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Province 5005 Eastern Oregon-Washington, National Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: November 16, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Oregon-Washington Oil and Gas Assessments

In 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed the following assessments of undiscovered gas resources of the Eastern Oregon and Washington Province 5005. 

2006  . This province was previously assessed in 1995 ( see DD

 

Province 5004 Western Oregon and Washington, National Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: November 16, 2018
Status: Active

Western Oregon-Washington Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Western Oregon and Washington Province 5004:

Examining controls on the solubility in the ocean
Date Published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Examining controls on the solubility in the ocean of iron from dust and volcanic ash- John Crusius

Biological productivity in the Gulf of Alaska is limited by availability of the micronutrient iron. Dust derived from Alaskan glacial flour and from Asian deserts, and ash from Alaskan volcanoes, episodically supply iron from the atmosphere. This internship would carry out studies on archived material from a variety of dust and ash samples to examine controls on the supply of this...

Kidney of a steelhead with heavy N. salmincola infection
Date Published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Effects of Nanophyetus salmincola on the Health and Survival of Puget Sound Steelhead

Low early marine survival rates of Puget Sound steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), the state fish of Washington, have contributed to its dramatic population decline and current listing as a “Threatened Species” under the Endangered Species Act. Determining the cause(s) of this elevated mortality remains a primary objective of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a large US / Canada effort...

Lingering oil in the sediments of Knight Island
Date Published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Genomic Mechanisms that Underlie Lack of Recovery of Prince William Sound Herring Following the 1990s Collapse

In the decades following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS), it has become increasingly apparent that oil can be toxic at extremely low concentrations to developing fish embryos including herring, where some toxic phenotypes may be apparent during embryogenesis, but some are delayed until later in life. Therefore, acute and lingering oil may act as an insidious selective force within...

Contacts: Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., Jacob Gregg, Ashley MacKenzie, William Richards, Andrew Whitehead, John Incardona, Nat Scholtz
Oil Tanker in Prince William Sound
Date Published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Herring Disease Program

Using an approach that involves a combination of field- and laboratory-based studies, we are investigating fish health factors that may be contributing to the failed recovery of Pacific herring populations in Prince William Sound, AK.  Field studies are providing infection and disease prevalence data to inform the population models, serological data that indicate the prior exposure history and...

Histological section of Nanophyetus salmincola metacercariae
Date Published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Nanophyetus salmincola - MMFS

Fish Diseases

Nanophyetus salmincola

Map of study area
Date Published: September 27, 2018
Status: Completed

Early Detection Monitoring May Not Be Sufficient for Invasive Mussels in the Columbia River Basin

The ecological and economic costs of an invasive quagga or zebra mussel infestation in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. would be significant. The development of invasive mussel monitoring programs in the Pacific Northwest provides a unique opportunity to evaluate a regional invasive species detection effort early in its development. Although efforts are underway to monitor for the presence of...

Contacts: Timothy Counihan, Stephen M. Bollens
Clearing snow from solar panels
Date Published: September 12, 2018
Status: Active

Salmonid Population and Life History Research in Tributary Stream and River Habitats and Response to Dam Removal

Juvenile anadromous salmonids all spend some portion of their lives in freshwater. This time may vary from days to years depending upon species and run. Spring Chinook Salmon and Coho salmon generally spend one year in freshwater and Steelhead may spend up to five years in freshwater prior to beginning their journey to sea. Several projects at WFRC – CRRL are investigating populations, life-...

Contacts: Ian Jezorek
Sockeye
Date Published: September 11, 2018
Status: Active

Questions and Answers About Salmon

A list of questions asked by students and answers provided by a USGS-WFRC Scientist.

Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) in a juvenile salmon. Thumb
Date Published: September 4, 2018
Status: Active

Detection Protocols - Renibacterium salmoninarum

Protocols for the Detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum in salmon

Weighing sturgeon
Date Published: August 30, 2018
Status: Active

Columbia River Basin Sturgeon Habitat Modeling

A study was conducted to identify habitat characteristics associated with age 0 White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus Richardson, 1863) recruitment in three reaches of the Columbia River Basin: Skamania reach (consistent recruitment), John Day reach (intermittent/inconsistent recruitment), and Kootenai reach (no recruitment).

