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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: 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.

Date published: June 25, 2018

USGS Trains Klamath Tribal Community on Sediment Sampling

USGS hydrologists provide training to environmental program staff from five tribes along the lower Klamath River on how to sample for suspended sediment.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Temporal and spatial monitoring of cyanobacterial blooms at Willow Creek Reservoir, North-Central Oregon

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) investigated the spatial and temporal dynamics of cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms in Willow Creek Reservoir in north-central Oregon in 2015–16. A combination of cameras and water-quality monitoring equipment was used to assess the frequency and duration of blooms...

Smith, Cassandra D.
Smith, C.D., 2018, Temporal and spatial monitoring of cyanobacterial blooms at Willow Creek Reservoir, north-central Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5083, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185083.

Year Published: 2018

Nutrient loads in the Lost River and Klamath River Basins, south-central Oregon and northern California, March 2012–March 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation collected water-quality data from March 2012 to March 2015 at locations in the Lost River and Klamath River Basins, Oregon, in an effort to characterize water quality and compute a nutrient budget for the Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Reclamation Project. The study described in this report...

Schenk, Liam N.; Stewart, Marc A.; Caldwell Eldridge, Sara L.
Schenk, L.N., Stewart, M.A., and Eldridge, S.L.C., 2018, Nutrient loads in the Lost River and Klamath River Basins, south-central Oregon and northern California, March 2012–March 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5075, 55 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185075.

Year Published: 2018

Klamath River Basin water-quality data

The Klamath River Basin stretches from the mountains and inland basins of south-central Oregon and northern California to the Pacific Ocean, spanning multiple climatic regions and encompassing a variety of ecosystems. Water quantity and water quality are important topics in the basin, because water is a critical resource for farming and municipal...

Sobieszczyk, Steven; Smith, Cassandra D.; Rounds, Stewart A.; Orzol, Leonard L.
Smith, C.D., Rounds, S.A., and Orzol, L.L., 2018, Klamath River Basin water-quality data: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3031, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183031.