Michigan Water Science Center
CURRENT CONDITIONSCurrent streamflow conditions in Michigan.
Detailed streamflow map.
USGS in Your State
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
Predicting Water Clarity Overview
Lake Water-Clarity Assessment for Michigan Inland Lakes
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), has been monitoring the quality of inland lakes in Michigan through the Lake Water Quality Assessment monitoring program. This program is funded through the Michigan Clean Michigan Initiative, and the USGS Cooperative Program. However, only a portion of Michigan's inland lakes can be conventionally sampled each year. A technique was developed by USGS, modeled after Olmanson and others (2001), to predict water clarity and corresponding trophic state index (TSI) values based on the Carlson's Trophic State Index (TSI) in inland lakes greater than 20 acres using satellite remote sensing data.
Remote Sensing - Reports/Fact Sheets
Downloadable Data - MetaData
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Data is available for download in shapefile format with metadata:
Precited Trophic State index based on Secchi-disk transparency
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Remote Sensing - Links
Remote Sensing of Water Resources — University of Minnesotahttp://water.umn.edu/index.html
LakeSat.org — Mapping Lake Clarity: About the Maphttp://www.lakesat.org/maptext1.php
LakeSat.org — Lake Water Clarity Monitoring and Analysis With Satellite Remote Sensing at the University of Wisconsin-Madisonhttp://www.lakesat.org/
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources — Self-Help Citizen Lake Monitoring Networkhttp://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/CLMN/
Michigan Surface Water Information Management System (MiSWIMS)