Oregon Water Science Center


Filter Total Items: 18
Date published: February 28, 2020
Status: Active

Walla Walla Groundwater

The Issue: Within the states of Washington and Oregon, the 1,777 mi2 Walla Walla River Basin (WWRB) is a complex hydrogeologic system with long-term water-level declines in regional aquifers and insufficient instream flows required for threatened and culturally important fish populations. The public and state resource management agencies need an improved...

Date published: January 31, 2018
Status: Active

Water-Quality Modeling Group

The USGS Oregon Water Science Center water-quality modeling group develops and uses models at a range of scales, from those that focus on a specific reservoir or river reach to large-scale nutrient models of the entire Pacific Northwest.

Date published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

SPARROW Model Assessments of Nutrients and Suspended Sediment in the Pacific Northwest and California

SPARROW can be used to relate water-quality data to landscape characteristics, such as natural properties and human activities

Contacts: Daniel R Wise
Date published: December 21, 2017
Status: Active

Malheur Lake Light Transmission Study

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for a variety of highly valued ecosystem services, including shorebirds, waterfowl, and a diversity of other wildlife species. 

Contacts: Tamara Wood
Date published: December 20, 2017
Status: Active

Future Climate Effects on Columbia and Willamette River Levees

USGS research directly helps local public agencies that are responsible for the design and maintenance of the levees that surround the northern Portland metropolitan area with the goal of protecting life and property in the event of flooding from the Columbia and Willamette Rivers that surround the city.

Date published: December 20, 2017
Status: Active

Upper Klamath River Basin Forecasts

"Determining water availability in the Upper Klamath Basin has always had a degree of uncertainty as a result of the complex hydrology and geology in the region and limited streamflow data."

Contacts: John Risley
Date published: November 30, 2017
Status: Active

Effects of Highway Runoff on Water Quality

"SELDM facilitates analysis by providing precipitation, pre-storm streamflow, and other variables by region or from hydrologically similar sites."

Date published: October 11, 2017
Status: Completed

Chetco River Gravel Transport Study

In 2009, the USGS completed a comprehensive study of gravel transport and storage along the lower Chetco River. 

Contacts: J. Rose Wallick
Date published: August 30, 2017
Status: Active

Upper Klamath Basin Groundwater Studies

Since the late 1990s the USGS has worked to characterize the regional groundwater hydrology of the upper Klamath Basin. Research focuses on collecting data to help evaluate the state of the groundwater system and its response to external stresses, and to develop computer models to provide insights useful for water management. These efforts build on earlier USGS studies in the basin going back...

Date published: August 22, 2017
Status: Active

Willamette River Studies

Welcome to the Willamette River Study page. Here you will find links to USGS research for the Willamette River and the Willamette River Basin.

Date published: May 18, 2017
Status: Completed

Water Temperature Modeling in the Middle Fork Willamette and South Santiam River Basins

Hills Creek, Lookout Point, and Dexter Dams are located on the Middle Fork Willamette River upstream of Eugene in western Oregon, and are important resources managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for flood control, hydroelectric power, recreation, navigation, and irrigation. On the South Santiam River east of Albany in western Oregon, Green Peter and Foster Dams provide functions...

Contacts: Stewart Rounds
Date published: May 16, 2017
Status: Completed

Groundwater in the Upper Deschutes Basin, Oregon

Groundwater monitoring in the Deschutes Basin shows water-level declines are larger than might be expected from climate variations alone, raising questions regarding the influence of groundwater pumping, canal lining, and other human influences.

Contacts: Terrence Conlon