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
Status: Active

Natural Background Methane In Ohio Aquifers: Occurrence, Isotopic Characteristics, And Relation To Arsenic Concentrations

Arsenic is odorless and tasteless and can enter drinking-water supplies from natural deposits in rock and soil. In some parts of Ohio, arsenic concentrations in groundwater have exceeded the arsenic drinking-water standard of 10 parts per billion that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set to protect consumers from the effects of long-term, chronic exposure to arsenic(U.S....

Contacts: Mary Ann Thomas
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
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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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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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September 16, 2009

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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