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

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News

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Statement

The USGS Oregon Water Science Center is open and operational.

Date published: January 6, 2020

Lunchtime Seminar Series (Winter 2020)

Our lunchtime 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 (unless otherwise noted). The presentations are informal and are open to the public. Please, bring your lunch.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Benthic vertical hydraulic gradients in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2017

Groundwater piezometers and lake stilling wells were deployed as paired sets at 10 locations in Upper Klamath Lake in south-central Oregon from May to October 2017 to measure hydraulic heads in and beneath the lake. Continuous water-level data from piezometers and stilling wells were then used to calculate the vertical hydraulic gradient (VHG)...

Corson-Dosch, Nicholas
Corson-Dosch, N.T., 2020, Benthic vertical hydraulic gradients in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5029, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205029.

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Evaluation of restoration alternatives using hydraulic models of lake outflow at Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge, northwestern Oregon

Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge near the city of Gaston in northwestern Oregon was established in 2013, and planning is underway to restore a more natural lake and wetland system after more than 100 years of agricultural activity on the lakebed. Several water-management and restoration alternatives are under consideration, one of which...

Rounds, Stewart A.; Pilson, Stephen L.; Sullivan, Annett B.; Stonewall, Adam J.
Rounds, S.A., Pilson, S.L., Sullivan, A.B., and Stonewall, A.J., 2020, Evaluation of restoration alternatives using hydraulic models of lake outflow at Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge, northwestern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5014, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205014.

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Evaluation of restoration alternatives using water-budget tools for the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge, northwestern Oregon

The lakebed in Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in northwestern Oregon was farmed for decades prior to the establishment of the refuge in 2013. Planning for restoration of these lands required extensive data collection and construction of a water budget and tools to design and evaluate potential restoration strategies. The U.S....

Rounds, Stewart A.; Freed, T. Zach; Snyder, Daniel T.; Smith, Cassandra D.; Doyle, Micelis C.; Holmes, Erin; Mykut, Curt; Mayer, Tim; Stockenberg, Erin; Pilson, Stephen L.
Rounds, S.A., Freed, T.Z., Snyder, D.T., Smith, C.D., Doyle, M.C., Holmes, E., Mykut, C., Mayer, T., Stockenberg, E., and Pilson, S.L., 2020, Evaluation of restoration alternatives using water-budget tools for the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge, northwestern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5013, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205013.