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Michigan Water Science Center

Laboratory Information:

Michigan Water Science Center
6520 Mercantile Way
Suite 5
Lansing, MI 48911-5991
Phone: 517-887-8903
Fax: 517-887-8937
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Agency/Department: Dept. of Interior
Region: Midwest

Background/History of the Laboratory:

Since 1900 the USGS has provided water-resources data and information about Michigan. Historical information about streamflow, ground-water levels, and water quality provide a baseline to assess the effects of human activities and natural changes, such as climate, on water resources. Nearly every question asked about water resources in Michigan requires information from long-term monitoring networks. USGS products provide policy makers, managers, scientists, and the general public with information needed to understand and make sound decisions regarding Michigan's natural resources.

Today the Michigan Water Science Center continues to run monitoring networks and conduct scientific assessments and research of Michigan's water resources. The Science Center employs a highly trained staff of hydrologists and hydrologic technicians who have education and expertise in the fields of geology, engineering, hydrogeology, statistics, biology, microbiology, chemistry, and geography. The Science Center has about 45 people in its Lansing Science Center Offices, 6 in its Grayling Field Office, and 7 in its Escanaba Field Office.

Mission of the Laboratory:

The USGS has four disciplines. Geography is best known for providing topographic maps used by hikers and others. The Geology is best known for assessing the Nation's energy and mineral resources and for research and monitoring related to earthquakes and volcanoes. Biology is best known in Michigan for extensive research and monitoring in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Science Center, located in Ann Arbor, works closely with local, state, federal, and binational agencies to provide critical biological information for the Great Lakes. The Water Discipline is best known for its national streamflow monitoring program, extensive mapping of the nation's ground- water resources, and a national water-quality monitoring and assessment program. The Michigan Water Science Center, with our main office in Lansing and field offices in Grayling and Escanaba, is part of the Water Discipline.