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Year Published: 2018

Suspended-sediment transport from the Green-Duwamish River to the Lower Duwamish Waterway, Seattle, Washington, 2013–17

The Green-Duwamish River transports watershed-derived sediment to the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site near Seattle, Washington. Understanding the amount of sediment transported by the river is essential to the bed sediment cleanup process. Turbidity, discharge, suspended-sediment concentration (SSC), and particle-size data were collected by...

Senter, Craig A.; Conn, Kathleen E.; Black, Robert W.; Peterson, Norman; Vanderpool-Kimura, Ann M.; Foreman, James R.
Senter, C.A., Conn, K.E., Black, R.W., Peterson, N., Vanderpool-Kimura, A., and Foreman, J.R., 2018, Suspended-sediment transport from the Green-Duwamish River to the Lower Duwamish Waterway, Seattle, Washington, 2013–17: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1029, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181029.

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Assessing the influence of multiple stressors on stream diatom metrics in the upper Midwest, USA

Water resource managers face increasing challenges in identifying what physical and chemical stressors are responsible for the alteration of biological conditions in streams. 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 in an...

Munn, Mark D.; Waite, Ian R.; Konrad, Christopher P.
Munn, M.D., I. Waite, and C.P. Konrad. 2017. Assessing the influence of multiple stressors on stream diatom metrics in the upper Midwest, USA. Ecological Indicators. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.09.005

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Chemical concentrations in water and suspended sediment, Green River to Lower Duwamish Waterway near Seattle, Washington, 2016–17

From August 2016 to March 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected representative samples of filtered and unfiltered water and suspended sediment (including the colloidal fraction) at USGS streamgage 12113390 (Duwamish River at Golf Course, at Tukwila, Washington) during 13 periods of differing flow conditions. Samples were analyzed by...

Conn, Kathleen E.; Black, Robert W.; Peterson, Norman T.; Senter, Craig A.; Chapman, Elena A.
Conn, K.E., Black, R.W., Peterson, N.T., Senter, C.A., and Chapman, E.A., 2018, Chemical concentrations in water and suspended sediment, Green River to Lower Duwamish Waterway near Seattle, Washington, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1073, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1073.

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Characterizing aquatic habitats for long‐term monitoring of a fourth‐order, regulated river in the Pacific Northwest, USA

A pragmatic approach to the long‐term monitoring of rivers leverages available information with targeted field investigations to address key uncertainties relevant to management decisions. An over‐arching management issue for many rivers is how reservoir operation affects the amount and location of in‐channel sediment and the resulting...

Konrad, Christopher P.; Burton, K.; Little, R.; Gendaszek, Andrew S.; Munn, Mark D.; Anderson, Scott W.
Konrad CP, Burton K, Little R, Gendaszek AD, Munn MD, Anderson SW. Characterizing aquatic habitats for long-term monitoring of a fourth-order, regulated river in the Pacific Northwest, USA. River Res Applic. 2017;1–10. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3230

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Streambed scour of salmon spawning habitat in a regulated river influenced by management of peak discharge

In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, salmon eggs incubating within streambed gravels are susceptible to scour during floods. The threat to egg-to-fry survival by streambed scour is mitigated, in part, by the adaptation of salmon to bury their eggs below the typical depth of scour. In regulated rivers globally, we suggest that water...

Gendaszek, Andrew S.; Burton, Karl D.; Magirl, Christopher S.; Konrad, Christopher P.
Gendaszek AS, Burton K, Magirl CS, Konrad CP. Streambed scour of salmon spawning habitat in a regulated river influenced by management of peak discharge. Freshwater Biol. 2017;00:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12987

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Flood runoff in relation to water vapor transport by atmospheric rivers over the western United States, 1949–2015

Atmospheric rivers (ARs) have a significant role in generating floods across the western United States. We analyze daily streamflow for water years 1949 to 2015 from 5,477 gages in relation to water vapor transport by ARs using a 6 h chronology resolved to 2.5° latitude and longitude. The probability that an AR will generate 50 mm/d of...

