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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Date published: November 4, 2016

Using New Tools To Better Understand And Predict Harmful Cyanobacterial Algal blooms (HABs) At Ohio Lake Erie And Inland Beaches

In Ohio, local health officials and state agencies have identified the presence toxins associated with harmful algal blooms (HABs) caused by cyanobacteria during the summer and early fall seasons at recreational and water-supply lakes. The USGS, in cooperation with partner organizations, is monitoring recreational beaches and swimming areas in Ohio to better understand the link between...

Contacts: Donna Francy
Date published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Biodegradation Of Microcystins In Lake Erie Source Waters And Filters From Drinking-Water Plants

Harmful cyanobacterial “algal” blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major global water-quality issue.  In Lake Erie, researchers and local health officials have identified the presence of cyanobacterial blooms during the summer and early fall seasons. This is especially pronounced in the Lake Erie Western Basin, where the City of Toledo was forced to issue a do-...

Date published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Low-Flow Streamgage Network In Ohio

Data on low-flow characteristics are used by water-resource managers for a variety of purposes, including water-supply planning, making decisions about wastewater-discharge and water-withdrawal permits, and evaluating instream-flow requirements. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center collects low-flow data throughout Ohio to expand the base of available information. The Ohio low-flow...

Contacts: Joel Metzker
Date published: November 4, 2016

White, Great, and Little Miami River (WHMI) NAWQA Groundwater Status And Trends

The White, Great, and Little Miami River (WHMI) Basins  in Indiana and Ohio comprise one of more than 50 study units that are part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of the NAWQA program are to describe the water-quality status and trends in a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater resources and to provide a sound...

Contacts: Mary Ann Thomas
Date published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Ohio StreamGage Network

Our mission is provide the best quality stage and discharge information to our customers. The stage data along with discrete measurements are used to develop stage-discharge relationships thus inferring discharge.

Contacts: Thomas Harris
Date published: September 28, 2016
Status: Active

NWQP (National Water Quality Program) Surface Water Monitoring And Assessment

The long-term goals of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) and National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN) programs are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large representative part of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater...

Contacts: David Reutter
Date published: September 28, 2016

Microbial Source Tracking

The USGS Water Microbiology Laboratory in Columbus has been working with numerous agencies and USGS Water Science Centers to analyze water samples for microbial source tracking (MST) markers using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method. Results from MST analyses help to characterize the effects of various sources of fecal contamination in a watershed. Currently, water samples...

Date published: September 28, 2016

Long-term Water Quality Samples On Hellbranch Run

Water-quality samples have been collected near the mouth of Hellbranch Run since 1992. The data can be used to assess the long-term temporal changes of water quality associated with urban development around the City of Columbus.

Contacts: John Tertuliani
Date published: September 28, 2016
Status: Active

Sediment Network In Ohio

Hellbranch Run is a second order stream tributary to Big Darby Creek. Big Darby Creek was designated a “National Scenic River” in 1994 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Beginning in 1992, concern about the possible effects of urbanization on water quality in Hellbranch Run (and ultimately Big Darby Creek) prompted the USGS, in cooperation with the City of Columbus, Ohio, to begin...

Contacts: John Tertuliani
Date published: September 28, 2016

Water Quality Monitor Network In Ohio

Stream water-quality characteristics provide scientists and water managers with a better understanding of the effects of natural and anthropogenic (human) activities on streams and ecosystems. The USGS operates a network of near-real-time water-quality monitoring stations that provide data for temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity of surface water; the data are...

Date published: September 19, 2016
Status: Active

Flowmeter Evaluation and Application

Borehole flowmeters with the capability to measure groundwater velocity and direction of flow are tested and applied to various hydrogeologic settings.

Contacts: Randall Bayless
Date published: September 16, 2016
Status: Active

Glacial Aquifer System - Hydrogeologic Properties

Water-well drillers’ records are used to create maps and grids of hydrogeologic properties for the glaciated United States.

Contacts: Randall Bayless
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Dreissenid Mussels on Rocks in the Detroit River
March 27, 2018

Dreissenid Mussels on Rocks in the Detroit River

Dreissenid Mussels on Rocks in the Detroit River

Dreissenid Mussels Detroit River
March 26, 2018

Dreissenid Mussels Detroit River

Dreissenid Mussels Detroit River

Fish Detroit River
March 26, 2018

Fish Detroit River

Fish Detroit River

Little Muskego Lake sediment core mounted on sediment extrusion device
March 12, 2018

Little Muskego Lake sediment core mounted on sediment extrusion device

Little Muskego Lake, WI sediment core mounted on sediment extrusion device.

USGS scientist inspects three sediment cores from Lake Mendota, WI.
March 9, 2018

USGS scientist inspects three sediment cores from Lake Mendota, WI.

USGS scientist inspects three sediment cores from Lake Mendota, WI prior to sediment extrusion.

Lake sediment slice Lake Mendota
February 22, 2018

Lake sediment slice Lake Mendota

0.50 cm section of lake sediment from Lake Mendota, WI.

Field Sampling Lake Mendota
February 6, 2018

Field Sampling Lake Mendota

USGS scientists prepare to sample lake bed sediment on Lake Mendota, WI.

January 30, 2018

Landsat in Action - Minnesota Lakes with Leif Olmanson

Leif Olmanson from the University of Minnesota talks about the value of Landsat data in monitoring the thousands of lakes in Minnesota.
 

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May 4, 2011

AMBLE along the lake this summer and fall and join a local community that cares about lakeshore conditions and bird health.

Door County volunteers are needed to walk parts of the Lake Michigan and Green Bay shoreline to monitor bird health and beach conditions as part of a citizen science program.

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April 26, 2011

The National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council has issued a new report in which independent experts conclude that current USGS estimates for significant earthquake hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone—affecting eight central and eastern U.S states—are based on sound science.

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April 25, 2011

Widespread moderate and isolated major flooding is occurring within the southern portion of Indiana.  Most impacted include the Lost River basin in Orange County, along the Patoka River near Princeton, the East Fork of the White River from Seymour to Shoals, the Wabash River below Vincennes, and along the lowest reaches of the White River in the southern third of Indiana at this time.

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February 23, 2011

An invasive species, the spiny water flea, is likely a primary driver of changes in Lake Huron’s food web over the past decade, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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December 15, 2010

Madison, Wisconsin—Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research.

USGS
November 17, 2010

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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November 16, 2010

Mercury contamination in water and fish throughout Indiana has routinely exceeded levels recommended to protect people and wildlife. About 1 in 8 fish samples tested statewide had mercury that exceeded the recommended safety limit for human consumption. The causes include mercury in the rain and mercury going down the drain, according to a recently released federal study. 

USGS
November 1, 2010

Endocrine disrupting chemicals were identified in all of the 11 Minnesota lakes studied by the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Cloud State University and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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October 29, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI—Sea lamprey control is a “dirty job,” one that TV star Mike Rowe will take on during an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s popular program Dirty Jobs.  The segment will first air on November 2, 2010 at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

USGS
September 1, 2010

The use of salt to deice pavement can leave urban streams toxic to aquatic life, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study on the influence of winter runoff in northern U.S. cities, with a special focus on eastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee.

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July 20, 2010

Tagged Birds Will Shed Light on How Avian Botulism is Transmitted — Ten common loons are now sporting satellite transmitters so researchers can study the migratory movements and feeding patterns of these remarkable fish-eating waterbirds as they migrate through the Great Lakes toward their winter homes farther south.

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June 29, 2010

You may see someone taking measurements and collecting water samples at Buck Creek State Park beaches this summer.

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