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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Lake Erie (LERI) NAWQA Surface Water Status and Trends: Ecology
Date Published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - NAWQA - Cycle 3

The goal of microbiological monitoring in NAWQA Cycle 3 is to determine the occurrence and distribution of indicators and pathogens in public and domestic groundwater supplies.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

photo of the OWML lab
Date Published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Analytical Services

The Ohio Water Microbiology Laboratory (OWML) offers a wide-range of sample analyses, media, and other microbiological supplies for USGS Water Science Centers across the nation.  Analyses include quantification of standard bacterial indicators and other bacteria in water or sediment, and quantification or detection of coliphage in water.  Other analyses can be performed at the OWML, but...

Contacts: Rebecca Bushon
photo of the OWML lab
Date Published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - About Us

The MI-OH Water Microbiology Laboratories provide microbiological data of public-health significance from surface waters, ground waters, and sediments for a variety of study objectives.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

photo of the OWML lab
Date Published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Laboratory Capabilities

Indicator bacteria are routinely measured by means of membrane-filtration or liquid broth most-probable number techniques. Find out more about the analytical methods used for standard bacterial indicators.

 

LINKS: Back to MIOH Microbiology Homepage

photo of the OWML lab
Date Published: May 12, 2017

Ohio Microbiology Program - Home

The U.S. Geological Survey MI-OH Water Science Center Microbiology Laboratories in Lansing, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio address water-related public-health concerns across the Nation using traditional and cutting-edge analytical approaches. The laboratories work with government agencies, academic institution, and regional and local partners to study the processes and anthropogenic influences...

Asian carp captured on the Wabash River
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Status: Active

Correlating seasonal trends and occupancy of bigheaded carp eDNA to land use and stream characteristics

The results of this study will advance our understanding of environmental DNA (eDNA) and how eDNA signatures change as fish behavior changes over the course of the open water season.  This will further develop eDNA as an easy sampling method to collect information about invading populations or cryptic species that are difficult to capture so that resource managers can be given better...

UMESC Scientist Jon Amberg analyzes fish tissue
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Status: Active

Use of antimycin-microparticles and alfalfa to control Grass Carp Ctenopharyngodon idella

Since their introduction in the 1960’s, grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) have spread across the North American continent as far north as the U.S./Canadian border in the Great Lakes. Grass carp are an herbivorous species and can significantly reduce the amount of macrophytes and other plant material in a body of water. Subsequently, this can lead to many detrimental effects for...

Contacts: Jon Amberg
Screenshot of the Indiana streamstats web site
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Low-Flow Statistics for Indiana Streams

Indiana and Kentucky scientists have produced new low-flow statistics for Indiana streams, specifically for 7-day, 10-year low flow (7Q10); 30-day, 10-year low flow (30Q10); 1-day, 10-year low flow (1Q10); and harmonic mean streamflow. The low-flow statistics are critical for the state of Indiana to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program,...

Image: Bighead Carp
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Invasive Carp

Adult bighead, silver, and hybrid carp are invavsive species of fish that spread quickly once they are established in a water body. These carp damage habitat and reduce water-quality for native fish. Invasive carp have been confirmed within the Wabash River basin for at least 15 years. Scientists and natural resource managers are extremely concerned about the carp migrating to the Great Lakes...

IN-KY scientists on a boat electrofishing
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Status: Active

Ecological Monitoring

Scientists research biology, botany, microbiology, habitat, climate, water quality, and other fields to achieve a comprehensive view of ecosystems and their health. Ecosystems can be easily stressed by human activities, climate change, sediment, nutrients, contaminants, and many other variables. Ecosystem monitoring is critical to ecosystem health and answers important questions about the...

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Soybean field near Massac Creek, Kentucky
Date Published: March 23, 2017
Status: Active

Pesticides

About 1 billion pounds of conventional pesticides are used each year in the United States to control weeds, insects, and other pests. The use of pesticides has resulted in a range of benefits, including increased food production and reduction of insect-borne disease, but also raises questions about possible adverse effects on the environment, including water quality. The...

