Columbia Environmental Research Center

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Since 1966, CERC scientists have published over 2000 peer reviewed articles and reports. Browse our publications below or search CERC's publications by author or title through the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2020

Characterization of pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) spawning habitat in the Lower Missouri River

Acipenseriformes (sturgeons and paddlefish) globally have declined throughout their range due to river fragmentation, habitat loss, overfishing, and degradation of water quality. In North America, pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) populations have experienced poor to no recruitment, or substantial levels of hybridization with the closely...

Elliott, Caroline M.; Delonay, Aaron J.; Chojnacki, Kimberly; Jacobson, Robert B.

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Acute toxicity and clotting times of anticoagulant rodenticides to red-toothed (Odonus niger) and black (Melichthys niger) triggerfish, fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)

Anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) areused in rateradication efforts on island wildlife refuges. ARbait pellets can get into coralreefareasduring broadcasting and leadto exposure ofnon-target organisms, such as marine fishes. The objective of this study was to determine the sensitivity of representative saltwater fishes, Red-toothed triggerfish (Odonus...

Riegerix, Rachelle; Tanner, Mike; Gale, Robert W.; Tillitt, Donald E.

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Influence of remediation on sediment toxicity within the Grand Calumet River, Indiana, USA

The Grand Calumet River (GCR), located in northern Indiana, is contaminated due to a wide range of historical industrial activities. This study was conducted to determine the influence of sediment remediation within the GCR on concentrations of chemical contaminants and toxicity to sediment-dwelling organisms. Between 2005 and 2016, sediments with...

Steevens, Jeffery; Besser, John M.; Dorman, Rebecca A.; Sparks, Daniel W.

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Recent evaluation of corbicula form D distribution in the Midwest, U.S.A

The genus Corbicula contains one of the most common and successful aquatic invasive species to North America. Prior to 2015 two predominant species of Corbicula were known from the United States—C. fluminea and C. largillierti, referred to as Forms A and B, respectively. Form A has spread throughout most of the U.S.,...

Douglass, Sarah; Reasor, Emily; Tiemann, Jeremy S.; Stodola, Alison; McMurray, Stephen E.; Poulton, Barry C.

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Pulsed flow-through auto-feeding beaker systems for the laboratory culture of juvenile freshwater mussels

Newly metamorphosed freshwater mussels are small and delicate, so that captive laboratory culture presents challenges for handling; for maintenance of suitable microhabitat, water quality, and food; and for avoidance of competitors and predators. To address these challenges, a new pulsed flow-through auto-feeding beaker system was developed for...

Kunz, James L.; Brunson, Eric; Barnhart, M. Christopher; Glidewell, Elizabeth A.; Wang, Ning; Ingersoll, Christopher G.

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Copper concentrations in the upper Columbia River as a limiting factor in White Sturgeon recruitment and recovery

Currently there is little natural recruitment of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the Upper Columbia River located in British Columbia, Canada and Washington, USA. This review of life history, physiology, and behavior of white sturgeon, along with data from recent toxicological studies, suggest that trace metals, especially Cu, affect...

Puglis, Holly J.; Farag, Aida; Mebane, Christopher A.

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Semiautomated process for enumeration of fishes from recreational-grade side-scan sonar imagery

The use of hydroacoustic techniques is increasing as scientists search for less invasive ways to monitor fish populations, and using recreational side‐scan sonar (SSS) imagery for monitoring has become more common in aquatic resource management over the last 15 years due in part to its low cost and user‐friendly interface. The time‐consuming...

Lawson, Katelyn M; Ridgway, Josey Lee; Mueller, Andrew T.; Faulkner, Jacob D.; Calfee, Robin D.

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An experimental evaluation of the feasibility of inferring concentrations of a visible tracer dye from remotely sensed data in turbid rivers

The movement of contaminants and biota within river channels is influenced by the flow field via various processes of dispersion. Understanding and modeling of these processes thus can facilitate applications ranging from the prediction of travel times for spills of toxic materials to the simulation of larval drift for endangered species of fish...

Legleiter, Carl J.; Paul Manley; Erwin, Susannah O.; Bulliner, Edward A.

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Deposition potential and flow-response dynamics of emergent sandbars in a braided river

Sandbars are ubiquitous in sandy‐braided rivers throughout the world. In the Great Plains of the United States, recovery and expansion of emergent sandbar habitat (ESH) has been a priority in lowland rivers where the natural extent of sandbars has been degraded. Recovery efforts are aimed at protection of populations of the interior least tern (...

Alexander, Jason S.; McElroy, Brandon; Huzurbazar, Snehalata; Elliott, Caroline M.; Murr, Marissa L.

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Could a freshwater fish be at the root of dystrophic crises in a coastal lagoon?

Eutrophication has a profound impact on ecosystems worldwide. Grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella, an herbivorous fish, has been introduced to control aquatic plant overgrowth caused by eutrophication, but could have other, potentially detrimental, effects. We used the Po di Volano basin (south of the Po River delta, northern Italy) as a test...

Milardi, Marco; Soana, Elisa; Chapman, Duane C.; Fano, Elisa Anna; Castaldelli, Giuseppe

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A hydrogeomorphic classification of connectivity of large rivers of the Upper Midwest, United States

River connectivity is defined as the water-mediated exchange of matter, energy, and biota between different elements of the riverine landscape. Connectivity is an especially important concept in large-river corridors (channel plus floodplain ) because large rivers integrate fluxes of water, sediment, nutrients, contaminants, and other transported...

Jacobson, Robert B.; Rohweder, Jason J.; De Jager, Nathan R.
Jacobson, R.B., Rohweder, J.J., and DeJager, N.R., 2019, A hydrogeomorphic classification of connectivity of large rivers of the Upper Midwest, United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5132, 55 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195132.

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Influence of turbulence and in-stream structures on the transport and survival of grass carp eggs and larvae at various developmental stages

Understanding the response of grass carp to flow and turbulence regimes during early life stages is fundamental to monitoring and controlling their spread. A comprehensive set of hydrodynamic experiments was conducted with live grass carp eggs and larvae, to better understand their drifting and swimming patterns with 3 different in-stream...

Prada, Andres F.; George, Amy E.; Stahlschmidt, Benjamin H.; Jackson, P. Ryan; Chapman, Duane C.; Tinoco, Rafael O.