Wisconsin Water Science Center

Water-Quality and Lake-Stage Data for Wisconsin Lakes, Water year 2005

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1080

A report by the Wisconsin District Lakes-Studies Team - W.J. Rose (team leader), H.S. Garn, G.L. Goddard, S.B. Marsh, D.L. Olson, and D.M. Robertson

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with local and other agencies, collects data at selected lakes throughout Wisconsin. These data, accumulated over many years, provide a data base for developing an improved understanding of the water quality of lakes.  The purpose of this report is to provide information about the chemical and physical charac­teristics of Wisconsin lakes. Data that have been collected at specific lakes, and information to aid in the interpretation of those data, are included in this report. Data collected include measure­ments of in-lake water quality and lake stage. Time series graphs of Secchi depths, surface total phosphorus and chlorophyll a concentrations collected during non-frozen periods are included for all lakes. Graphs of vertical profiles of temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and specific conductance are included for sites where these parameters were measured. Descriptive infor­mation for each lake includes: location of the lake, area of the lake’s watershed, period for which data are available, revisions to previously published records, and pertinent remarks.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction
            Location of water-quality and lake-stage stations in Wisconsin
            Cooperators
Methods of data collection     
            Discontinued lake stations
Explanation of physical and chemical characteristics of lakes
Classification of lakes
References Cited
Lake data
Wisconsin Water Science Center Publications pertaining to lakes
Appendix


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