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: August 27, 2018
Status: Active

Fish Telemetry

To monitor fish movement in selected rivers, the USGS has installed near real-time receivers for fish tags. These receivers detect the presence of acoustic tags that have been surgically implanted into a variety of fish species. The tag detection data can provide information about how far fish are moving in a river system, changes in fish population distribution, and, when viewed with flow and...

Contacts: James J Duncker
Date published: August 22, 2018
Status: Completed

Completed and Archived Projects - Streamflow, Groundwater, and Lakes, CMWSC

Completed and Archived Projects - Streamflow, Groundwater, and Lakes, CMWSC

Date published: August 10, 2018
Status: Active

River WebCams for the Central Midwest Water Science Center (Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri)

We have installed webcams at a number of locations in the Central Midwest Water Science Center to allow you to view the current conditions.  Some of the cameras allow users to temporarily control the tilt, pan, and zoom.  During periods of flooding the Central Midwest Water Science Center may take control of the camera.

 

Date published: August 3, 2018
Status: Active

Synthesis of the Tectonic, Magmatic, and Metallogenic Evolution of the Midcontinent Rift System

The overall project objective is to develop a comprehensive synthesis of the tectonic, magmatic, and metallogenic evolution of the Midcontinent Rift System (MRS) through time by integrating geophysical, magmatic, and geochemical data and to create 3-D models of the rift over its evolution.

Date published: August 1, 2018
Status: Active

Wetland Forest Regeneration Dynamics and Productivity in Southeastern Cypress Swamp Ecosystems

Relict forests (i.e., forests unable to reestablish after disturbance) may develop in the southeastern U.S. in future predicted extreme climates of temperature, flooding, and drought, according to the International Panel on Climate Change.

Date published: July 23, 2018
Status: Active

BOR environmental DNA sampling for invasive mussels at USGS gages

As part of an ongoing project funded by the Bureau of Reclamation and lead by the Idaho Water Sciences Center (IDWSC) and Northern Rocky Mountain Research Center (NOROCK), the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) will analyze environmental DNA samples collected at gage stations directly downstream of multiple reservoirs throughout the Columbia River Basin. The goal of this...

Contacts: Jon Amberg
Date published: July 19, 2018
Status: Active

Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted numerous assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin, including studies of the Marcellus Shale. The region extends from Alabama to Maine. The following is an overview of the assessments.

    Date published: July 18, 2018
    Status: Active

    Real-Time Data Links

    REAL-TIME LINKS:

    Streamflow:     IA  || IL ||  MO
    Groundwater levels:   ...

    Date published: May 1, 2018
    Status: Active

    Bird Banding Laboratory

    The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

    Date published: March 15, 2018
    Status: Active

    Webinar: Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Wetland-Dependent Birds in the Prairie Pothole Region

    View this webinar to learn how scientists are projecting the impacts of climate change on birds in the Prairie Pothole Region.

    Date published: March 7, 2018
    Status: Active

    Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Groundwater Networks

    Groundwater level is monitored at numerous observation wells across Ohio,  Kentucky, and Indiana.  Data are collected...

    Date published: February 27, 2018
    Status: Active

    Using models to estimate microcystin concentrations in Ohio recreational and source waters

    Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major global water-quality issue.  In Lake Erie and inland lakes in Ohio, elevated microcystin concentrations have caused water-resource managers to issue recreational water-quality advisories, and detections of microcystin in source waters have caused drinking-water plant managers to increase...

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    Maumee River Watershed
    September 28, 2018

    Maumee River Watershed

    The Maumee River Watershed with Areas of Concern

    Algal sampling after removal of subsample
    September 27, 2018

    Algal sampling after removal of subsample

    Close-up view of defined area of a rock cobble (middle) where attached algae and other material were removed with a brush. Rocks from multiple locations at a site are composited into a single sample representing the stream site.

    Invertebrate sampling
    September 27, 2018

    Invertebrate sampling

    USGS scientist collecting one of five subsamples of aquatic invertebrates from a stream riffle by removing invertebrates from a defined area and collecting them with a Surber net. Each subsample is transferred to a bucket for compositing into a single sample for the site.

