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Year Published: 2019

Groundwater and surface-water data collection for Mason County, western Washington, 2016–18

Groundwater levels and surface water flow measurements were collected from August 2016 to September 2018 to provide the Mason Conservation District and other stakeholders with basic knowledge of existing water resources in Mason County, Washington. Additionally, the data were collected with the intent of contributing to informed decision making...

Tecca, Alison E.; Frans, Lonna M.
Tecca, A.E., and Frans, L.M., 2019, Groundwater and surface-water data collection for Mason County, western Washington, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1106, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1106.

Year Published: 2019

Uncertainty in quantitative analyses of topographic change: error propagation and the role of thresholding

Topographic surveys inevitably contain error, introducing uncertainty into estimates of volumetric or mean change based on the differencing of repeated surveys. In the geomorphic community, uncertainty has often been framed as a problem of separating out real change from apparent change due purely to error, and addressed by removing measured...

Anderson, Scott W.

Year Published: 2018

Analysis of groundwater response to tidal fluctuations, Site 10 Naval Magazine Indian Island, Port Hadlock, Washington

Site 10 at Naval Magazine Indian Island is an approximately 3.7-acre inactive landfill. The site was used as the primary landfill for the island from about 1945 until the mid-1970s, receiving paints, batteries, trash, and materials. In a memorandum to Washington State Department of Ecology, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest (NAVFAC NW...

Opatz, Chad C.; Dinicola, Richard S.
Opatz, C.C., and Dinicola, R.S., 2018, Analysis of groundwater response to tidal fluctuations, Site 10 Naval Magazine Indian Island, Port Hadlock, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1192, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181192.

Year Published: 2018

Simulation of groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington

The Miocene Columbia River Basalt Group and younger sedimentary deposits of lacustrine, fluvial, eolian, and cataclysmic-flood origins compose the aquifer system of the Quincy Basin in eastern Washington. Irrigation return flow and canal leakage from the Columbia Basin Project have caused groundwater levels to rise substantially in some areas....

Frans, Lonna M.; Kahle, Sue C.; Tecca, Alison E.; Olsen, Theresa D.
Frans, L.M., Kahle, S.C., Tecca, A.E., and Olsen, T.D., 2018, Simulation of groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5162, 63 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185162.

Year Published: 2018

Hydrology-driven chemical loads transported by the Green River to the Lower Duwamish Waterway near Seattle, Washington, 2013–17

The sediments in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site in Seattle, Washington, are contaminated with chemicals including metals such as arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cPAHs), and dioxins/furans from decades of intense anthropogenic activities. The U.S. Geological Survey, in...

Conn, Kathleen E.; Black, Robert W.; Senter, Craig A.; Peterson, Norman T.; Vanderpool-Kimura, Ann
Conn, K.E., Black, R.W., Senter, C.A., Peterson, N.T., and Vanderpool-Kimura, A., 2018, Hydrology-driven chemical loads transported by the Green River to the Lower Duwamish Waterway near Seattle, Washington, 2013–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5133, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185133.

Year Published: 2018

Concentrations of nutrients at the water table beneath forage fields receiving seasonal applications of manure, Whatcom County, Washington, autumn 2011–spring 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Whatcom Conservation District (WCD), collected groundwater-quality data for roughly 3 years (October 2011–May 2015) from near the water table beneath forage fields receiving regular seasonal applications of liquid dairy manure in Whatcom County, Washington. The work was done as part of an...

Cox, Stephen E.; Spanjer, Andrew R.; Huffman, Raegan L.; Black, Robert W.; Barbash, Jack E.; Embertson, Nichole M.
Cox, S.E., Spanjer, A.R., Huffman, R.L., Black, R.W., Barbash, J.E., and Embertson, N.M., 2018, Concentrations of nutrients at the water table beneath forage fields receiving seasonal applications of manure, Whatcom County, Washington, autumn 2011–spring 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5124, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185124.

