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, in real time, 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.

Contacts: Laurel Woodruff
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:

  • 2019 Ordovician Point Pleasant Formation and Utica Shale (FS 2019-3044)
  • 2019
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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...

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.

 

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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; 

Field of Phragmites
September 21, 2018

Field of Phragmites

Field of Phragmites near Cedar Point, Ohio.

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide Two
September 19, 2018

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide 1

ECCC Robot Assisted Vision Slide Two

Treating Phragmites in the Laboratory
September 19, 2018

Treating Phragmites in the Laboratory

The untreated non-native Phragmites plant (left) appears healthy; the organically treated plants (right) appear dead.

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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.

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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.

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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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November 21, 2013

Rapid, highly accurate water-quality predictions can help better prevent recreationalists from getting sick at Great Lakes beaches, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

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November 13, 2013

Newly designed US Topo maps for Ohio, featuring the Public Land Survey System, are now available online for free download

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October 23, 2013

Contamination from commercial products such as nonstick cookware and stain repellents could reduce the reproduction of tree swallows nesting in Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

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August 13, 2013

Just in time for late summer recreation, the newly released US Topo maps for Wisconsin feature the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. 

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July 30, 2013

Newly designed maps covering Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are now available online for free download

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June 17, 2013

Near real-time river water-quality forecasts for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) in northeastern Ohio are now available online.

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