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: January 26, 2019
Status: Active

Flood hazards in Wisconsin

A summary of USGS resources and data related to flooding hazards in Wisconsin.

Date published: January 24, 2019
Status: Active

Flood frequency in Wisconsin

Flood-frequency estimates are required at many sites for bridge and culvert design, as well as for flood-plain management and flood-insurance studies. To estimate flood frequency at ungaged locations, a network of approximately 90 crest-stage gages and more than 200 past and current continuous-record gages are used to compute regional flood-frequency equations to estimate floods at ungaged...

Contacts: John F Walker
Date published: January 23, 2019
Status: Active

Avian Botulism in Distressed Great Lakes Environments

Botulism outbreaks occur within the Great Lakes and often result in significant bird die offs. It is believed that Clostridium botulinum is the reason for these die offs and the trophic pathways that this organism travels are of interest to understanding its place within the food web. The GLRI Avian Botulism Project is investigating six different matrices: sediment, Cladophora, invertebrates,...

Contacts: Natasha Isaacs
Date published: January 23, 2019
Status: Completed

June 2008 floods in southern Wisconsin

In June 2008, heavy rain caused severe flooding across southern Wisconsin. Record gage heights and streamflows occurred at 21 U.S. Geological Survey streamgages across southern Wisconsin from June 7 to June 21.

Date published: January 21, 2019
Status: Completed

Ground water in the Great Lakes Basin: the case of southeastern Wisconsin

This project addresses questions that affect the management of groundwater in the Great Lakes basin, such as the behavior of and control by groundwater divides, the seepage and discharge of natural groundwater flows, and the effects of groundwater pumping on discharge and recharge. A case study that examines groundwater flow in and adjacent to Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin is...

Date published: January 20, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) is a newly renovated laboratory space operated by the USGS Michigan Water Science Center in Lansing, MI. The laboratory is staffed by two Ph.D. level microbiologists and five M.S. level microbiologists with a combined 70 years of experience in microbiology and water resources research. The USGS MI-BaRL...

Date published: January 19, 2019
Status: Active

Evaluating the risks of airborne pathogens from manure irrigation

Manure irrigation, which is the application of liquid animal manure by irrigation, is increasing. However, the risk of airborne pathogen transmission from manure to humans during spray irrigation is not well-understood. To determine how pathogens can spread using manure irrigation, LIDE measured air concentrations and risk of illness due to exposure to pathogens in the irrigation spray.

Contacts: Joel P Stokdyk, Mark Borchardt, Tucker Burch
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Cincinnati Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Cincinnati Arch Province (5066) :

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Iowa Shelf Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Iowa Shelf Province (5052).

     

    Date published: December 7, 2018
    Status: Active

    Superior Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessment of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Superior Province 5051.

      Date published: November 30, 2018
      Status: Active

      Illinois Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the  Illinois Basin Province 5064.

        Date published: November 30, 2018
        Status: Active

        Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the U.S. portion of the  Michigan Basin 5063.

           

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          Smelt Closeup
          March 28, 2019

          A Smelt Closeup

          Closeup view of a Smelt (Osmerus mordax)

          Ohio River at Ironton, OH
          March 26, 2019

          Ohio River at Ironton, OH

          Ohio River at Ironton - super gage installation. The gage is located in the upper part of the tower shown in the background.

          A storm drain that periodically discharges urban runoff
          February 28, 2019

          A storm drain that periodically discharges urban runoff

          A storm drain that periodically discharges urban runoff, potentially carrying sediment and pollutants, into Oak Creek at 15th Avenue near a USGS gage.

          2019 GLB NOSB 1st Place Winner Troy High School
          February 2, 2019

          2019 GLB NOSB 1st Place Winner Troy High School

          2019 GLB NOSB 1st Place Winner Troy High School.

          Aerial view of multibeam survey of Chippewa Dunes
          December 31, 2018

          Chippewa Dunes Multibeam Survey - downstream of Durand bridge

          Chippewa Dunes Multibeam Survey downstream of Durand bridge.

          Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana
          December 31, 2018

          Confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana

          Front cover for the publication titled "Geochemistry and microbiology of groundwater and solids from extraction and monitoring wells and their relation to well efficiency at a Federally operated confined disposal facility, East Chicago, Indiana"

          Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) sitting in parking lot
          December 13, 2018

          The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Ready to Deploy

          The underwater autonomous vehicle sitting in a parking lot before being deployed.

          Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in a swimming pool
          December 10, 2018

          The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in testing

          This is the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Here, it is being tested in a hotel swimming pool.

          GLSC Greenhouse
          November 30, 2018

          GLSC Greenhouse

          GLSC’s Aaron DeVries and Mckenzie Smith, left, discuss innovative controls for invasive Phragmites australis in GLSC’s greenhouse facility.

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          Image: Pallid Sturgeon
          July 30, 2015

          Three tiny fish larvae that were captured by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in May 2014 have just been confirmed to be pallid sturgeon. These new genetic identifications add to mounting evidence that critically endangered pallid sturgeon spawned successfully in the Lower Missouri River downstream of Gavins Point Dam, South Dakota.

          USGS
          July 15, 2015

          The drainage of small wetlands can decrease wildlife habitat and may contribute to flooding in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

          USGS
          June 29, 2015

          Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

          USGS
          June 17, 2015

          U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on rivers and streams across northern Indiana today.

          Image: Ordovician Fracking Sand
          May 27, 2015

          Newly released research from the U.S. Geological Survey describes U.S. hydraulic fracturing (frac) sand deposits and their locations, and provides estimates of frac sand production, consumption, and reserves. A companion map of producing and potential frac sand and resin-coated sand source units in the conterminous U.S. is also included.

          Screenshot of digital flood inundation map
          May 19, 2015

          New flood inundation maps and an updated flood warning system can help Marietta, Ohio, and other communities along the Lower Muskingum River and Ohio River prepare and plan for floods.

          collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
          May 13, 2015

          New research can help water resource managers quantify critical groundwater resources and assess the sustainability of long-term water use in Minnesota.

          USGS science for a changing world logo
          May 6, 2015

          If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Erie, there would be enough food available for these species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

          USGS science for a changing world logo
          April 16, 2015

          The likelihood of Asian carp eggs being kept in suspension and hatching in the St. Joseph River in Michigan has been further evaluated using a model that examines a range of multiple flow and water temperature scenarios. Results illustrate the highest percentage of Asian carp eggs at risk of hatching occurs when the streamflow is low and when the water temperature is high.

          USGS
          April 9, 2015

          New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.

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