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Trends in Streamflow and Comparisons With Instream Flows Report Cover
Date Published: January 6, 2004
Status: Completed

GW/SW Interactions

Knowing the interactions of ground water and river water can help reduce the fluctuation of water supplies in alluvial (sediment-deposit) river basins.

To develop general principles of these interactions in order to identify and analyze them, the USGS is reviewing the results of the numerous studies of these interactions in Pacific Northwest basins. The review will describe common...

Estimating the Probability of Elevated Nitrate Concentrations Report Cover
Date Published: January 6, 2004
Status: Completed

Columbia Basin GWMA

More than 80 percent of drinking water in the mid-Columbia Basin comes from ground water. In Adams, Franklin, and Grant Counties, nitrate concentrations in water from about 20 percent of all drinking-water wells exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level for nitrate. The three counties jointly formed the Columbia Basin Ground Water Management Area (GWMA) in...

Contacts: Lonna M Frans
Salmon Swimming
Date Published: January 5, 2004
Status: Completed

Geomorphic Mapping, Dosewallips River

Located on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, the Dosewallips River drains about 100 square miles into Dabob Bay, an arm of Hood Canal. The Dosewallips is home to two species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Puget Sound chinook and Hood Canal summer chum.

To help the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe protect and enhance the aquatic habitat of the...

Contacts: Joseph Jones
Analysis of Sensitivity of Simulated Recharge Report Cover
Date Published: January 4, 2004
Status: Completed

GW Recharge

Hydrologists increasingly rely on computer watershed models to estimate groundwater recharge from precipitation on a regional scale. The model parameters used in simulations of recharge are various climatic, hydrologic, and physical characteristics of a watershed or stream basin. To date, the watershed models have not been evaluated to determine which model parameters are the dominant controls...

Sources of Mercury in Sediments, Water, and Fish Report Cover
Date Published: January 3, 2004
Status: Completed

Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom, a large, natural lake in Whatcom County, is a source of drinking water for about 86,000 in the Bellingham area and a place for recreation. Elevated levels of mercury have been found in fish and sediment sampled from the lake. Possible sources of the mercury include atmospheric deposition, tributary discharges, landfills, dumpsites, and local mining operations.

To serve the...

Columbia Basin Irrigation
Date Published: January 1, 2004
Status: Completed

Columbia Basin Irrigation

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in its 2000 Biological Opinion for the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project (CBIP) in eastern Washington, asked for a determination of whether pesticides are present in irrigation return flows at levels that may harm or adversely affect salmon and steelhead species listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. As the major resource manager...

Contacts: Robert W Black
Mount Rainier
Date Published: January 6, 2003
Status: Completed

Puget Hazards

Nationally, the USGS monitors and assesses geologic and hydrologic natural hazards. In the Puget Sound Basin, common hazards that also can cause damage include earthquakes and floods. Other hazards in the region that cause less damage or happen less frequently include landslides, debris flows, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.

Although much is known about these natural hazards,...

Contacts: Joseph Jones
Methow River Basin
Date Published: January 5, 2003
Status: Completed

Methow River Basin

The Methow River Basin, located in North Central Washington in Okanogan County, is well known for its natural beauty, wildlife, outdoor recreation, and rural lifestyle. The Methow River and its tributaries are home to upper Columbia summer steelhead and spring Chinook salmon, which are both listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and bull trout, which is listed as...

Groundwater Pesticides
Date Published: January 3, 2003
Status: Completed

Groundwater Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a rule requiring States to have a formal plan for the pesticides atrazine, simazine, alachlor, metolachlor, and other pesticides of concern in order to continue using them.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the lead agency for a pesticide plan for Washington, will need an assessment of ground-water...

Contacts: Robert W Black
Island County
Date Published: January 2, 2003
Status: Completed

Island County

Island County consists of two major islands, Whidbey and Camano, and lies in northern Puget Sound, north of Seattle. Whidbey Island has an area of about 165 square miles and Camano Island an area of about 45 square miles, for a total area of about 210 square miles. Ground water is the primary source of water on the islands, and the ground-water system is fairly well understood, due in part to...

