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 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: 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...

    Date published: December 19, 2017
    Status: Active

    Using continuous water-quality measurements and discrete data to identify the drivers of HABs in lakes and tailwaters In Kentucky and Indiana

    In September 2015, Kentucky Water Science Center scientists, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), began investigations on two Kentucky lakes and tailwaters. Continuous water quality is collected at both lake and tailwater sites and gage height is monitored at the tailwater sites.

     

    Date published: November 15, 2017
    Status: Active

    Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

    The USGS collaborates with local, state, federal, tribal, university, and industry partners to conduct the science necessary to understand the causes and effects of toxic HABs and inform water management and public health decisions. USGS is characterizing the life cycle of HABs, their asociated toxins, and the genes responsible for cyanotoxin production. This work is enhancing the ability of...

    Contacts: Jon Hortness
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    US Congressman Dan Kildee with GLSC employees next to R/V Arcticus
    October 14, 2018

    US Congressman Dan Kildee with GLSC employees next to R/V Arcticus

    US Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), third from left, and his Senior Legislative Assistant Jordan Dickinson, third from right, visit the science and vessel crew of the USGS research vessel Arcticus. Jill Wingifield of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, second from right, also joined the two-hour cruise.

    US Congressman Dan Kildee with USGS personnel aboard the R/V Arcticus
    October 14, 2018

    US Congressman Dan Kildee with USGS personnel aboard the R/V Arcticus

    US Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and his Senior Legislative Assistant Jordan Dickinson experience Great Lakes fisheries research first hand aboard the USGS research vessel Arcticus.

    October 9, 2018

    Playing with a Crayfish Before Sampling

    Close up of crayfish next to center pivot. When crayfish swims away, then a diver can be seen next to the center pivot attaching the line for the dive camera transects.
     

    Two single-frequency ADVMs mounted to Durand bridge
    October 9, 2018

    Two single-frequency ADVMs mounted to Durand bridge

    Two single-frequency ADVMs mounted to Durand bridge.

    Maumee River Watershed
    September 28, 2018

    Maumee River Watershed

    The Maumee River Watershed with Areas of Concern

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    June 23, 2014

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

    USGS science for a changing world logo
    June 19, 2014

    U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on the Big Sioux River and its tributaries in South Dakota.

    USGS science for a changing world logo
    June 3, 2014

    Methylmercury contamination is decreasing in some lakes in northern Minnesota as a result of reduced mercury pollution, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study published today.

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    May 22, 2014

    Scientists have extracted DNA from fish eggs found in northern sections of the Upper Mississippi River and have determined that the eggs and larvae are not from Asian carp.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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