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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 Spring Seminar Series remains on Tuesdays (12pm), but will be at Portland State campus at Fifth Avenue Cinema building, 510 SW Hall St.

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News

clackamas river
May 8, 2018

Hydrologist Kurt Carpenter speaks to the WIllamette River Toxics Reduction Steering Committee at the Oregon Department of Envrionmental Quality about USGS Clackamas MS4 Pesticide Study.

cableway
April 30, 2018

This week a significant number of the Oregon Water Science Center staff will travel to Camp Rilea to learn or refresh their hydrological skills.

piezometer
April 24, 2018

Hydrologist Nicholas Corson-Dosch will be talking May 2nd at the Klamath Basin Monitoring Program meeting at the Karuk Community Center in Yreka, CA. The title of the talk is "Vertical Hydraulic Gradient at the Sediment-Water Interface in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2017."

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Aligning environmental management with ecosystem resilience: a First Foods example from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, USA

The concept of “reciprocity” between humans and other biota arises from the creation belief of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The concept acknowledges a moral and practical obligation for humans and biota to care for and sustain one another, and arises from human gratitude and reverence for the contributions...

Quaempts, Eric J; Jones, Krista; O'Daniel, Scott J.; Beechie, Timothy J.; Poole, Geoffrey C.
Quaempts, E. J., K. L. Jones, S. J. O'Daniel, T. J. Beechie, and G. C. Poole. 2018. Aligning environmental management with ecosystem resilience: a First Foods example from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, USA. Ecology and Society 23(2):29. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10080-230229

Year Published: 2018

A metabolism-based whole lake eutrophication model to estimate the magnitude and time scales of the effects of restoration in Upper Klamath Lake, south-central Oregon

A whole lake eutrophication (WLE) model approach for phosphorus and cyanobacterial biomass in Upper Klamath Lake, south-central Oregon, is presented here. The model is a successor to a previous model developed to inform a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for phosphorus in the lake, but is based on net primary production (NPP), which can be...

Wherry, Susan A.; Wood, Tamara M.
Wherry, S.A., and Wood, T.M., 2018, A metabolism-based whole lake eutrophication model to estimate the magnitude and time scales of the effects of restoration in Upper Klamath Lake, south-central Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5042, 43 p., https:/doi.org/10.3133/sir20185042.

Year Published: 2018

Assessing roadway contributions to stormwater flows, concentrations, and loads with the StreamStats application

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other state departments of transportation need quantitative information about the percentages of different land cover categories above any given stream crossing in the state to assess and address roadway contributions to water-quality impairments and resulting total maximum daily loads. The U.S....

Stonewall, Adam; Granato, Gregory E.; Haluska, Tana L.