Contacts: James Hatten
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Image of data download web page
November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Eastern Oregon-Washington Oil and Gas Assessments

Image of data download web page
November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Western Oregon-Washington Oil and Gas Assessments 

Chinook Salmon
November 13, 2018

The degree to which eelgrass on river deltas provides critical habitat for estuarine fishes, especially out‐migrating juvenile salmon, is an important scientific and management issue that bears on efforts to conserve and restore both eelgrass and fish.

View looks down on a river from behind a metal fence, and the image is time-stamped to show it's a web camera from the USGS.
September 24, 2018

Site Number 12046260 Elwha River at diversion near Port Angeles, WA

NWIS Mapper
September 24, 2018

Site Number 12045500 Elwha River at McDonald Bridge Near Port Angeles, WA

Interactive map and chart highlighting USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present
August 28, 2018

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results for Continuous Assessments only from 2000-2018.

MODFLOW-NWT model used to simulate groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington
August 1, 2018

A three-dimensional, groundwater flow model (MODFLOW-NWT) was developed to
examine groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington. The
model was calibrated to conditions from 1920 to 2013. The model was used to
(1) determine the change in groundwater storage from 1920 to 2013 , and
(2) simulate the potential effects of increases in pumping.

Preparing to set a lampara net
July 12, 2018

Data are abundance and body size (length) of juvenile salmon, forage fish, and other species captured with a lampara net in eelgrass and nearby unvegetated habitat on the Skagit River Delta monthly, April-September, 2008-2010, as well as vegetation status, water depth, temperature, salinity, and clarity for each fish netting event.

Screenshot of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool with proposed treatment drawn on screen.
May 3, 2018

The Land Treatment Exploration Tool is designed for resource managers to use when planning land treatments. The tool provides useful summaries of environmental characteristics of planned treatment areas and facilitates adaptive management practices by comparing those characteristics to other similar treatments within a specified distance or area of interest.  Provisional Software.

Map of Submerged Lands
April 4, 2018

The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) Internet Map Server is an interactive mapping service which allows the user to explore and download GIS data sets published by CMGP.

Surface Water for Washington
April 3, 2018

Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in Washington. Surface-water data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

USGS
February 21, 2018

These metadata describe the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) 2004 bathymetry data collected in Skagit Bay Washington that is provided as a 1-m resolution TIFF image, as well as a 1-m resolution shaded-relief TIFF image. In 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 the USGS, PCMSC collected bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data in Skagit Bay, Washington using an

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Year Published: 2018

Molecular testing of adult Pacific salmon and trout (Oncorhynchus spp.) for several RNA viruses demonstrates widespread distribution of piscine orthoreovirus in Alaska and Washington

This research was initiated in conjunction with a systematic, multiagency surveillance effort in the United States (U.S.) in response to reported findings of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) RNA in British Columbia, Canada. In the systematic surveillance study reported in a companion paper, tissues from various salmonids taken from...

Purcell, Maureen K.; Thompson, Rachel L.; Evered, Joy; Kerwin, John; Meyers, Ted R.; Stewart, Bruce; Winton, James
Purcell, M.K., R.L. Powers, J. Evered, J. Kerwin, T.R. Meyers, B. Stewart, and J.R. Winton. 2017. Molecular testing of adult Pacific salmon and trout (Oncorhynchus spp.) for several RNA viruses demonstrates widespread distribution of piscine orthoreovirus in Alaska and Washington. J. Fish Dis. 41(2): 347-355. DOI: 10.1111/jfd.12740.

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Wind River Subbasin Restoration, Annual report of U.S. Geological Survey activities, January 2016 through December 2016

We used Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT)-tagging and a series of instream PIT-tag interrogation systems (PTISs) to investigate life-histories, populations, and efficacy of habitat restoration actions for steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in the Wind River subbasin, WA. Our tagging focused on parr in headwaters areas of the subbasin and our...

Jezorek, Ian G.; Connolly, Patrick J.

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P- and S-wave velocity models incorporating the Cascadia subduction zone for 3D earthquake ground motion simulations—Update for Open-File Report 2007–1348

In support of earthquake hazards studies and ground motion simulations in the Pacific Northwest, threedimensional (3D) P- and S-wave velocity (VP and VS , respectively) models incorporating the Cascadia subduction zone were previously developed for the region encompassed from about 40.2°N. to 50°N. latitude, and from about 122°W. to 129°W....

