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.

Surface Water

Surface Water

Streamflow measurements are vital to understanding stream conditions. We monitor rivers & streams throughout Washington.

Streamflow Data

Water Quality

Water Quality

Monitoring water quality is important for protecting human and ecosystem health. We monitor rivers, streams, and lakes around the state.

Water-Quality Data

Groundwater

Groundwater

The USGS monitors groundwater levels throughout Washington. The data are used to determine sustainable pumping rates for irrigation and domestic supplies.

Groundwater Data
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Date published: June 29, 2017

Attributes related to sediment supply, transport capacity, and bed material of 97 streams in the Midwestern US (2013)

Physical attributes of 97 streams in the Midwestern US characterizing sediment supply, sediment transport capacity, and stream bed material. Attributes include basin characteristics compiled with geographic information system and statistical summaries of field measurements of channel form, bed material, and suspended sediment. Data were used by Konrad and Gellis, 'Factors influencing fine...

Date published: May 1, 2017

Accelerometer scour monitor data on the Cedar River, Washington, 2013 - 2014

Accelerometer scour monitors were deployed on the Cedar River, Washington from 2013 to 2014 as part of a study on the timing of streambed scour at 73 locations in salmon-spawning habitat. This data release contains data of the three-dimensional orientation recorded at 20- to 30-minute intervals for the 46 accelerometer monitors that were recovered in 2014. Each accelerometer scour monitor was...

Date published: April 1, 2017

Bathymetric DEM of the lower Nooksack River, August 2015

Bathymetric data for the mainstem of the Nooksack River during low flow conditions from 24 to 27 August 2015. Depth data were collected with boat-mounted single-beam echo sounder downstream of Ferndale, Washington and a boat-mounted acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP) upstream of Ferndale. Elevation of the instruments were determined with real-time kinetic global positioning system (RTK...

Date published: March 31, 2017

Lower Cedar Alcoves 2013

Alcoves are small embayments found along a river's edge. They are found at the downstream end of gravel bars, tributary confluences, and other localized channel expansions. Alcoves generally have low velocities because they are protected from the main current, though they may "wash out" at higher flows. Alcoves are a type of off-channel habitat that are used by juvenile salmon for rearing.

Date published: March 31, 2017

Longitudinal profile and off-channel habitats of the lower Cedar River, Washington

Field survey of the longitudinal profile and off-channel habitats (side channels and alcoves) of the lower Cedar River from Landsburg to Renton, WA were conducted in 2010 and 2013 respectively. The longitudinal profile is provided as an ASCII text file with fields delimited by commas. Digital maps with the locations of off-channel habitats are provided as ArcGIS shapefiles.

Date published: March 31, 2017

Lower Cedar River Side Channels 2013

Side channels are small channels located parallel to the main channel of river that have a surface connection to the river at the upstream and/or downstream end. Connectivity may depend on river stage. Side channels are an important type of off-channel habitat for rearing of juvenile salmon and spawning by adults.

Date published: March 28, 2017

Integrated topographic and bathymetric data of the Nooksack River and floodplain near Everson, WA, data from 2013 and 2015

This DEM combines active channel topography from September 2015 structure from motion surveys, bathymetric data from August 2015 single beam surveys and overbank/floodplain topography from 2013 aerial lidar.

Date published: March 28, 2017

Topographic survey of the Nooksack River using structure from motion photogrammetry, September 2015

Structure from motion photogrammetry was used to contruct a digital elevation model of the Nooksack River based on images acquired on September 15, 2015. Images were acquired using a Ricoh GR II camera mounted in a near-nadir orientation in the wing of a fixed-wing aircraft, flying approximately 1,500' above ground level. Ground control consisted of 53 chalked X's on gravel surfaces, with...

Date published: March 21, 2017

Topographic and bathymetric data on the mainstem Nooksack River, Fall 2015

Bathymetric and topographic data on the mainstem Nooksack River, Whatcom County, Washington were collected in the fall of 2015 as part of a study on sediment transport and channel change. Bathymetric data was collected from the river's mouth to river mile (RM) 28, near Nugent's Corner. Topographic data is available from RM 17, near the town of Lynden, to RM 37, near the confluence of the...

Date published: March 8, 2017

Monthly water level network map

Monthly water level network map

Date published: January 1, 2017

Watershed boundaries for the Puget Sound Stormwater Action Monitoring small stream status and trends project

Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) is a collaborative monitoring program between western Washington municipal stormwater permittees, state and federal agencies. SAM’s role is to use the results of regional monitoring and focused studies to inform policy decisions and identify effective strategies to improve stormwater management in the Puget Sound region. The SAM program includes...

Date published: January 1, 2017

Riparian-Zone Boundaries for the Puget Sound Stormwater Action Monitoring small stream status and trends project

Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) is a collaborative monitoring program between western Washington municipal stormwater permittees, state and federal agencies. SAM’s role is to use the results of regional monitoring and focused studies to inform policy decisions and identify effective strategies to improve stormwater management in the Puget Sound region. The SAM program includes...