot of the Wisconsin Climate Response Groundwater-Level Network
April 1, 2016

The Climate Response Groundwater-Level Network portrays the effect of climate on groundwater levels in unconfined aquifers or near-surface confined aquifers that are minimally affected by pumping or other anthropogenic stresses.

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Justin Boldt - OKI Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Justin Boldt - OKI Cooperator Meeting

Justin Boldt - OKI Cooperator Meeting. Justin's presentation was titled "Wabash RIver RVRMeander Model: USGS Science helping create safer, more sustainable infrastructure.

Pete Cinotto - Welcome and Introductions at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Pete Cinotto - Welcome and Introductions at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Mt

Pete Cinotto - Welcome and Introductions at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Over a century of science in Kentucky and looking toward the future for the OKI WSC.

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Chris Kephart - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Chris gave a presentation titled "OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory: Capabilities and Current Studies".

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory
April 18, 2019

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory. Chris gave a presentation at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting titled "OKI Water Micorbiology Laboratory: Capabilities and current studies: Learn about the latest technology and science being employed by the OKI WSC. Chris also gave a hand-on demonstration titled "Learn about qPCR and more from the OKI WSC's microbiology lab

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Neal Craig - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Neal Craig - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Neal Craig - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Neal gave a demonstration on Flood measurements showing how to measure floodwaters with old and new technologies.

Angie Crain - Super Gages/Mobile Super Gages
April 18, 2019

Angie Crain - Super Gages/Mobile Super Gages

Angie Crain - Super Gages/Mobile Super Gages. Angie gave a presentation on super gages at the OKI 2109 Cooperator meeting. She also gave a hnads-on demonstration regarding how to measure/sample water quality using the "clean hands/dirty hands" technique.

Neal Craig - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Neal Craig - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Neal Craig - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Neal gave a demonstration on Flood measurements showing how to measure floodwaters with old and new technologies.

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory
April 18, 2019

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory

Chris Kephart - OKI Water Microbiology Laboratory. Chris gave a presentation at the OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting titled "OKI Water Micorbiology Laboratory: Capabilities and current studies: Learn about the latest technology and science being employed by the OKI WSC. Chris also gave a hand-on demonstration titled "Learn about qPCR and more from the OKI WSC's microbiology lab

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Angie Crain - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Angie Crain - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Angie Crain - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Angie gave a presentation on Super Gages/Mobile Super Gages: What's coming into Kentucky and what's leaving it - and new ways to answer that question.

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USGS
June 2, 2016

A graduate student at The University of Toledo is the first researcher to find direct proof of grass carp, a type of invasive Asian carp, spawning in a Great Lakes tributary. This research was conducted as a follow-up to U.S. Geological Survey findings in 2013 that indicated four young grass carp taken from the Sandusky River were the result of natural reproduction.

Close up photo of synthetic surrogate eggs in water
April 7, 2016

Laboratory experiments in flowing water using synthetic surrogate Silver Carp eggs demonstrate egg suspension at lower velocities than previously thought, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS
April 1, 2016

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Ralph-Escanaba-Menominee region.

USGS science for a changing world logo
March 31, 2016

A new study suggests that the degraded breakdown products of oil-spill contaminants in groundwater could be just as important to monitor as the original contamination itself.

Helicopter in flight with the VTEM Plus AEM system from Geotech Ltd. attached underneath.
March 29, 2016

Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

USGS science for a changing world logo
March 14, 2016

A new, interactive tool can help managers make critical water-quality decisions in the Red River Basin of the United States and Canada.

Visualize Your Water EPA logo
January 13, 2016

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Image: Sea Lamprey Parasitic
January 4, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone, 3kPZS, as the first ever vertebrate pheromone biopesticide in late December, 2015. Like an alluring perfume, the mating pheromone is a scent released by male sea lampreys to lure females onto nesting sites.

Image: USGS Measures Historic Flooding Across the Nation
January 4, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams in 12 states across the country. USGS is making preparations for a prolonged field effort along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as major flooding will extend well into mid-to-late January, particularly along the lower Mississippi River.

USGS
December 28, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring near-historic flooding on rivers and streams across Illinois.

USGS science for a changing world logo
December 10, 2015

Rapid predictions of harmful algal blooms, or large growths of toxin-producing bacteria in water, can help prevent recreationalists from getting sick at Ohio lakes, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

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