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Water Quality and Hydrology of Silver Lake, Oceana County, Michigan, with Emphasis on Lake Response to Nutrient Loading, 2012–14
In this report, the USGS Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center and Annis Water Resources Institute scientists analyzed water-quality data that indicate Silver Lake’s algal blooms and lake eutrophication are colimited by both phosphorus and nitrogen. The data collected as part of this study were used to model future nutrient loading and eutrophication scenarios using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers BATHTUB model, which indicates the installation of a sewer system may eliminate the largest phosphorus load and thus improve the trophic status of Silver Lake. The work, conducted in cooperation with the Silver Lake Improvement Board, provides the tools for future resource planning of Silver Lake.
Flood-inundation maps for Grand River, Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek near Lansing, Michigan
Flooding in the greater Lansing area along the Grand River, the Red Cedar River, and Sycamore Creek has the potential to endanger lives and property. The USGS, in cooperation with the City of Lansing and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has developed a series of maps that show estimates of the areal extent and depth of flooding corresponding to selected water levels (stages) at three separate streamgages. The report and related flood-inundation maps can be accessed here.
Flood Inundaton Mapper
These maps, used in conjunction with real-time USGS streamgage data and NWS forecasting, provide critical information to emergency management personnel and the public. This information is used to plan flood response actions, such as evacuations and road closures, as well as aid in postflood recovery efforts.
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New Real-Time Sites in Michigan announced
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a network of real-time monitoring stations located along many waterways in Michigan. These stations automatically collect data every 15-60 minutes and collect different data like stage, streamflow, precipitation, and water-quality data. Water-quality real-time data can include temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. The data are stored onsite at the remote monitoring station and transmitted to USGS offices every 1-4 hours.
Our most recently added real-time sites are:
Real-time sites that were relocated due to road construction or stream conditions are:
In addition, automatic samplers are collecting nutrient samples at 04144032 Threemile Creek at Prior Road near Durand, 04167150 Middle River Rouge at Dearborn Heights, and 04168400 Lower River Rouge at Dearborn.
Michigan Bacteriological Research Laboratory
The USGS Michigan Water Science Center Bacteriological Research Laboratory (MI-BaRL) in Lansing, MI provides a variety of modern analytical approaches to understand bacteriological contamination and microbial ecology in diverse aquatic environments. The MI-BaRL laboratory has examined beach microbiology, the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in surface water, and the occurrence of microbial pathogens in surface water, ground water, and in drinking water supplies. In addition, several studies conducted in the MI-BaRL have examined the ecology of microbial communities in different settings, including sulfur rich springs, arsenic and hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater, and wastewater-contaminated surface and groundwater.