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

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News

Date published: November 13, 2018

Post-Wildfire Playbook

New post-wildfire resource guide now available to help communities cope with flood and debris flow danger.

Date published: September 20, 2018

Lunchtime Seminar Series (Fall 2018)

Our lunchtime "brownbag" 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. The presentations are informal and are open to the public. Please, bring your lunch.

Date published: July 24, 2018

Preparing for the Dirty Jobs - HAZWOPER

Preparation is key, especially when it comes to hazard spill response. A select few USGS staff train in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) each year.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Monitoring framework for evaluating hydrogeomorphic and vegetation responses to environmental flows in the Middle Fork Willamette, McKenzie, and Santiam River Basins, Oregon

This report summarizes a framework for monitoring hydrogeomorphic and vegetation responses to environmental flows in support of the Willamette Sustainable Rivers Program (SRP). The SRP is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide ecologically sustainable flows downstream of dams while...

Wallick, J. Rose; Bach, Leslie B.; Keith, Mackenzie K.; Olson, Melissa; Mangano, Joseph F.; Jones, Krista L.
Wallick, J.R., Bach, L.B., Keith, M.K., Olson, M., Mangano, J.F., and Jones, K.L., 2018, Monitoring framework for evaluating hydrogeomorphic and vegetation responses to environmental flows in the Middle Fork Willamette, McKenzie, and Santiam River Basins, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1157, 66 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181157.

Year Published: 2018

Deep aquifer recharge in the Columbia River Basalt Group, upper Umatilla River Basin, northeastern Oregon

Groundwater is an important component of the water resources of the upper Umatilla River Basin of northeastern Oregon. As such, understanding the capacity of the resource is vital. Past studies have estimated recharge in the study area. One recent study of the upper Umatilla River Basin indicated that about 80 percent of recharge entering the...

Pischel, Esther M.; Johnson, Henry M.; Gingerich, Stephen B.
Pischel, E.M., Johnson, H.M., and Gingerich, S.B., 2018, Deep aquifer recharge in the Columbia River Basalt Group, upper Umatilla River Basin, northeastern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5110, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185110.

Year Published: 2018

Temporal and spatial monitoring of cyanobacterial blooms at Willow Creek Reservoir, North-Central Oregon

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) investigated the spatial and temporal dynamics of cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms in Willow Creek Reservoir in north-central Oregon in 2015–16. A combination of cameras and water-quality monitoring equipment was used to assess the frequency and duration of blooms...

Smith, Cassandra D.
Smith, C.D., 2018, Temporal and spatial monitoring of cyanobacterial blooms at Willow Creek Reservoir, north-central Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5083, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185083.