Year Published: 2018

Water use in Washington, 2015

BackgroundWater use in the State of Washington has evolved during the past century from small withdrawals used for domestic and stock needs to the diverse needs of current public supply systems, domestic water users, irrigation projects, industrial plants, and aquaculture industries. Increasing demand for water makes the accountability of water...

Fasser, Elisabeth T.
Fasser, E.T., 2018, Water use in Washington, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3058, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183058.

Year Published: 2018

Tidal flushing of mercury from the Bremerton Naval Complex through the PSNS015 stormwater drain system to Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington, 2011 -12

The sediments of Sinclair Inlet, in Puget Sound, Washington, have elevated levels of contaminants including mercury. The Bremerton Naval Complex is adjacent to Sinclair Inlet, and has known areas of historical soil mercury contamination. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, has been investigating the potential for mercury...

Conn, Kathleen E.; Paulson, Anthony J.; Dinicola, Richard S.; DeWild, John F.
Conn, K.E., Paulson, A.J., Dinicola, R.S., and DeWild, J.F., 2018, Tidal flushing of mercury from the Bremerton Naval Complex through the PSNS015 stormwater drain system to Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington, 2011 -12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5087, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185087.

Year Published: 2018

Water temperature in the Lower Quinault River, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, June 2016 - August 2017

The availability of cold-water refugia during summertime river-water temperature maximums is important for cold-water fish species including Endangered Species Act listed salmonids since water temperature influences metabolism, growth, and phenology. The U.S. Geological Survey monitored water temperature at 10 sites approximately evenly-spaced...

Jaeger, Kristin L.; Curran, Christopher A.; Wulfkuhle, Elyse J.; Opatz, Chad C.
Jaeger, K.L., Curran, C.A., Wulfkuhle, E.J., and Opatz, C.O., 2018, Water temperature in the lower Quinault River, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, June 2016–August 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1129, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181129.

Year Published: 2018

Mercury methylation and bioaccumulation in Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington

The U.S. Geological Survey evaluated the transformation of mercury to bioavailable methylmercury in Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington, and assessed the effect of the transformation processes on the mercury burden in marine organisms and sediment. In August 2008, samples of sediment, water, and biota from six sites in Sinclair Inlet and...

Paulson, A.J.; Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C.; Moran, P.W.; DeWild, J.F.; Stewart, J.F.; Toft, J.; Agee, J.L.; Kakouros, E.; Kieu, Le H.; Carter, B.; Sheibley, R.W.; Cordell, J.; Krabbenhoft, David P.
Paulson, A.J., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Moran, P.W., Stewart, A.R., DeWild, J.F., Toft, J., Agee, J.L., Kakouros, E., Kieu, L.H., Carter, B., Sheibley, R.W., Cordell, J., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2018, Mercury methylation and bioaccumulation in Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5063, 63 p., 1 app., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185063.

Year Published: 2018

Factors influencing fine sediment on stream beds in the Midwestern United States

Fine sediment (particles <2 mm in diameter) in stream beds has wide-ranging effects on hydraulics, geomorphology, and ecology and is a primary focus for stream quality management in many regions. We identify reach- and basin-scale factors associated with fine sediment in the beds of 83 stream reaches in the Midwestern United States using...

Konrad, Christopher P.; Gellis, Allen
Konrad, C.P. and A. Gellis, 2018. Factors influencing fine sediment on stream beds in the Midwestern United States, Journal of Environmental Quality 47: 1214-1222.

Year Published: 2018

Water budget of the upper Chehalis River Basin, southwestern Washington

Groundwater and surface water collectively supply the domestic, agricultural, and industrial needs of the 895-square mile upper Chehalis River Basin upstream of Grand Mound, Washington, while providing streamflow for fish and other aquatic species in the Chehalis River and its tributaries. To support sustainable water management decision-making, a...

Gendaszek, Andrew S.; Welch, Wendy B.
Gendaszek, A.S., and Welch, W.B., 2018, Water budget of the upper Chehalis River Basin, southwestern Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5084, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185084.