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: July 15, 2016
Status: Active

National Atmospheric Deposition Program National Trends Network

The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a 40-year old organization of federal, state, local, academic, tribal, and private entities who support operation of 5 national monitoring networks. Kentucky and Indiana operate 3 National Trends Network (NTN) sites as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP).  Monitoring for NTN is consistent, standardized, high quality,...

Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Litterfall Mercury Monitoring Network

Litterfall is leaves, needles, flowers, fruit, and debris found on the forest floor.  Litterfall sampling can be an effective tool for monitoring elements like Mercury. Mercury in litterfall is primarily from the atmosphere and contributes to the higher amounts of mercury dry deposition that accumulates in forested areas compared to non-forested areas.

INKY scientists collect litterfall...

Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Indiana National Water-Quality Assessment Project

Staff have been sampling Sugar Creek at New Palestine and the White River at Hazleton heavily since the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) pilot study in 1991. We have collected 26 years of nutrient, pesticide, major ions, and sediment data at these sites.  Our intensive data collection is critical to the science...

Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Evaluating Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Scientists are assessing the impacts of contaminants of emerging concern on Great Lakes fish, wildlife, and water quality by collecting and analyzing samples from tributaries to the Great Lakes.

Date published: July 14, 2016

Great Lakes Tributary Monitoring

IN-KY scientists collect monthly chemical/suspended sediment and flow data as part of the Great Lakes Tributary Monitoring program. As part of the Great Lakes Research Initiative, the data we provide is used for long-term trends analysis.

Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Algal Biomass Lab

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Algal Biomass Laboratory processes samples for chlorophyll-a and nutrients.  The analytical data for chlorophyll-a and pheophytin provided by USGS [periphyton samples collected by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)] are used by IDEM for water quality assessment and nutrient management planning.

Contacts: Aubrey Bunch
Date published: July 14, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Large Rivers in Kentucky

Water Science Center scientists monitor several rivers in Kentucky as part of the USGS National Water-Quality Program (NWQP). As part of the NWQP program , USGS scientists from across the country are determine the status and trends of loads and concentrations of contaminants, nutrients, and sediment in the Nation’s large...

Contacts: Angela Crain
Date published: July 13, 2016
Status: Active

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis and Modeling

USGS scientists can perform numerical simulations with the FLOW-3D application. FLOW-3D is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package with multi-physics modules. It solves the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes and continuity equations in a structured, rectangular grid. USGS scientists use CFD models to design equipment (such as the...

Date published: July 13, 2016
Status: Active

Bathymetric Surveys

Bathymetric surveys allow us to measure the depth of a water body as well as map the underwater features of a water body.  Multiple methods can be used for bathymetric surveys including multi-beam and single-beam surveys, ADCPs, sub-bottom profilers, and the Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. We use bathymetric surveys for many different types of research including flood inundation,...

Contacts: Justin Boldt, Zachary Martin
Date published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV)

Scientists are using the Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to collect imagery, bathymetry, and basic water-quality parameters. The Ecomapper provides a innovative visualization of data.

Date published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Advanced Mapping Technologies

USGS is developing new and innovative ways to map the world around us. 

Contacts: Justin Boldt, Jeremiah Lant
Date published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center has become a regional leader in using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, for mapping and hazards analysis.

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Ice rings on trees
January 17, 2018

Ice rings on tree on Auglaize River

This picture was taken January 16 by Hydro Tech Tim Nicholson as he was assessing site conditions for a discharge measurement, which he determined was unsafe to make. 04191500 Auglaize River near Defiance

Sampling Groundwater at Michigan Cemetery
December 31, 2017

Groundwater Sampling at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Michigan

Is this cemetery haunted? Probably not, but there could be tiny things moving beyond the grave. The USGS sampled groundwater downhill of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan, to find out if materials associated with decomposition and burial processes could affect groundwater quality near a cemetery. More science is needed to answer that question, but the preliminary

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Monarch on Joe Pyeweed plant
December 31, 2017

Monarch on Joe Pyeweed plant

Monarch butterfly on a Joe Pyeweed plant.

Monarch on hairy puccoon
December 31, 2017

Monarch on hairy puccoon

A monarch butterfly on a hairy puccoon plant.

Phragmites rhizome
December 31, 2017

Phragmites rhizome

Phragmites rhizome, or a belowground stem that puts up new shoots, dug up in a coastal marsh of Lake Erie in northern Ohio. Phragmites' belowground biomass can exceed that of its aboveground biomass. 

Frog liver with SPI
December 31, 2017

Frog liver with SPI

This photomicrograph shows a liver of a frog with a severe Perkinsea infection.

USGS scientist collecting samples of aquatic species from the Pike River, Wis., for later analysis of mercury contamination
December 31, 2017

USGS scientist collecting samples of aquatic species from Pike River

USGS scientist collecting samples of aquatic species from the Pike River, Wis., for later analysis of mercury contamination

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USGS
December 2, 2008

That morning cup of coffee, the medicines we take, the soaps and shampoos we use, household cleaners, pesticides and a host of chemicals.... What do they have in common?  They all eventually end up in the environment. 

USGS
September 12, 2008

Recent research has revealed that beach sand contains high concentrations of E. coli and other fecal indicator bacteria, often greatly exceeding the concentration in beach water.  Further, there is evidence that beach closings due to elevated fecal indicator bacteria may be linked to these sand populations.

USGS
September 2, 2008

Scientists have discovered that certain chemicals may be useful in slowing the spread of the round goby, an invasive fish species that is threatening parts of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. When released near the bottom of a river or lake, two fish pesticides are effective in controlling this bottom-dwelling invader, particularly where dissolved oxygen is low, while leaving native species

USGS
July 23, 2008

The response of ecosystems to climate change, invasive species, the decline of pollinators, and the success of citizen science are among the topics U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists will discuss with other scientists, educators, and policy makers from around the world at the 93rd annual Ecological Society of America meeting, Aug 3-8, at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. 

USGS
May 19, 2008

Concerns about water quality at beaches along the Great Lakes have prompted the need to better understand when waters are safe for recreation. A new collaborative project is aimed at improving information for beach managers when they are faced with deciding whether to close beaches to protect public health. 

USGS
April 21, 2008

Friday's magnitude-5.2 earthquake in southern Illinois is a reminder that earthquakes are a national hazard.

USGS
April 18, 2008

Today's early morning earthquake that jolted many in the central U.S. is a reminder that seismic events do occur in areas not normally thought of as "earthquake country."

USGS
March 4, 2008

Wisconsin relies heavily on its groundwater—97 percent of communities in the state and nearly 1 million additional residents with private wells use groundwater for their daily needs.

USGS
January 29, 2008

Nine states in the Mississippi River Basin contribute the majority of nutrients to the Northern Gulf of Mexico, threatening the economic and ecological health of one of the nation's largest and most productive fisheries.

USGS
January 24, 2008

The overabundance of nutrients in the Gulf has resulted in a zone of low dissolved oxygen, or hypoxia, which can cause stress and death in bottom-dwelling organisms, threatening the economic and ecological health of the one of the nation's most productive fisheries.

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