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: September 15, 2016

Testing Of A Model For Predicting Recreational Water Quality Of The Cuyahoga River in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Based On Real-time Turbidity And Streamflow Data

Water-quality concerns have long limited recreational use of the Cuyahoga River within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Park managers would like to promote the use of the river when conditions are appropriate, but the time required to obtain bacteria concentrations is too long to adequately assess the water quality and inform the public of a potential health risk—traditional bacteria-culture...

Contacts: Amie M Brady
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Completed

Support Of Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) Activities Through Coordination, Data Collection, Data Dissemination, And Data Interpretation

This project manages USGS Lake Erie LaMP (Lakewide Management Plan) activities. These activities include quarterly conference calls on USGS-related activities; attending semiannual LaMP Workgroup meetings; collection of monitoring metadata from Federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)...

Contacts: Daniel Button
Date published: September 15, 2016

Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) Monitoring, Griggs Reservoir In Columbus

Increased stormwater runoff and associated problems, including increased pollution and flooding, have led to engineered attempts to return urban areas to a more natural water cycle. The USGS, in cooperation with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Columbus, is collecting hydrologic data to determine the effectiveness of recently installed rain gardens near Griggs...

Contacts: Robert Darner
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Crest-Stage Streamgage Network In Ohio

Historically, streams with drainage areas less than 100 square miles have not been adequately represented in regional peak flow analysis. To help fill this data gap, crest-stage gages were installed in 2001 at 18 sites throughout Ohio in order to augment the peak flow record for small streams (less than 100 square miles). After enough peak flow data have been collected at these sites, an...

Contacts: Branden Vonins
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Lake Erie (LERI) NAWQA Surface Water Status And Trends

The Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair (LERI) Basins in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania 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...

Contacts: Dennis Finnegan
Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Of Groundwater Levels And Surface-Water Quality At The South Well Field, Franklin County, Ohio

The City of Columbus operates 5 high-capacity collector wells to extract groundwater for drinking-water supply. To assist the City, the USGS monitors water levels in 5 observation wells and operates a water-quality monitor on the Scioto River where specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity are measured on an hourly basis. In addition, groundwater-level synoptic...

Date published: September 15, 2016
Status: Active

Long-term Water-level Monitoring Network, Geauga County, Ohio

Residents of Geauga County rely almost exclusively on groundwater as their source of drinking water. County planners are concerned that steady population growth and associated increased withdrawals of groundwater may cause a decline in groundwater levels. Declining groundwater levels indicate a decrease in the amount of groundwater that is available for human use and to maintain streamflow...

Contacts: Martha Jagucki
Date published: September 15, 2016

NAWQA - Regional Stream-Quality Assessment Field Data Management

The Regional Stream-Quality Assessment (RSQA) of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) assesses the ecological stressors in various regions across the United States. The stressors are related to water quality, streamflow, and toxicity. Field data management ensures a clean, complete dataset for interpretation and analysis with no loss of samples or data.  

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Contacts: Daniel Button
Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana Volunteer Groundwater Monitoring Network

The USGS Indiana Water Science Center, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, have developed a quality assured volunteer groundwater data collection system to enhance the existing groundwater-level network for the state and provide usable data to the public. Individuals interested in providing data to the Indiana Volunteer groundwater monitoring network can find more...

Contacts: David C Lampe
Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana-Kentucky Climate Response Network

Do you recall the drought of 2012? Precipitation deficits during July 2012 were widespread. Morse Reservoir was a prominent sight that was highly visible in the news. Photos showed million dollar mansions with boats stranded on the lakebed. This drought took many by surprise, however, there were hydrologic signs during 2011. Events like this (and California) have brought some welcome attention...

Date published: August 12, 2016
Status: Archived

Potential Toxicity of Multiple Metals Associated with PGE Deposits

Water quality and aquatic life standards that are set by Federal and state regulatory agencies are used to evaluate the quality of our nation’s water and the health of aquatic ecosystems. These standards currently are based on hardness of the water and are determined for single metals, not for mixtures of metals that are typically found in natural systems. Metal mixtures can potentially be...

Date published: August 12, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana Discrete Measurement Groundwater Networks

Discrete groundwater measurements are made at 159 wells located in Lake, Hamilton, and St. Joseph Counties. 

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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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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.

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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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June 10, 2010

You may see someone taking measurements and collecting water samples four days a week at some of Ohio’s inland lake beaches this summer.

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June 3, 2010

You may see someone taking measurements and collecting water samples at Grand Lake St. Mary’s beaches this summer.

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May 27, 2010

This summer, boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects in Lawrence Lake and Shell Horn area of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River.

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May 17, 2010

Observers along Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach might notice the water has turned bright red-orange. It is all part of a scientific study to see how Lake Michigan’s waters move along the beach.

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November 9, 2009

Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in "Corn Belt" rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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November 5, 2009

Recent streamflow measurements show that the Red River in Fargo is flowing at the highest level ever for the month of November. The Red in Fargo was flowing at a rate of 8040 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Nov. 4 making it the highest steamflow recorded for the month of November since measurements were started in the year 1901, according to water scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

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November 4, 2009

Greater sage-grouse populations have declined substantially in many areas in the West, though populations in some locations remain relatively stable, according to a comprehensive publication written by federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. The population assessment is one of numerous sage-grouse topics covered in the 24 chapters released today.

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