Stephenson, William J.; Reitman, Nadine G.; Angster, Stephen J.
Stephenson, W.J., Reitman, N.G., and Angster, S.J., 2017, P- and S-wave velocity models incorporating the Cascadia subduction zone for 3D earthquake ground motion simulations, version 1.6—Update for Open-File Report 2007–1348: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1152, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171152. [Supersedes USGS Open-File Report 2007–1348.]

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Acoustic tag detections of green sturgeon in the Columbia River and Coos Bay estuaries, Washington and Oregon, 2010–11

The Columbia River, in Washington and Oregon, and Coos Bay, in Oregon, are economically important shipping channels that are inhabited by several fishes protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Maintenance of shipping channels involves dredge operations to maintain sufficient in-channel depths to allow large ships to navigate the...

Hansel, Hal C.; Romine, Jason G.; Perry, Russell W.
Hansel, H.C., Romine, J.G., and Perry, R.W., 2017, Acoustic tag detections of green sturgeon in the Columbia River and Coos Bay estuaries, Washington and Oregon, 2010–11: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017-1144, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171144.

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Holocene earthquakes of magnitude 7 during westward escape of the Olympic Mountains, Washington

The Lake Creek–Boundary Creek fault, previously mapped in Miocene bedrock as an oblique thrust on the north flank of the Olympic Mountains, poses a significant earthquake hazard. Mapping using 2015 light detection and ranging (lidar) confirms 2004 lidar mapping of postglacial (&lt;13&#x2009;&#x2009;ka"><13  ka) and Holocene fault...

Nelson, Alan R.; Personius, Stephen; Wells, Ray; Schermer, Elizabeth R.; Bradley, Lee-Ann; Buck, Jason; Reitman, Nadine G.
Alan R. Nelson, Stephen F. Personius, Ray E. Wells, Elizabeth R. Schermer, Lee‐Ann Bradley, Jason Buck, Nadine Reitman; Holocene Earthquakes of Magnitude 7 during Westward Escape of the Olympic Mountains, Washington. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America ; 107 (5): 2394–2415. doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/0120160323

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Hydrologic impacts of landslide disturbances: Implications for remobilization and hazard persistence

Landslides typically alter hillslope topography, but may also change the hydrologic connectivity and subsurface water-storage dynamics. In settings where mobile materials are not completely evacuated from steep slopes, influences of landslide disturbances on hillslope hydrology and susceptibility to subsequent failures remain poorly characterized...

Mirus, Benjamin B.; Smith, Joel B.; Baum, Rex L.
Mirus, BB, JB Smith, RL Baum. 2017. Hydrologic Impacts of Landslide Disturbances: Implications for Remobilization and Hazard Persistence, Water Resources Research, WRCR22885, doi:10.1002/2017WR020842.

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Results of hydrologic monitoring on landslide-prone coastal bluffs near Mukilteo, Washington

A hydrologic monitoring network was installed to investigate landslide hazards affecting the railway corridor along the eastern shore of Puget Sound between Seattle and Everett, near Mukilteo, Washington. During the summer of 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey installed monitoring equipment at four sites equipped with instrumentation to measure...

Smith, Joel B.; Baum, Rex L.; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Michel, Abigail R.; Stark, Ben
Smith, J.B., Baum, R.L., Mirus, B.B., Michel, A.R., and Stark, B., 2017, Results of hydrologic monitoring on landslide-prone coastal bluffs near Mukilteo, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1095, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171095.

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Microfossil measures of rapid sea-level rise: Timing of response of two microfossil groups to a sudden tidal-flooding experiment in Cascadia

Comparisons of pre-earthquake and post-earthquake microfossils in tidal sequences are accurate means to measure coastal subsidence during past subduction earthquakes, but the amount of subsidence is uncertain, because the response times of fossil taxa to coseismic relative sea-level (RSL) rise are unknown. We measured the response of diatoms and...

