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

Filter Total Items: 213
Date published: January 27, 2019
Status: Active

Streamflow monitoring in Wisconsin

Streamflow data are needed at many sites on a daily basis for forecasting flow conditions and flooding, water-management decisions, assessing water availability, managing water quality, and meeting legal requirements. The USGS has been measuring streamflow in Wisconsin since 1906 with nearly 1,000 active and discontinued gages.

Date published: January 26, 2019
Status: Active

Flood hazards in Wisconsin

A summary of USGS resources and data related to flooding hazards in Wisconsin.

Date published: January 24, 2019
Status: Active

Flood frequency in Wisconsin

Flood-frequency estimates are required at many sites for bridge and culvert design, as well as for flood-plain management and flood-insurance studies. To estimate flood frequency at ungaged locations, a network of approximately 90 crest-stage gages and more than 200 past and current continuous-record gages are used to compute regional flood-frequency equations to estimate floods at ungaged...

Contacts: John F Walker
Date published: January 23, 2019
Status: Active

Avian Botulism in Distressed Great Lakes Environments

Botulism outbreaks occur within the Great Lakes and often result in significant bird die offs. It is believed that Clostridium botulinum is the reason for these die offs and the trophic pathways that this organism travels are of interest to understanding its place within the food web. The GLRI Avian Botulism Project is investigating six different matrices: sediment, Cladophora, invertebrates,...

Contacts: Natasha Isaacs
Date published: January 23, 2019
Status: Completed

June 2008 floods in southern Wisconsin

In June 2008, heavy rain caused severe flooding across southern Wisconsin. Record gage heights and streamflows occurred at 21 U.S. Geological Survey streamgages across southern Wisconsin from June 7 to June 21.

Date published: January 21, 2019
Status: Completed

Ground water in the Great Lakes Basin: the case of southeastern Wisconsin

This project addresses questions that affect the management of groundwater in the Great Lakes basin, such as the behavior of and control by groundwater divides, the seepage and discharge of natural groundwater flows, and the effects of groundwater pumping on discharge and recharge. A case study that examines groundwater flow in and adjacent to Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin is...

Date published: January 20, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) is a newly renovated laboratory space operated by the USGS Michigan Water Science Center in Lansing, MI. The laboratory is staffed by two Ph.D. level microbiologists and five M.S. level microbiologists with a combined 70 years of experience in microbiology and water resources research. The USGS MI-BaRL...

Date published: January 19, 2019
Status: Active

Evaluating the risks of airborne pathogens from manure irrigation

Manure irrigation, which is the application of liquid animal manure by irrigation, is increasing. However, the risk of airborne pathogen transmission from manure to humans during spray irrigation is not well-understood. To determine how pathogens can spread using manure irrigation, LIDE measured air concentrations and risk of illness due to exposure to pathogens in the irrigation spray.

Contacts: Joel P Stokdyk, Mark Borchardt, Tucker Burch
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Cincinnati Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Cincinnati Arch Province (5066) :

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Iowa Shelf Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Iowa Shelf Province (5052):

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Superior Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessment of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Superior Province 5051:

Date published: November 30, 2018
Status: Active

Illinois Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the  Illinois Basin Province 5064:

Filter Total Items: 543
Aerial view of multibeam survey of Chippewa Dunes
December 31, 2018

Chippewa Dunes Multibeam Survey - downstream of Durand bridge

Chippewa Dunes Multibeam Survey downstream of Durand bridge.

Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana
December 31, 2018

Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana

Front cover for the publication titled "Geochemistry and microbiology of groundwater and solids from extraction and monitoring wells and their relation to well efficiency at a Federally operated confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana"

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) sitting in parking lot
December 13, 2018

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Ready to Deploy

The underwater autonomous vehicle sitting in a parking lot before being deployed.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in a swimming pool
December 10, 2018

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in testing

This is the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Here, it is being tested in a hotel swimming pool.

GLSC Greenhouse
November 30, 2018

GLSC Greenhouse

GLSC’s Aaron DeVries and Mckenzie Smith, left, discuss innovative controls for invasive Phragmites australis in GLSC’s greenhouse facility.

The GLSC Aquatic Laboratory
November 29, 2018

The GLSC Aquatic Laboratory

Dr. Wendy Stott (GLSC) discusses the science carried out in the Ann Arbor aquatic research laboratory.

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair
November 29, 2018

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair

Phragmites australis on the Shore of Lake St. Clair, 2015

Moffett Award Presented to Yu-Chun Kao
November 14, 2018

Moffett Award Presented to Yu-Chun Kao

GLSC Director Russ Strach presents the 2018 GLSC Moffett Award to lead author Yu-Chun Kao for his 2017 paper, Evaluating Stocking Efficacy in an Ecosystem Undergoing Oligotrophication, with GLSC coauthors Mark Rogers and David “Bo” Bunnell.

USGS Columbus, Ohio office
November 14, 2018

USGS Columbus, Ohio office

The USGS Ohio Water Science Center located in Colubumbus, Ohio. The OH WSC is part of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana WSC.

October 31, 2018

10 frame 3D reconstruction

Digital 3D reconstruction of lake bottom using 10 photo frames taken by the dive camera system. This reconstruction allows us to gain more insight about the lake bottom since elevation has been added to the photographs.
 

October 31, 2018

50 frame 3D reconstruction

Digital 3D reconstruction of lake bottom using 50 photo frames taken by the dive camera system. This example shows an arc since the sampling transect is a circle. This reconstruction allows us to gain more insight about the lake bottom since elevation has been added to the photographs.
 

Filter Total Items: 255
collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
March 3, 2015

While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production and U.S. supplies are likely secure, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields. According to a recent USGS global assessment of potash resources, the costs of importing potash long distances can limit its use and imports are subject to supply disruptions.

USGS
January 9, 2015

A year after the January 9, 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River that affected the drinking water of 300,000 Charleston area residents, scientists continue to provide new information to increase understanding of the chemicals in the spill and how they traveled through the water system.  

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

Image: Ready for Action
December 15, 2014

Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

USGS
November 24, 2014

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

Image: Tagged Common Loon
November 20, 2014

As freezing air swept into the Upper Midwest this past week, juvenile common loons took a cue from the weather and began their migrations to the warm Gulf of Mexico. 

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
October 21, 2014

A new partnership will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on the quality of our Nation's water.  Working together, USDA's NRCS and DOI's USGS will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.

map illustration showing the North Country National Scenic Trail through various northern U.S. States.
September 4, 2014

Newly released US Topo maps for Michigan now feature segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Several of the 1,290 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trail along with other improved data layers.

USGS science for a changing world logo
July 8, 2014

A significant number of urban water wells in Minnesota — over a third of those studied — contain chemicals from consumer and industrial products, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

USGS
June 25, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

USGS science for a changing world logo
June 23, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring significant flooding on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Filter Total Items: 375