• Lago Toa Vaca
    A Green Innovation in Puerto Rico

    There isn’t a lake in Puerto Rico that doesn’t sit behind a dam. Since 1913, this land of no natural lakes has been stopping up rivers to store water to generate electricity, irrigate crops and supply 65...

  • Zebra mussels
    USGS monitoring zebra mussels in North Texas reservoirs

    Three years after zebra mussels were first confirmed in North Texas, a U.S. Geological Survey monitoring program is keeping tabs on the population to help prevent the pipe-clogging invaders from disrupting drinking water supplies, according to a...

  • Citizen Lake Awareness and Monitoring volunteers
    Volunteer monitors are watchdogs for Ohio lakes

    In May 2009, Grand Lake St. Marys, a lake in western Ohio constructed in the mid-1800s to store water for the Miami-Erie Canal, experienced an outbreak of algae that made lake-goers think twice before taking a dip.

  • Box corer sediment sampler in Lake Huron aboard the R/V Lake Guardian, July 2012. Credit: NOAA.
    Extensive Lake Huron study sets stage for seasonal monitoring

    A five-project study is providing Great Lakes researchers the ability to understand the ecology of Lake Huron to help manage water quality and fisheries in the lake.

  • EPA to fund Great Lakes biological monitoring program

    Citing recent drastic changes in the makeup of the Great Lakes ecosystem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications for a five-year, $4-million biological monitoring program for the Great Lakes. The program will continue the open-water...

  • Lake Lillinonah buoy supplies data for researchers, credibility for advocates

    Lake Lillinonah has a garbage problem. The lake sits behind a dam on the Housatonic River and is the first large reservoir encountered by debris that washes into the river upstream. The lake, Connecticut’s second largest, acts...

  • Continent-wide environmental observing network breaks ground

    With recent groundbreaking ceremonies in Florida and Massachusetts, the National Ecological Observatory Network marked the beginning of construction at two of its 62 planned sites for monitoring environmental change across North America. The National Science Foundation-funded, non-profit...

  • Robotic water survey planned for Chicago’s Lake Michigan coast

    The U.S. Geological Survey and Chicago Park District this summer will survey water quality along 26 miles of the Lake Michigan coastline, according to National Water Monitoring News. The survey is planned for July and will collect...

  • Observation post: GVSU buoy observatory

    Most observatories examine the distant sky. But on Michigan’s Muskegon Lake, an observatory looks under the water. Launched in the spring of 2011 by Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, the Muskegon Lake Observatory project is...

  • NOAA considers expansion to Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay sanctuary

    After years of local support, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will consider expanding Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.