Konrad, Christopher P.; Dettinger, Michael D.
Konrad, C. P., & Dettinger, M. D. (2017). Flood runoff in relation to water vapor transport by atmospheric rivers over the western United States, 1949–2015. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL075399

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Influence of sediment chemistry and sediment toxicity on macroinvertebrate communities across 99 wadable streams of the Midwestern USA

Simultaneous assessment of sediment chemistry, sediment toxicity, and macroinvertebrate communities can provide multiple lines of evidence when investigating relations between sediment contaminants and ecological degradation. These three measures were evaluated at 99 wadable stream sites across 11 states in the Midwestern United States during the...

Moran, Patrick W.; Nowell, Lisa H.; Kemble, Nile E.; Mahler, Barbara; Waite, Ian R.; Van Metre, Peter C.
Science of the Total Environment- Accepted Manuscript, . Ref. No.: STOTEN-D-17-01553R1

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Hydrologic metrics for status-and-trends monitoring in urban and urbanizing watersheds

Local governmental agencies are increasingly undertaking potentially costly “status-and-trends” monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of stormwater control measures and land-use planning strategies, or to satisfy regulatory requirements. Little guidance is presently available for such efforts, and so we have explored the application,...

Booth, Derek B.; Konrad, Christopher P.
Booth DB, Konrad CP. Hydrologic metrics for status-and-trends monitoring in urban and urbanizing watersheds. Hydrological Processes. 2017. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11369

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Groundwater data collection for the Quinault Indian Nation, Grays Harbor and Jefferson Counties, Washington

Groundwater data were collected on the Quinault Indian Reservation to provide the Quinualt Indian Nation (QIN) with basic knowledge of the existing wells and springs on the reservation, and to establish a water-level network to be monitored by QIN to begin building a long-term groundwater dataset. The 327 mi2 Quinault Indian Reservation is located...

Kahle, Sue C.; Fasser, Elisabeth T.; Olsen, Theresa D.
Kahle, S.C., Fasser, E.T., and Olsen, T.D., 2017, Groundwater data collection for the Quinault Indian Nation, Grays Harbor and Jefferson Counties, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1071, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1071.

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Suspended sediment, turbidity, and stream water temperature in the Sauk River Basin, western Washington, water years 2012-16

The Sauk River is a federally designated Wild and Scenic River that drains a relatively undisturbed landscape along the western slope of the North Cascade Mountain Range, Washington, which includes the glaciated volcano, Glacier Peak. Naturally high sediment loads characteristic of basins draining volcanoes like Glacier Peak make the Sauk River a...

Jaeger, Kristin L.; Curran, Christopher A.; Anderson, Scott W.; Morris, Scott T.; Moran, Patrick W.; Reams, Katherine A.
Jaeger, K.L., Curran, C.A., Anderson, S.W., Morris, S.T., Moran, P.W., and Reams, K.A., 2017, Suspended sediment, turbidity, and stream water temperature in the Sauk River Basin, Washington, water years 2012–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5113, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175113.

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Design and methods of the Pacific Northwest Stream Quality Assessment (PNSQA), 2015

In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) project conducted the Pacific Northwest Stream Quality Assessment (PNSQA) to investigate stream quality across the western part of the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the PNSQA was to assess the health of streams in the region by characterizing multiple water-...

Sheibley, Rich W.; Morace, Jennifer L.; Journey, Celeste A.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Bell, Amanda H.; Nakagaki, Naomi; Button, Daniel T.; Qi, Sharon L.
Sheibley, R.W., Morace, J.L., Journey, C.A., Van Metre, P.C., Bell, A.H., Nakagaki, Naomi, Button, D.T., and Qi, S.L., 2017, Design and methods of the Pacific Northwest Stream Quality Assessment (PNSQA), 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017-1103, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171103.

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Suspended-sediment loads in the lower Stillaguamish River, Snohomish County, Washington, 2014–15

Continuous records of discharge and turbidity at a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgage in the lower Stillaguamish River were paired with discrete measurements of suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) in order to estimate suspended-sediment loads over the water years 2014 and 2015. First, relations between turbidity and SSC were developed and...

Anderson, Scott A.; Curran, Christopher A.; Grossman, Eric E.
Anderson, S.W., Curran, C.A., and Grossman, E.E., 2017, Suspended-sediment loads in the lower Stillaguamish River, Snohomish County, Washington, 2014–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1066, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171066.