    Invertebrate sampling closeup
    September 27, 2018

    Invertebrate sampling closeup

    Close up-view of defined area of the stream bottom where attached invertebrates are removed with a brush and washed into the Surber net; where possible, a hand rake is also used to dislodge organisms from shallow depths.

    Invertebrate sampling - sieving
    September 27, 2018

    Invertebrate sampling - sieving

    After collection, invertebrates are washed through a series of sieves where large debris can be removed before being placed in the sample bottle.

    Algal sampling and removal of subsample
    September 27, 2018

    Algal sampling and removal of subsample

    USGS scientist removing attached algae from a defined surface area on one of multiple rocks collected in riffles at a stream site.

    Flow-through sensor for measurement of three different optical signals
    September 26, 2018

    Flow-through sensor for measurement of three different optical signals

    Flow-through sensor for measurement of three different optical signals.

    Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter and Tryptophan sensors
    September 25, 2018

    Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter and Tryptophan sensors

    Chromophoric (colored) Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) (left) and Tryptophan (right) sensors.

    24-bottle automatic sampler to collect water samples
    September 25, 2018

    24-bottle automatic sampler to collect water samples

    Photograph of a 24-bottle automatic sampler to collect water samples for optical properties of water and microbiological analyses.

    Ultrafilters and bottles
    September 25, 2018

    Ultrafilters and bottles

    Ultrafilters are used to concentrate pathogens from large-volume surface water samples. Plastic autoclaved bottles used for human-associated indicator bacteria analysis. Glass bottle used for DOC, simultaneous fluorescence and absorbance, and pharmaceutical compound analysis.

    Prefilter and Ultrafilter assembly from Menomonee River, WI
    September 25, 2018

    Prefilter and Ultrafilter assembly from Menomonee River, WI

    Prefilter and Ultrafilter assembly from Menomonee River at 16th St., Milwaukee, WI.

    Biologist Murulee Byappanahalli with students at the Chesterton lab
    September 24, 2018

    Biologist Murulee Byappanahalli with students at the Chesterton lab

    Murulee Byappanahalli GLSC; Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station; LMERS; Chesterton, Indiana, IN; students from Indiana University Northwest visit to learn about microbiology science and applications; outreach; 

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    Lidar image showing the upper parts of the landslide that occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014.
    May 14, 2014

    Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

    USGS
    April 16, 2014

    Great Lakes fish in the salmon family that rely on the fish “alewife” as part of their diet face a major obstacle in restoring naturally reproducing populations, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Fish and Shellfish Immunology.

    USGS science for a changing world logo
    March 20, 2014

    A new flood warning system is available to help Licking County, Ohio, better prepare and plan for floods.

    Image: Marina With Duckweed
    March 17, 2014

    High concentrations of nutrients from the Upper Mississippi River may be causing harmful algae and duckweed growth in some La Crosse-area lakes and backwaters.

    USGS science for a changing world logo
    March 11, 2014

    Asian carp eggs, including late-stage embryos nearly ready to hatch from the egg, were recently identified in samples collected by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in 2013 from the Upper Mississippi River as far north as Lynxville, Wisc.

    Digital Surface Watersheds superimposed along the U.S. and Candian International Boundary on satellite image of North America.
    February 19, 2014

    Clearer views of waters along the U.S. and Canadian border are now possible with new seamless digital maps. These maps make it easier to solve complex water issues that require a thorough understanding of drainage systems on both sides of the International Boundary.

    Map showing the National scenic trails throughout the contiguous United States
    February 12, 2014

    Newly released US Topo maps  for Washington now feature segments of thePacific Crest and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails. 

    Map showing recent earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone
    January 23, 2014

    Earthquake activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the central United States does not seem to be slowing down.  In a new study published in the journal "Science," seismologists Morgan Page and Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey investigate whether current quakes in the region could be aftershocks of large earthquakes that occurred 200 years earlier.

    USGS science for a changing world logo
    January 16, 2014

    The Huron-Erie Corridor Initiative received a 2013 Department of the Interior (DOI) Partners in Conservation award today, which is one of the highest recognitions bestowed on organizations by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

    USGS
    December 19, 2013

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior's North Central Climate Science Center is awarding slightly more than one million dollars 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.

    USGS
    December 12, 2013

    Declines of the food resources that feed lake organisms are likely causing dramatic changes in the Great Lakes, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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