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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Cloudy sky
Date Published: March 23, 2017
Status: Active

Investigations and Monitoring of Mercury in Indiana

Starting in 2000, the U.S. Geological Survey partnered with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, and the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium to investigate and monitor mercury in the environment in Indiana. This web page provides a list of publications and links to statewide studies of mercury in Indiana and regional mercury...

Contacts: Martin R Risch
Window to falls
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Status: Active

Biological Response to Nutrients

Eutrophication, or excess nutrients in streams, is typically one of the top reasons that a stream is listed as impaired on the 303(d) list as part of the Clean Water Act. 

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Surface runoff flows from a cornfield in the Sugar Creek basin IN
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Status: Active

Transport and Fate of Nutrients

Eutrophication, or excess nutrients in streams, is typically one of the top reasons that a stream is listed as impaired on the 303(d) list as part of the Clean Water Act. How nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, are transported to streams and groundwater greatly affects the best management plan to keep them on fields and out of streams and groundwater. Likewise, environmental managers...

Contacts: Jeffrey Frey
Image of a glass slide and bathythermogram - examples of data types rescued.
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Status: Active

USGS Data at Risk: Expanding Legacy Data Inventory and Preservation Strategies

As one of the largest and oldest science organizations in the world, USGS has produced more than a century of earth science data, much of which is currently unavailable to the greater scientific community due to inaccessible or obsolescent media, formats, and technology. Tapping this vast wealth of “dark data” requires 1) a complete inventory of legacy data and 2) methods and tools to...

Contacts: Lance Everette, Tara M Bell, Cristiana Falvo
Tagged lamprey in a stream
Date Published: February 16, 2017
Status: Active

Survival and metamorphosis of Sea Lamprey in Lake Erie tributaries

Adult sea lamprey abundance in Lake Erie increased during the past decade, exceeding pre-control levels and causing extensive mortality on some strains of stocked lake trout (Markham 2015).  Control agents speculate that this increase may be due to an uncontrolled larval sea lamprey population in the St. Clair River because other known sources of larval sea lampreys are regularly treated with...

Contacts: Nicholas Johnson, PhD, Travis Brenden, Jessica Barber
Microbiological Monitoring Of Groundwater Used As A Source Of Drinking Water (NAWQA Cycle 3)
Date Published: November 4, 2016

Microbiological Monitoring Of Groundwater Used As A Source Of Drinking Water (NAWQA Cycle 3)

The National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) has been sampling public supply wells and domestic wells across the U.S. since 2013 for a broad suite of microbiological indicators including total coliform s , E. coli, enterococci, F-specific coliphage , somatic coliphage, and aerobic endospores. USGS scientists in Ohio and Massachusetts are collaborating on the analysis of...

Contacts: Rebecca Bushon
USGS monitoring station at Edge of Field runoff from event
Date Published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Edge Of Field And Priority Watershed (Waterville) Monitoring

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is an interagency effort that seeks to accelerate ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes by confronting threats to the region, such as nonpoint source pollution. Three Priority Watersheds have been targeted (Fox/Green Bay, Saginaw, and Maumee) and are characterized by having a high density of agricultural land use and have ecosystem impairments...

Contacts: Carrie Huitger
Cows by a stream.
Date Published: November 4, 2016

Evaluation Of Wastewater Treatments To Reduce Nutrient Transport From Land Application Of Dairy Manure

The USGS is collaborating with Bowling Green State University; The Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Northwest Agricultural Research Station; and the Village of Ottawa, Ohio to develop, optimize, field test, and document environmental benefits of a low cost dewatering treatment process for transforming dairy CAFO manure into a form that will greatly...

Contacts: Donna Francy
Evaluation of rapid viability-polymerase chain reaction (RV-PCR) for Bacillus globigii spores in water matrices
Date Published: November 4, 2016

Evaluation Of Rapid Viability-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RV-PCR) For Bacillus Globigii Spores In Water Matrices

Rapid water-quality tests for microorganisms are needed to quickly ensure that water is safe for consumption. This study will test a rapid-viability, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RV-PCR) method for the detection of Bacillus spores. The method will be tested in large-volume drinking water samples that are concentrated by ultrafiltration, as well as in water that has been disinfected...