Subbase Bangor
Date Published: January 1, 2003
Status: Completed

SUBASE Bangor

SUBASE Bangor is a 6,785 acre Navy installation located on Hood Canal in Kitsap County, Washington. Currently it serves as the home port to eight Ohio-class TRIDENT missile submarines, but historically the site served as a Naval Ammunition Depot. As a result of the historical activities at Bangor, numerous contaminated sites have been identified. Contaminants include ordnance chemicals, trace...

Sammamish River Basin
Date Published: January 15, 2002
Status: Completed

Sammamish River Basin

Understanding the extent of contaminants in urban rivers is key to assessment of human health risks and the restoration of endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest. This equally true for the Sammamish River Basin in northeast King County, Washington, where a new wastewater treatment plant is being considered by King County. Information is needed about the water quality of the Sammamish River...

Contacts: Lonna M Frans
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Year Published: 2006

Coastal habitats in Puget Sound: A research plan in support of the Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership

The purpose of this research plan is to identify high-priority research goals and objectives and delineate the critical questions and information gaps that need to be addressed to provide natural-resource managers and policy- and decisionmakers with tools to effectively undertake restoration planning and adaptive management of the nearshore...

Gelfenbaum, Guy; Mumford, Tom; Brennan , Jim; Case, Harvey; Dethier, Megan; Fresh, Kurt; Goetz, Fred; van Heeswijk, Marijke; Leschine, Thomas M.; Logsdon, Miles; Myers, Doug; Newton, Jan; Shipman, Hugh; Simenstad, Charles A.; Tanner, Curtis; Woodson, David

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Year Published: 2006

Estimates of ground-water pumpage from the Yakima River Basin aquifer system, Washington, 1960-2000

Ground-water pumpage in the Yakima River Basin, Washington, was estimated for eight categories of use for 1960-2000 as part of an investigation to assess groundwater availability in the basin. Methods used, pumpage estimates, reliability of the estimates, and a comparison with appropriated quantities are described. The eight categories of pumpage...

Vaccaro, J.J.; Sumioka, S.S.

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Year Published: 2006

Survival estimates of migrant juvenile Salmonids through Bonneville Dam using radio telemetry, 2004

During 2004, the USGS evaluated the survival of radio-tagged yearling and subyearling Chinook salmon and steelhead trout through the ice and trash sluiceway and the minimum gap runner (MGR) turbine unit at Bonneville Dam’s powerhouse 1. Survival was estimated using paired release-recapture models with paired releases made directly into these...

Counihan, Timothy D.; Hardiman, Jill; Walker, Chris ; Puls, Amy; Holmberg , Glen

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Year Published: 2006

Effects of hydropower operations on spawning habitat, rearing habitat, and stranding/entrapment mortality of Fall Chinook Salmon in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River

No abstract available.

Anglin, Donald R.; Haeseker, Steven L.; Skalicky, Joseph J.; Schaller, Howard; Tiffan, Kenneth F.; Hatten, James R.; Hoffarth, Paul; Nugent, John; Benner, David; Yoshinaka, Marv

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Year Published: 2006

Behavior of White Sturgeon near hydroprojects and fishways

During March 2004 through November 2005, white sturgeon movements were monitored at The Dalles Dam to characterize their distribution and movements in the immediate vicinity of the dam and to determine timing and routes of passage. A combination of radio and acoustic telemetry technologies were used to detect tagged fish within fishways and at...

Parsley, M.J.; Wright, C.D.; Van Der Leeuw, B. K.; Kofoot, E.E.; Perry, C.A.; Moser, M.L.

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Year Published: 2006

Shallow-landslide hazard map of Seattle, Washington

Landslides, particularly debris flows, have long been a significant cause of damage and destruction to people and property in the Puget Sound region. Following the years of 1996 and 1997, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Seattle as a 'Project Impact' city with the goal of encouraging the city to become more disaster...

Harp, Edwin L.; Michael, John A.; Laprade, William T.
Shallow-landslide hazard map of Seattle, Washington; 2006; OFR; 2006-1139; Harp, Edwin L.; Michael, John A.; Laprade, William T.

