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: 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 rea

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,

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 conflu

Date published: March 8, 2017

Monthly water level network map

Monthly water level network map

Date published: January 1, 2017

Data on Midwest stream diatom metrics and environmental stressors, 2013

The objective of this study was to assess the comparative influence of multiple stressors on benthic diatoms at 98 sites that spanned a range of stressors that occurred in an agricultural dominated region in the upper Midwest, USA. The primary stressors of interest included: nutrients, herbicides and fungicides, sediment, and streamflow; though the influence of physical habitat was i

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

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

Digital elevation models of the SR530 landslide near Oso, Washington, July 2014 to July 2015

Digital elevation models of the SR530 Landslide, created using structure from motion photogrammetry. These surveys were performed at irregular intervals between July 1, 2014 and July 7, 2015.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Selected Environmental Characteristics of Sampled Sites, Watersheds, and Riparian Zones 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

Sampled Sites 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

Evaluating Coho Salmon in Streams Across an Urbanization Gradient; Part 1, Growth Potential Based on Environmental Factors and Bioenergetics

Physical and chemical changes affect the biota within urban streams at varying scales ranging from individual organisms to populations and communities creating complex interactions that present challenges for characterizing and monitoring the impact on species utilizing these freshwater habitats. Salmonids, specifically cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus