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Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web
page for the water resources of Michigan; this is your direct link to
all kinds of water information. Here you'll find
information on Michigan's streams, ground water, water quality, and many other
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.
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.
What we're doing...
Genes indicative of zoonotic and swine pathogens are persistent in stream water and sediment following a swine manure spill
Manure spills to streams are relatively frequent, but no studies have characterized stream contamination with zoonotic and veterinary pathogens, or fecal chemicals, following a spill. We tested stream water and sediment over 25 days and downstream for 7.6 km for: fecal indicator bacteria (FIB); the fecal indicator chemicals cholesterol and coprostanol; 20 genes for zoonotic and swine-specific bacterial pathogens by presence/absence polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for viable cells; one swine-specific E. coli toxin gene (STII) by quantitative PCR (qPCR); and nine human and animal viruses by qPCR, or reverse-transcriptase qPCR. Twelve days post-spill, and 4.2 km downstream, water concentrations of FIB, cholesterol, and coprostanol were 1-2 orders of magnitude greater than those detected before, or above, the spill, and genes indicating viable zoonotic or swine-infectious Escherichia coli, were detected in water or sediment. STII increased from undetectable before, or above the spill, to 105 copies/100 mL water 12 days post-spill. Thirteen of 14 water (8/9 sediment) samples had viable STII-carrying cells post-spill. Eighteen days post-spill porcine adenovirus and teschovirus were detected 5.6 km downstream. Sediment FIB concentrations (per gram wet weight) were greater than in water, and sediment was a continuous reservoir of genes and chemicals post-spill. Constituent concentrations were much lower, and detections less frequent, in a runoff event (200 days post-spill) following manure application, although the swine-associated STII and stx2e genes were detected. Manure spills are an underappreciated pathway for livestock-derived contaminants to enter streams, with persistent environmental outcomes, and the potential for human and veterinary health consequences.
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.
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