Welcome from the Director
Welcome to the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center!
If you enjoy recreational activities on water, are interested in information about your drinking water supplies, or manage or regulate water resources, these webpages are for you!
What we do. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the Nation's largest water, earth, biological science, and civilian mapping agency. The Wisconsin Water Science Center is based in Middleton, Wisconsin. We carry out our activities from offices in Middleton, Rice Lake, and Rhinelander and from many field locations throughout the State.
Our staff. The Wisconsin Water Science Center staff is composed of professional scientists, technicians, and support personnel who are committed to providing accurate and timely natural-resource information to Wisconsin and the Nation. The collection, analysis, and interpretation of water data is done in cooperation with other Federal, State, and local agencies, universities, and research centers.
Our projects. Our investigations can provide data to those who solve practical water problems, such as:
- providing flood warnings and drought forecasts;
- developing and protect water-supply sources;
- evaluating the effects of human actions on water quantity and quality;
- studying and modeling contaminants in our water resources;
- determining the impacts of climate change;
- designing and operating reservoirs, bridges, dams, levees, and floodways;
- characterizing aquifer, stream, lake, and wetland functions.
Read our Capabilities Summary
Get assistance. Should the information you seek not be available through this website, please contact us. We will connect you to the Wisconsin Water Science Center area specialist who can best answer your question. You can also visit our main office in Middleton or contact us by email.