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Year Published: 2006

Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound (CHIPS)

Shipley, Frank; Haines, John
Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound (CHIPS); 2006; FS; 2006-3081; Shipley, Frank; Haines, John

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Year Published: 2006

Survival estimates of migrant juvenile salmonids through Bonneville Dam using radio telemetry, 2005

During 2005, we evaluated the survival of radio-tagged yearling and subyearling Chinook salmon and steelhead trout through the Bonneville Dam spillway, powerhouses 1 and 2, the corner collector and juvenile bypass system (JBS) at powerhouse 2, and through all routes collectively using the route-specific survival model. Radio-tagged fish were...

Counihan, Timothy D.; Hardiman, Jill M.; Walker, Chris ; Puls, Amy; Holmberg , Glen

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Year Published: 2006

Effects of summer flow augmentation on the migratory behavior and survival of juvenile Snake River fall Chinook salmon. Annual report 2005

This report summarizes results of research activities conducted in 2004 and years previous to aid in the management and recovery of fall Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha in the Columbia River basin. For detailed summaries, we refer the reader to the abstracts given on the second page of each chapter. The Annual Reporting section includes...

Tiffan, Kenneth F.; Connor, William P.

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White sturgeon mitigation and restoration in the Columbia and Snake rivers upstream from Bonneville Dam, Annual Progress Report April 2004 - March 2005. Report C

River discharge and water temperatures that occurred during April through July 2004 provided conditions suitable for spawning by white sturgeon downstream from Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, and McNary dams. Optimal spawning temperatures in the four tailraces occurred for 3-4 weeks and coincided with the peak of the river hydrograph. However,...

Parsley, M.J.; Kofoot, P.

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Specific-Pathogen-Free Pacific herring
September 29, 2014

Specific-Pathogen-Free Pacific herring

Different size and age classes of experimental Specific-Pathogen-Free Pacific herring reared at the Marrowstone Marine Field Station.

USGS researchers use geophysical methods to locate groundwater at M...
September 15, 2014

Locate groundwater at Mount St. Helens

USGS researcher Jeff Wynn monitors in-coming data at the CSAMT (Controlled-Source Audio-Magnetotellurics ) receiver site on Mount St. Helens. The data will be used to locate the top of the groundwater system beneath the site.

Elwha River mouth during dam removal
September 3, 2014

Elwha River mouth during dam removal

Aerial photograph of the mouth of the Elwha River showing sediment deposits from dam removal. Aerial assistance by LightHawk and plane piloted by Dr. Milton Bennett.

Glines Canyon Dam removal
September 3, 2014

Glines Canyon Dam removal

Aerial photograph of the Elwha River flowing through the remains of the Glines Canyon Dam during the 3rd year of the dam removal project. Aerial assistance by LightHawk and plane piloted by Dr. Milton Bennett.

A muddy river in the background flows into a clear river in the foreground.
August 31, 2014

The confluence of the Suiattle River (muddy river) into the Sauk River

The confluence of the Suiattle River (muddy river) into the Sauk River. 

Monitoring station inside the crater of Mount St. Helens "sniffs" v...
August 26, 2014

MultiGAS monitoring station inside crater of Mount St. Helens

The new volcanic-gas monitoring station installed at Mount St. Helens consists of weather monitoring equipment and sensors for measuring the concentrations of water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in volcanic gas plumes. Inside the fiberglass hut is the gas-monitoring equipment, a radio to send data back to the Cascades

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Taking kidney samples from adult female Chinook salmon
August 24, 2014

Taking kidney samples from adult female Chinook salmon

Connie McKibben and Carla Conway (USGS) taking kidney samples from adult female Chinook salmon for detection and quantification of Renibacterium salmoninarum (Rs) in the fish, while Joy Evered observes.  Dr. Evered is a USFWS Veterinary Medical Officer and the USFWS Project Officer for this research project.

