Oregon Water Science Center


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 seminars are held Tuesdays from 12pm to 1 pm and are open to the public.

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Date published: September 1, 2021

USGS uses watershed modeling to assess surface-water nutrient impairment across the Pacific Northwest and California

The region-wide, reach-scale results from a new study provide two new tools that might help water-quality managers. One is an estimate of the total contribution from point and diffuse sources to the loads delivered to nutrient-impaired water bodies. The other is a method to assess potential nutrient impairment based on estimated warm-weather dissolved oxygen and pH conditions. 

Date published: June 14, 2021

USGS Releases Groundwater-Level Contour Maps for the Harney Basin, Oregon

Groundwater-level contour maps from a groundwater-availability study of the Harney Basin are now available. These results are important for understanding the status of groundwater resources in the basin and how they might respond to future demand.

Date published: June 14, 2021

PSU-USGS study improves the understanding of how pesticides are transported within Oregon coastal watersheds

The results from this study provide insights into the effectiveness of current forest management practices in controlling the transport of forest-use pesticides.


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Year Published: 2021

Historical streamflow and stage data compilation for the Lower Columbia River, Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Geological Survey mined data from a variety of national and state agencies including USGS, Oregon Water Resources Department, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington Department of Ecology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Portland State University, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A comprehensive dataset of...

Boudreau, Carrie L.; Stewart, Marc A.; Stonewall, Adam J.
Boudreau, C.L., Stewart, M.A., and Stonewall, A.J., 2021, Historical streamflow and stage data compilation for the Lower Columbia River, Pacific Northwest: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1138, 50 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201138.

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Year Published: 2021

Using regional watershed data to assess water-quality impairment in the Pacific Drainages of the United States

Two datasets containing the first complete estimates of reach-scale nutrient, water use, dissolved oxygen, and pH conditions for the Pacific drainages of the United States were created to help inform water-quality management decisions in that region. The datasets were developed using easily obtainable watershed data, most of which have not been...

Wise, Daniel R.
Wise, D.R., 2021, Using regional watershed data to assess water-quality impairment in the Pacific Drainages of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5087, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215087.

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Year Published: 2021

Groundwater, biodiversity, and the role of flow system scale

Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and species (GDEs) are found throughout watersheds at locations of groundwater discharge, yet not all GDEs are the same, nor are the groundwater systems supporting them. Groundwater moves along a variety of flow paths of different lengths and with different contributing areas, ranging from shorter local flow paths...

Aldous, Allison R; Gannett, Marshall W.