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Welcome to the USGS in Oregon. Our mission is to explore the natural world around us and provide reliable scientific information to help Federal, State, and local agencies, Tribes, and the public make well-informed decisions. Our research is widely used to manage Oregon's water resources for the benefit and safety of people and the environment. 

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Current Stream Conditions

Current Stream Conditions

See what is happening in streams near you. View real-time stream data for streams around Oregon.

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Weekly Science Seminar

Weekly Science Seminar

Our lunchtime "brownbag" seminars are held Tuesdays from 12pm to 1 pm and are open to the public.

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News

Date published: November 13, 2018

Post-Wildfire Playbook

New post-wildfire resource guide now available to help communities cope with flood and debris flow danger.

Date published: September 20, 2018

Lunchtime Seminar Series (Fall 2018)

Our lunchtime "brownbag" seminars are held Tuesdays from 12pm to 1 pm PT. The science lectures are held at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center at 2130 SW 5th Avenue in Portland, OR. The presentations are informal and are open to the public. Please, bring your lunch.

Date published: July 24, 2018

Preparing for the Dirty Jobs - HAZWOPER

Preparation is key, especially when it comes to hazard spill response. A select few USGS staff train in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) each year.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Prioritization framework for ranking riverine ecosystem stressors using example sites from the Tualatin River Basin, Oregon

As human populations increase, so does their influence over the environment. Altered terrain, degraded water quality, and threatened or endangered species are all-too-common consequences of a growing anthropogenic influence on the landscape. To help manage these effects, researchers have developed new ways to characterize current environmental...

Sobieszczyk, Steven; Jones, Krista L.; Rounds, Stewart A.; Nilsen, Elena B.; Morace, Jennifer L.
Sobieszczyk, S., Jones, K.L., Rounds, S.A., Nilsen, E.B., and Morace, J.L., 2018, Prioritization framework for ranking riverine ecosystem stressors using example sites from the Tualatin River Basin, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5153, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185153.

Year Published: 2018

Modeling hydrodynamics, water temperature, and water quality in Klamath Straits Drain, Oregon and California, 2012–15

Executive SummaryLocated southwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Klamath Straits Drain is a 10.1-mile-long canal that conveys water uphill and northward through the use of pumps before discharging to the Klamath River. Klamath Straits Drain traverses an area that historically encompassed Lower Klamath Lake. Currently, the Drain receives water from...

Sullivan, Annett B.; Rounds, Stewart A.
Sullivan, A.B., and Rounds, S.A., 2018, Modeling hydrodynamics, water temperature, and water quality in Klamath Straits Drain, Oregon and California, 2012–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5134, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185134.

Year Published: 2018

Water temperature in tributaries, off-channel features, and main channel of the lower Willamette River, northwestern Oregon, summers 2016 and 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey collected continuous water-temperature data in select tributaries of the lowermost 80 kilometers (50 miles) of the Willamette River in northwestern Oregon, during summers 2016 and 2017. Point measurements of water temperature and water quality (dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, and pH) also were collected at...

Mangano, Joseph F.; Piatt, David R.; Jones, Krista L.; Rounds, Stewart A.
Mangano, J.F., Piatt, D.R., Jones, K.L, and Rounds, S.A., 2018, Water temperature in tributaries, off-channel features, and main channel of the lower Willamette River, northwestern Oregon, summers 2016 and 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1184, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181184.