Oregon Water Science Center


Filter Total Items: 15
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: April 24, 2018
Status: Active

Oregon Data Release(s)

As a federal research agency, the USGS collects natural resource data all across Oregon. These data may be stored in a variety of databases, including our National Water Information System (NWIS). Other data are stored in the ScienceBase Catalog. Here are recent ...

Contacts: Casie Smith
Date published: February 2, 2018
Status: Active

Oregon Water Use Program

With the ever-increasing rate of utilization of and competition for water (particularly during periods of drought) accurate, current water-use information is of considerable value. This is particularly so in determining future water availability in hydrologically critical areas and for making sound resource-management decisions. For the Oregon Water Science Center, a viable water-use data-...

Contacts: Jonathan Haynes
Date published: December 15, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater of the Umatilla River Basin

Water management in the arid Umatilla Basin has become increasingly complex in recent years. Competing demands from society for generating hydro-electric power, maintaining and restoring fisheries, restoring watershed health, providing water for growing communities, and increasing agricultural production through irrigation, have put water resources in the Umatilla Basin and throughout the...

Date published: December 15, 2017
Status: Active

Spring Vulnerability Study for Southeastern Oregon

Evaluating Spring Vulnerability to Climate Change on BLM Priority Management Areas in Southeastern Oregon

Contacts: Hank Johnson
Date published: December 15, 2017
Status: Active

Harney Basin Groundwater Study

This study will characterize and quantify the groundwater system in the Harney Basin to address gaps in our present understanding.

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 29, 2017
Status: Active

Upper Klamath Basin Studies

In 1992, the USGS began studying possible causes for the change in trophic status of Upper Klamath Lake. Since then research has expanded to include groundwater, geomorphology, streamflow forecasting, and fish ecology.

Date published: August 28, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Elevation and Temperature in Johnson Creek Basin

Water elevation and temperature in groundwater and Johnson Creek at Sycamore, near Portland, OR

Contacts: Adam Stonewall
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 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
Date published: April 11, 2017
Status: Active

Hydrogeologic and Geothermal Conditions of the Northwest Volcanic Aquifers

Although sparsely populated, this area in southeastern Oregon, northeastern California, northwestern Nevada, and southeastern Idaho has high geothermal heat flow that may be used to generate large amounts of electricity.