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Image: Operating Sediment-sampling Reel, Elwha River, Washington
January 5, 2012

Operating Sediment-sampling Reel, Elwha River, Washington

USGS hydrologic technician James Foreman operates an electronic deployment reel from a bridge over the Elwha River, Washington. Two large dams on the Elwha River are being incrementally removed from 2011 to 2013 to restore river function in an important salmon-bearing river. The USGS is sampling sediment from the river during the dam-removal project to quantify the

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October 27, 2011

White Salmon River Riverine Dune Formation/Destruction

Following the Condit Dam removal, a significant amount of bedload sediment was transported downstream. As the material moved along the river bottom, dunes began to form then collapse. This dune formation is seen through the waveform action as the stream's normal laminar flow is replaced by whitecap wave forms before returning, once again, to laminar flow.

Image: River Otters in Olympic National Park, Wash.
August 21, 2011

River Otters in Olympic National Park, Wash.

River otters in Olympic National Park trigger a movement-activated camera without activating the wire mesh box trap (left) used by scientists to capture the animals to attach radio transmitters and monitor their movements. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is leading a project to study how the otters are responding to the restoration of the Elwha River, where two dams were

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Beautiful River with Mount Rainier in the background
October 27, 2010

Washington River

Beautiful River with Mount Rainier in the background

Image: Canoeists Leaving Swinomish
July 22, 2008

Canoeists Leaving Swinomish

A canoe family and their canoe, "Salmon Dancer," leave on their tribal journey from the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.

Image: Canoe Crew Preparing for Launch
July 22, 2008

Canoe Crew Preparing for Launch

The skipper and crew of the Grande Ronde Chinook canoe family prepare to leave from the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.

Image: Canoe Preparing for Launch
July 22, 2008

Canoe Preparing for Launch

A canoe is launched at the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.

Image: Canoe Crew Preparing for Launch
July 22, 2008

Canoe Crew Preparing for Launch

The skipper and crew of the Grande Ronde Chinook canoe family prepare to leave from the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.

Image: Canoe Preparing for Launch
July 22, 2008

Canoe Preparing for Launch

A canoe is launched at the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.

Image: Canoe Crew Preparing for Launch
July 22, 2008

Canoe Crew Preparing for Launch

The skipper and crew of the Grande Ronde Chinook canoe family prepare to leave from the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.

Image: Canoe Preparing for Launch
July 22, 2008

Canoe Preparing for Launch

A canoe is launched at the beach at the Swinomish Tribal Community Center.