Horton, B.P.; Milker, Yvonne; Dura, T.; Wang, Kelin; Bridgeland, W.T.; Brophy, Laura S.; Ewald, M.; Khan, Nicole; Engelhart, S.E.; Nelson, Alan R.; Witter, Robert C.
B.P. Horton, Y. Milker, T. Dura, K. Wang, W.T. Bridgeland, L. Brophy, M. Ewald, N.S. Khan, S.E. Engelhart8, A.R. Nelson, and R.C. Witter Y. Milker; T. Dura; K. Wang; W.T. Bridgeland; L. Brophy; M. Ewald; N.S. Khan; S.E. Engelhart; A.R. Nelson; R.C. Witter

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Precipitation thresholds for landslide occurrence near Seattle, Mukilteo, and Everett, Washington

Shallow landslides along coastal bluffs frequently occur in the railway corridor between Seattle and Everett, Washington. These slides disrupt passenger rail service, both because of required track maintenance and because the railroad owner, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, does not allow passenger travel for 48 hours after a disruptive...

Scheevel, Caroline R.; Baum, Rex L.; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Smith, Joel B.
Scheevel, C.R., Baum, R.L., Mirus, B.B., and Smith, J.B., 2017, Precipitation thresholds for landslide occurrence near Seattle, Mukilteo, and Everett, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1039, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171039.

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Effects of experimental removal of barred owls on population demography of northern spotted owls in Washington and Oregon—2016 progress report

Evidence indicates that competition with invasive barred owls (Strix varia) is causing rapid declines in populations of northern spotted owls (S. occidentalis caurina), and that the long-term persistence of spotted owls may be in question without additional management intervention. A pilot study in California showed that removal of barred owls in...

Wiens, J. David; Dugger, Katie M.; Lewicki, Krista E.; Simon, David C.
Wiens, J.D., Dugger, K.M., Lewicki, K.E., and Simon, D.C., 2017, Effects of experimental removal of barred owls on population demography of northern spotted owls in Washington and Oregon—2016 progress report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017-1040, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171040.

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2010-2015 Juvenile fish ecology in the Nisqually River Delta and Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve

The return of tidal inundation to over 750 acres of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (NNWR) in fall of 2009 was the crowning moment in the effort to protect and restore the Nisqually Delta. The Nisqually NWR project complemented three earlier restoration projects completed by the Nisqually...

Hodgson, Sayre; Ellings, Christopher S.; Rubin, Steve P.; Hayes, Michael C.; Duval, Walker; Grossman, Eric E.
Hodgson, S., C.S. Ellings, S.P. Rubin, M.C. Hayes, W. Duval, and E.E. Grossman. 2017. 2010-2015 juvenile fish ecology in the Nisqually River Delta and Nisqually Research Aquatic Reserve. Nisqually Indian Tribe, Department of Natural Resources, Salmon Recovery Program Technical Report No. 2016-1. 40 p.

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Trophic interactions and consumption rates of subyearling Chinook Salmon and nonnative juvenile American Shad in Columbia River reservoirs

We used a large lampara seine coupled with nonlethal gastric lavage to examine the diets and estimate consumption rates of subyearling Chinook Salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha during July and August 2013. During August we also examined the diet and consumption rates of juvenile American Shad Alosa sapidissima, a potential competitor of subyearling...

Haskell, Craig A.; Beauchamp, David A.; Bollins, Stephen M
Haskell, C.A., D.A. Beauchamp, and S.M. Bollens. 2017. Trophic interactions and consumption rates of subyearling Chinook Salmon and nonnative juvenile American Shad in Columbia River reservoirs. Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 146(2): 291-298.

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Map highlighting sampling locations of 339 Northern Spotted Owls used in Miller, et al, 2018
August 2, 2018

Figure 1 from Miller, et al, 2018

Map highlighting sampling locations of 339 Northern Spotted Owls used in Miller, et al, 2018

Girls look at water in bottles
August 1, 2018

GeoGirls_Sediment2

GeoGirls analyze volcanic sediment at the Coldwater Lake outlet.

Girls stand in pond
August 1, 2018

GeoGirls_Core

GeoGirls take core samples at a pond near the Hummocks Trail to study groundwater transport.

overhead view of girls sitting around a table wring on data sheets, samples in plastic tubs cover the table.
July 31, 2018

GeoGirls Examing Tephra Deposits

The GeoGirls examined tephra (ash and pumice) deposits from Mount St. Helens’ eruptive past and learned how to create a stratigraphic column.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
A woman is kneeling on a slightly foggy beach, she is wearing field gear and is examining some of her equipment.
July 26, 2018