Contacts: Rebecca Bushon
Water-quality sampling transect at Indian Fork below Atwood Dam.
Date Published: November 4, 2016

Stream Quality In Tributaries Near Shale-Gas Drilling In Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

The potential effect of drilling and hydraulic fracturing on freshwater resources is an issue that is in the news daily in Ohio and adjacent areas of the Appalachian Basin. This investigation will characterize the current (2015-16), baseline surface-water quality in the eastern part of the Muskingum River Watershed in Ohio where development of natural gas from the Utica Shale has begun and is...

Contacts: Alex Covert
Wading the Maumee River near Defiance, Ohio- Stephanie Kula is collecting water-quality sample for W. Lake Erie Basin project
Date Published: November 4, 2016
Status: Active

Nutrients And Sediment In The Western Lake Erie Basin

Sediment and nutrient runoff (nitrogen and phosphorus) from agricultural and urban land-use practices are of great concern in the Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. Excessive nutrient inputs can lead to algal blooms that deplete the oxygen available to aquatic plants and animals. The blooms may result in cyanotoxins or cause taste and odor problems to public water supplies.

Contacts: Donna Runkle
St. Francis Apartments in Cincinnati
Date Published: November 4, 2016

Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) Monitoring Near Cincinnati And Cleveland

Green infrastructure (GI) is a retrofit or as-built approach to managing stormwater as near its source as possible by minimizing impervious surfaces and promoting more natural infiltration and evapotranspiration than is typically associated with developed areas. There are a variety of GI stormwater control measures, including rain gardens, bioretention features, and pervious pavements. At the...

Contacts: Robert Darner
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Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan
April 10, 2018

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan
April 10, 2018

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan

Fish on the lake-bottom at South Manitou Island Lake Micigan

Excitation-emission spectra from analysis of raw wastewater and stream samples
March 31, 2018

Excitation-emission spectra from raw wastewater and stream samples

Example excitation-emission spectra from analysis of raw wastewater and stream samples using a laboratory-based instrument. Differences in the response shown in these graphs illustrates differences in the optical properties of water from these two sources that can potentially be used to develop field sensors for detection of wastewater contamination in in environmental

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A USGS scientist collecting a discrete water-quality sample
March 31, 2018

A USGS scientist collecting a discrete water-quality sample

A USGS scientist collecting a discrete water-quality sample.

Dreissenid Mussels on Rocks in the Detroit River
March 27, 2018

Dreissenid Mussels on Rocks in the Detroit River

Dreissenid Mussels on Rocks in the Detroit River

Dreissenid Mussels Detroit River
March 26, 2018

Dreissenid Mussels Detroit River

Dreissenid Mussels Detroit River

Fish Detroit River
March 26, 2018

Fish Detroit River

Fish Detroit River

Little Muskego Lake sediment core mounted on sediment extrusion device
March 12, 2018

Little Muskego Lake sediment core mounted on sediment extrusion device

Little Muskego Lake, WI sediment core mounted on sediment extrusion device.

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.

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May 4, 2011

AMBLE along the lake this summer and fall and join a local community that cares about lakeshore conditions and bird health.

Door County volunteers are needed to walk parts of the Lake Michigan and Green Bay shoreline to monitor bird health and beach conditions as part of a citizen science program.

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April 26, 2011

The National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council has issued a new report in which independent experts conclude that current USGS estimates for significant earthquake hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone—affecting eight central and eastern U.S states—are based on sound science.

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April 25, 2011

Widespread moderate and isolated major flooding is occurring within the southern portion of Indiana.  Most impacted include the Lost River basin in Orange County, along the Patoka River near Princeton, the East Fork of the White River from Seymour to Shoals, the Wabash River below Vincennes, and along the lowest reaches of the White River in the southern third of Indiana at this time.

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February 23, 2011

An invasive species, the spiny water flea, is likely a primary driver of changes in Lake Huron’s food web over the past decade, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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December 15, 2010

Madison, Wisconsin—Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research.

USGS
November 17, 2010

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
November 16, 2010

Mercury contamination in water and fish throughout Indiana has routinely exceeded levels recommended to protect people and wildlife. About 1 in 8 fish samples tested statewide had mercury that exceeded the recommended safety limit for human consumption. The causes include mercury in the rain and mercury going down the drain, according to a recently released federal study. 

USGS
November 1, 2010

Endocrine disrupting chemicals were identified in all of the 11 Minnesota lakes studied by the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Cloud State University and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

USGS
October 29, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI—Sea lamprey control is a “dirty job,” one that TV star Mike Rowe will take on during an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s popular program Dirty Jobs.  The segment will first air on November 2, 2010 at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

USGS
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.

USGS
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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