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Year Published: 2017

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.

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Geomorphic response of the North Fork Stillaguamish River to the State Route 530 landslide near Oso, Washington

On March 22, 2014, the State Route 530 Landslide near Oso, Washington mobilized 8 million cubic meters of unconsolidated Pleistocene material, creating a valley‑spanning deposit that fully impounded the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The river overtopped the 8-meter high debris impoundment within 25 hours and began steadily incising a new channel...

Anderson, Scott W.; Keith, Mackenzie K.; Magirl, Christopher S.; Wallick, J. Rose; Mastin, Mark C.; Foreman, James R.
Anderson, S.W., Keith, M.K., Magirl, C.S., Wallick, J.R., Mastin, M.C., and Foreman, J.R., 2017, Geomorphic response of the North Fork Stillaguamish River to the State Route 530 landslide near Oso, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5055, 85 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175055.

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Year Published: 2017

Geomorphology and sediment regimes of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams

The geomorphology and sediment regimes of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are extremely diverse, owing in large part to the substantial spatiotemporal variability of the associated hydrological regimes. We describe the geomorphological character and sediment transport processes along IRES within...

Jaeger, Kristin; Sutfin, Nicholas A.; Tooth, Stephen; Michaelides, Katerina; Singer, Michael B.

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Hydrological connectivity in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams

In intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (hereafter, IRES), hydrological connectivity mediated by either flowing or nonflowing water extends along three spatial dimensions—longitudinal, lateral, and vertical—and varies over time. Flow intermittence disrupts this connectivity, operating through complex hydrological transitions (e.g.,...

Boulton, Andrew J.; Rolls, Robert J.; Jaeger, Kristin; Datry, Thibault

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Quality-assurance plan for water-quality activities in the U.S. Geological Survey Washington Water Science Center

In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Office of Water Quality in the Water Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey, a quality-assurance plan has been created for use by the Washington Water Science Center (WAWSC) in conducting water-quality activities. This qualityassurance plan documents the standards, policies, and procedures used by...

Conn, Kathleen E.; Huffman, Raegan L.; Barton, Cynthia
Conn, K.E., Huffman, R.L., and Barton, Cynthia, 2017, Quality-assurance plan for water-quality activities in the U.S. Geological Survey Washington Water Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1044, 66 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171044.

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Year Published: 2017

Surface-water quality-assurance plan for the U.S. Geological Survey Washington Water Science Center

This Surface-Water Quality-Assurance Plan documents the standards, policies, and procedures used by the U.S. Geological Survey Washington Water Science Center (WAWSC) for activities related to the collection, processing, storage, analysis, and publication of surface-water data. This plan serves as a guide to all WAWSC personnel involved in surface...

Mastin, Mark C.
Mastin, M.C., 2017, Surface-water quality-assurance plan for the U.S. Geological Survey Washington Water Science Center (ver. 1.1, August 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1020, 85 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161020.

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Year Published: 2016

Continuous-flow centrifugation to collect suspended sediment for chemical analysis

Recent advances in suspended-sediment monitoring tools and surrogate technologies have greatly improved the ability to quantify suspended-sediment concentrations and to estimate daily, seasonal, and annual suspended-sediment fluxes from rivers to coastal waters. However, little is known about the chemical composition of suspended sediment, and how...

Conn, Kathleen E.; Dinicola, Richard S.; Black, Robert W.; Cox, Stephen E.; Sheibley, Richard W.; Foreman, James R.; Senter, Craig A.; Peterson, Norman T.
Conn, K.E., Dinicola, R.S., Black, R.W., Cox, S.E., Sheibley, R.W., Foreman, J.R., Senter, C.A., and Peterson, N.T., 2016, Continuous-flow centrifugation to collect suspended sediment for chemical analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 1, chap. D6, 31 p., plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/tm1D6.