Elwha River delta mapping

Diana McCandless of the Washington State Department of Ecology pauses for a moment, on the beach around the point and to the east of the mouth of Elwha River. McCandless is part of a team of scientists from WA State and the USGS who are periodically mapping the delta and beach areas near the mouth of the Elwha River. The scientists are monitoring how sediment is being

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People are wearing wet suits and waders and are holding hand-held computers and backpacks with equipment in them, smiling.
July 25, 2018

Synchronized mapping

USGS and Washington State Department of Ecology scientists are geared up and ready to start a topographic survey at the mouth of the Elwha River, using handheld computers and backpack-mounted GPS equipment. From left to right are Owen Warrick (USGS Volunteer), Jon Warrick (USGS), Andy Ritchie (USGS), Heather Weiner (WA State Dept. of Ecology), Diana McCandless (WA State

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Photo of scientist at loading gel
July 12, 2018

Nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR) for the detection of Rs

Nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR) for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum. Agarose gel electrophoresis is used for size separation and visualization of amplified DNA sequences.

View from high up on a coastal bluff looking at a beach at low tide with some exposed boulders, two people standing on shore.
June 4, 2018

Whidbey Island snapshot west

A pair of video cameras overlook the coast along a beach on Whidbey Island, Island County at the northern boundary of Puget Sound in western Washington. View looks west out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Bald eagle sits atop a leafless tree, overlooking a marshy inlet with farmland in the distance.
May 20, 2018

Bald Eagle in Washington

I spy with my little (eagle-) eye . . .

After a successful beach survey and installation of remote-sensing cameras on a nearby island, scientists Shawn Harrison and Andrew Stevens spotted this bald eagle near the mouth of the Skagit River, Washington.

Wet sand on a beach is rippled in the foreground, with shallow water with rocks and boulders, coastal cliffs in background.
May 19, 2018

Beach on Whidbey Island

View of beach on Whidbey Island, looking south.

Wet sand on a beach has a little shallow water with rocks and boulders, coastal cliffs in background.
May 19, 2018

Beach on Whidbey Island

View of beach on Whidbey Island, looking north.

On a high coastal cliff, a video camera is mounted on a pole and secured to a tree, and down below it's low tide.
May 19, 2018

Whidbey Island Video Cameras

USGS oceanographer Shawn Harrison set up this video camera assemblage up high on a coastal bluff on Whidbey Island, Puget Sound. The cameras are part of the Remote Sensing Coastal Change project and are used to monitor a range of processes including shoreline position, sandbar migration, rip-channel

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bat with left wing spread open
August 24, 2018

Due to a recent detection in Washington state of white-nose syndrome, a deadly bat fungal disease, the National Park Service is interested in the status and distribution of bats within the North Coast and Cascades Network of parks.

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August 6, 2018

Evaluating Innovative Fish Passage Alternatives to Support Upstream Sockeye Salmon Passage

Chinook Salmon
August 2, 2018

An important issue in biodiversity valuation is gaining a better understanding of how biodiversity conservation affects economic activities and human welfare.

Map highlighting sampling locations of 339 Northern Spotted Owls used in Miller, et al, 2018
August 2, 2018

Federal researchers used landscape genetics to evaluate the role that forest connectivity plays in determining genetic connectivity for the federally-threatened northern spotted owl.

8 young women with giant red ballon. snow-covered mountain in background.
July 26, 2018

Twenty-five middle-school girls from Washington and Oregon are participating in the fourth annual “GeoGirls” outdoor volcano science program at Mount St. Helens, jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

An animated GIF of an owl on a tree with a bobbing head going around in a circle.
July 9, 2018

In a study led by the USGS, researchers developed a framework to infer inbreeding rates of Northern Spotted Owls when incomplete parentage information exists.

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July 2, 2018

WFRC Science Takes to the Skies with Unmanned Aerial Systems

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May 29, 2018

Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) to Detect Lamprey

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May 2, 2018

Science Collaboration Brings Dr. Maya Groner to WFRC

poster/flier advertizing open house at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, May 12, 2018
May 1, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

Have you ever wondered what scientists do at a volcano observatory when a volcano is not erupting? There is plenty to accomplish—probably more than you can imagine.

Large snow-covered, cone shaped mountain in background, looming over urban area in foreground
April 30, 2018

May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington, providing residents an opportunity to become more familiar with volcanic risk in their communities and learn about steps they can take to reduce potential impacts.

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