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June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

June 1, 2018

PAMF Participation Cycle (Audio-Described)

This video describes the annual participation cycle for those enrolled in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). PAMF encompasses three annual steps including enrolling, monitoring and managing. As participants employ management actions and submit monitoring reports they will receive management guidance generated by the PAMF model, which provides the most

Sunset on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park
May 31, 2018

Sunset on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park

Sunset on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park.

White River at Hazelton IN - downstream view of channel
May 22, 2018

White River at Hazelton IN - downstream view of channel

White River at Hazelton IN - downstream view of channel

Red River at Oslo, MN (Streamgage 05083500)
April 25, 2018

Red River at Oslo, MN (Streamgage 05083500)

USGS Hydrologic Technician Dan Thomas preparing to measure discharge using an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP) with a manned boat on the Red River at Oslo, MN (streamgage 05083500) on April 25, 2018. The ADCP measures water currents with sound, using a principle of sound waves called the Doppler effect. The ADCP works by transmitting "pings" of sound at a constant

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View of bedload sample
April 25, 2018

Bedload sample collected from the Durand bridge

Bedload sample collected from the Durand bridge.

View of Durand Bridge and sampling crew from boat
April 22, 2018

View of Durand Bridge and sampling crew from boat

View of Durand Bridge and sampling crew from boat during multibeam bathymetry survey.

Indiana River
April 16, 2018

Scientist at Indiana River

Scientist at Indiana River collecting samples

Crayfish, Detroit River
April 10, 2018

Crayfish, Detroit River

Crayfish, Detroit River

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USGS
February 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have, for the first time, demonstrated how aquifer composition can affect how excessive levels of phosphorous (an essential nutrient contained in fertilizers) can be carried from fertilized agricultural fields via groundwater to streams and waterways. 

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February 3, 2012

A new series of seismic hazard maps that outline the effects from quakes occurring in the Evansville, Ind., area will be unveiled by the U.S. Geological Survey and local and regional partners. These earthquake hazard maps are critical tools for business leaders, city planners, emergency management and homeowners since the area is at risk from both the New Madrid and the Wabash Valley seismic zones

USGS
January 12, 2012

Lake Erie and its largest tributaries are suitable habitats for invasive Asian carps to reproduce and mature, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS
January 3, 2012

Porter, IN – Water quality information collected by local officials may provide increased beach access while minimizing swimming-related illnesses from harmful bacteria, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.  

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December 1, 2011

More than 280 million acre-feet of groundwater has been withdrawn from the Mississippi embayment aquifer system between 1870-2007, according to a new water modeling tool developed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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November 14, 2011

A harmless red dye will temporarily discolor the Des Plaines River near Lemont, Ill., for scientific research purposes starting on Nov. 15.

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November 2, 2011

Dr. Douglas H. Johnson, U.S. Geological Survey scientist, was elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) at its 129th Stated Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., in recognition of his significant contributions to the scientific study of birds. The award is the highest level of individual recognition by the oldest and largest ornithological society in the western hemisphere.

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October 17, 2011

The U.S. Geological Survey will celebrate the newest addition to its fleet of large research vessels in a traditional champagne-breaking ceremony at the Sandusky Yacht Club on Wednesday.  v

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September 8, 2011

Loon migratory movements from current and previous studies using satellite transmitters can be followed online at the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) website.

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August 23, 2011

The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

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July 28, 2011

Note:  This study has been postponed due to high water levels on the Des Plaines River. It will be rescheduled within the next few months.

A harmless red dye will temporarily discolor the Des Plaines River near Lemont, Ill., for scientific research purposes starting on Aug. 2.

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June 21, 2011

Wisconsin farmers can help protect water quality by timing their field activities to avoid weather and soil conditions that often lead to runoff, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Wisconsin, and other partners.

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