Washington Water Science Center
Data and Tools
The USGS Washington Water Science Center currently operates over 380 data-collection sites in Washington. The sites collect surface water, groundwater, water quality and meteorological data that are available in real time. Current and historic data can be retrieved from the National Database called the National Water Information System (NWIS). Many of the links below access this database.
Streamflow measurements are vital to understanding stream conditions. We monitor rivers & streams throughout Washington.Streamflow Data
Monitoring water quality is important for protecting human and ecosystem health. We monitor rivers, streams, and lakes around the state.Water-Quality Data
The USGS monitors groundwater levels throughout Washington. The data are used to determine sustainable pumping rates for irrigation and domestic supplies.Groundwater Data
WaterWatch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States, including flood and droughts. Real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.
Groundwater Watch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and historical groundwater data from wells and springs across the United States. Groundwater Watch groups related wells and data from active well networks and provides basic statistics about the water-level data collected by the USGS and from data supplied to us from partners through cooperative agreements.
WaterQualityWatch provides access to real-time water-quality data collected at more than 2,000 stream sites throughout the United States, including streamflow, water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrate.
Annual Water Data Reports were published annually for many decades as static archival products that supplemented direct access to current and historical water data provided by the National Water Information System (NWIS). This site helps users access historical Water Data Reports, electronic Site Data Sheets, or current on-demand, print-ready Water-Year Summaries.
Boat-mounted acoustic doppler current profilers (ADCPs) were used to collect velocity data on the Columbia River in a small area near Northport, WA. Velocity surveys were collected during two surveys at high-flow, high-stage conditions in May 2018. Bathymetric data were also collected during one of the surveys using a single-beam echo sounder. The datasets here provide 1) raw ADCP and single-...
A three-dimensional, groundwater flow model (MODFLOW-NWT) was developed to
examine groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington. The
model was calibrated to conditions from 1920 to 2013. The model was used to
(1) determine the change in groundwater storage from 1920 to 2013 , and
(2) simulate the potential effects of increases in pumping.
Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in Washington. Surface-water data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.
Water temperature and depth data for the lower Quinault River during summer baseflow, Washington, August 2016 and 2017
Water temperature and the availability of cold-water refugia are important parameters during summer baseflows when stream water temperatures are at their maximum. The U.S. Geological Survey measured near-streambed and surface water temperatures along the lower Quinault River, on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington between August 9-12, 2016, during summer baseflow conditions. The survey occurred...
Suspended sediment concentration and loads for the South Fork Nooksack River at Saxon Road, Washington, 2010-2016 water years
Suspended-sediment samples were collected by USGS and NIT at the USGS streamgage South Fork Nooksack River at Saxon Road (12210000) from July 2010 to February 2016 over a range of discharge and turbidity conditions. Regression equations were developed to estimate the suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) and the concentration of fine suspended-sediment (fSSC; <0.0625 mm) using...
Suspended sediment concentration and loads for the Nooksack River at North Cedarville, Washington, June 4, 2011 to September 30, 2016
Suspended-sediment samples were collected by USGS and NIT at the USGS streamgage Nooksack River at North Cedarville (12210700) from December 2010 to January 2017 over a range of discharge and turbidity conditions. Regression equations were developed to estimate the suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) and the concentration of fine suspended-sediment (fSSC; <0.0625 mm) using turbidity...
Suspended sediment concentration and loads for the Middle Fork Nooksack River near Deming, Washington, 2014-2017 water years
Turbidity was continuously monitored at the USGS streamgage Middle Fork Nooksack River near Deming (12208000) from November 2, 2013 to September 30, 2017. A DTS-12 turbidity sensor (Forest Technology Systems) at the streamgage measured turbidity at 15-minute intervals. Suspended-sediment samples were collected at the streamgage over a range of discharge and turbidity conditions. Regression...
This data release contains time series data of suspended-sediment concentration and loads determined at five USGS streamgages in the Nooksack River Basin, Whatcom County, Washington: Nooksack River at Ferndale (12213100), Nooksack River at North Cedarville (12210700), North Fork Nooksack River below Cascade Creek near Glacier (12205000 ), Middle Fork Nooksack River near Deming (12208000), and...