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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USGS technician monitoring a low flow in a stream while standing on a pebble island in stream in summer.
Date Published: February 9, 2019
Status: Active

Low-Flow Streamgage Network in Michigan

Data on low-flow characteristics are used by water-resources managers for a variety of purposes, including water-supply planning, making decisions about wastewater-discharge and water withdrawal permits, and evaluating in-stream flow requirements. The Michigan low-flow network currently consists of seven sites where streamflow is typically measured only during low-flow periods. In addition to...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Screenshot of the Michigan Lake Water Clarity Interactive Map Viewer
Date Published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Estimating Lake Water Clarity

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), use a technique modeled after Olmanson and others (2001) to predict water clarity and corresponding trophic state index (TSI) values based on the...

Image of a water tower
Date Published: February 2, 2019
Status: Active

Water use in Wisconsin

Water-use information is essential for managing Wisconsin's valuable water resources. This critical information includes knowing how much, where, and for what purpose water is being used. The USGS works in cooperation with local, state, and federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information, and compiles and disseminates aggregated data at the county, state, and national level....

Girls getting a glass of water at a well pump at The Tollgate House, Meridian Historical Village, Okemos, MI
Date Published: February 1, 2019
Status: Active

Water Use in Michigan

The USGS compiles water use information by State including estimated amounts, sources, and categories of use every five years since 1950. 

Illustration of Relational Chart for Microbial Ecology
Date Published: January 31, 2019
Status: Active

Microbial Ecology

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) conducts ecological studies on the structure and function of eubacterial and archeal communities in the environment. Studies of this type give us basic information about the composition and functionality of different microbial communities and allow us to investigate the effects that natural and...

Contacts: Carrie Givens
Bridge over river in late summer, trees just starting to change to fall colors.
Date Published: January 30, 2019
Status: Active

Michigan Historical NAWQA Programs

The USGS implemented the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in 1991 to develop long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, rivers, groundwater, and aquatic systems in support of national, regional, State, and local information needs and decisions related to water-quality management and policy.

Complicated groundwater drill rigs mounted on big trucks and their crew.
Date Published: January 29, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Groundwater

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. Regional and national assessments are possible because of a consistent study design and uniform methods of data collection and analysis. Monitoring data are...

USGS Hydrologist working in winter on frozen river collecting samples.
Date Published: January 28, 2019
Status: Active

NAWQA Surface Water National Fixed Network Site Status and Trends

As part of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program the USGS MIWSC operates a stream gage and routinely collects water quality samples at the Clinton River at Sterling Heights, MI. station. Water is analyzed for sediment, nutrients, major ions, and a suite of 271 different pesticides. Information obtained...

Photo of a staff gage on a Wisconsin stream
Date Published: January 27, 2019
Status: Active

Streamflow monitoring in Wisconsin

Streamflow data are needed at many sites on a daily basis for forecasting flow conditions and flooding, water-management decisions, assessing water availability, managing water quality, and meeting legal requirements. The USGS has been measuring streamflow in Wisconsin since 1906 with nearly 1,000 active and discontinued gages.

Photo of a flooded road and field near Gays Mills, Wis.
Date Published: January 26, 2019
Status: Active

Flood hazards in Wisconsin

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

Historical photo showing Wisconsin River at flood stage near Nekoosa, Wis.
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
Color Illustration of Avian Botulism transport through species
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
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Jeff Woods - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting
April 18, 2019

Jeff Woods - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting

Jeff Woods - OKI 2019 Cooperator Meeting. Jeff's presetntation was titled "Kentucky Hydrologic Network Update: Overview of OKI's streamgaging network and Kentucky's century gages".

April 16, 2019

Variable Warming Upper Midwest Lakes and Implications for Sport Fish

Climate change is predicted to alter sport fish communities in Midwestern lakes, but managers currently have limited information on individual lakes that can be used to set local expectations or intervene with mitigation strategies. Northeast and North Central CASC supported researchers, with strong participation from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership, have combined

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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.

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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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March 25, 2015

Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: USGS Great Lakes Science Center
March 11, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey awarded a $9.7 million contract to Crittenden Construction out of Alpena, Michigan, on March 5 for the construction and renovation of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center Hammond Bay Biological Station near Millersburg, Michigan. The renovation is a joint effort between the USGS and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. 

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March 3, 2015

While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production and U.S. supplies are likely secure, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields. According to a recent USGS global assessment of potash resources, the costs of importing potash long distances can limit its use and imports are subject to supply disruptions.

USGS
January 9, 2015

A year after the January 9, 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River that affected the drinking water of 300,000 Charleston area residents, scientists continue to provide new information to increase understanding of the chemicals in the spill and how they traveled through the water system.  

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