August 17, 2014

A2 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: A2 East Transect; Depth: 12.6 Meters (Feet 41.5); Distance from river mouth: Kilometers 1.8 (1.1 Miles); Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.14130295, -123.58766124; Site Description: One of our deeper sites at over 40 feet. Sediment is primarily sand/sandy mud. Seaweeds are absent again this year. The sandy substrate is covered in

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August 17, 2014

F2 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: F2 West Transect; Depth: 11.8 Meters (38.6 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 1.5 Kilometers (0.9 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.15672004,-123.55036603; Site Description: Substrate is mainly a gravel - cobble mixture with an occasional boulder. Some seaweed has returned. Larger reds are present (0:43, 0:59 seconds)

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August 17, 2014

A2 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: A2 West Transect; Depth: 12.6 Meters (Feet 41.5); Distance from river mouth: Kilometers 1.8 (1.1 Miles); Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.14130295, -123.5883331; Site Description: One of our deeper sites at over 40 feet. Sediment is primarily sand/sandy mud with scattered boulders. Seaweeds are absent except for a couple Agarum

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Recording data for female spring Chinook salmon
August 17, 2014

Recording data for female spring Chinook salmon

Dr. Wendy Olson, USFWS biologist (orange rain pants) records data for female spring Chinook salmon being spawned at the hatchery. Among the data recorded are fin clips designating treatment groups for the research project (erythromycin treatment, tulathromycin treatment, or no treatment).

August 17, 2014

F2 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: F2 East Transect; Depth: 11.9 Meters (39.1 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 1.5 Kilometers (0.9 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.15672004,-123.54969397; Site Description: Substrate is mainly a gravel - cobble mixture with an occasional boulder. Some seaweed has returned. Larger reds are present (0:33, 2:08 seconds)

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USGS science for a changing world logo
July 14, 2009

A helicopter will be flying at low altitudes over parts of Spokane and Whitman counties July 15 as part of U.S. Geological Survey scientists' efforts to gauge Osprey reproductive success. The flight, operated under contract to the USGS, is flying over the nests of a large fish-eating hawk, called an Osprey.

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July 10, 2009

The Coast Salish Tribal Nation and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will paddle to study and help improve the Salish Sea environment during their second Tribal Journey together on July 20 – August 3.

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May 28, 2009

Biologists today confirmed the first sightings of newborn fishers in Washington State since restoration of the state-endangered species began two years ago. Photographs downloaded from an automated camera placed deep in the Olympic National Park wilderness show a female fisher carrying four kits down a large snag.

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May 12, 2009

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Tribal Journey Paddle to Suquamish Aug. 3-8. Access videos, photos and more from the 2008 journey.

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May 6, 2009

Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed May as Volcano Awareness Month in Washington State. Scientists, safety officials and educators are encouraged to discuss the hazards of volcanoes in their communities.

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January 26, 2009

Sea-level rise, severe winter storms, salmon populations, carbon sequestration, invasive plants, and migratory birds are among the many issues of concern to natural resource managers that are affected by changing climate. Climate change and its impact on coastal ecosystems is the focus of a 2-day workshop that will bring together more than 450 scientists and policy-makers.

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January 22, 2009

The latest climate-change science and how it can be used by natural resource agencies is the focus of a two-day workshop January 29-30 in San Francisco.

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January 20, 2009

Fifteen fishers were released yesterday within the Skokomish, Hoh, and Queets valleys of Olympic National Park, bringing the total number of reintroduced animals to 47. Access limitations caused by recent snow and floods created logistical challenges for the people involved, but apparently not for the fishers as they bounded from their cages and ran into the forest.

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December 18, 2008

Dr. Julio Betancourt, a U.S. Geological Survey senior scientist, was recently awarded a prestigious 2008 Presidential Rank Award. Betancourt, who has conducted groundbreaking research in how climate variability affects ecosystems, is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he received his graduate degrees.

 

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December 17, 2008

Collaborative Project Enters Its Second Year as 15 More Animals Join Population Reintroduced Last Winter

At least 15 fishers will be released at remote sites within the Elwha, Sol Duc and Hoh valleys of Olympic National Park this weekend, adding to the fisher population that was reintroduced last winter and moving closer to the goal of establishing an initial population of 100 animals.

 

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December 16, 2008

The Willamette, a large river associated with 70 percent of the population of Oregon, is getting cleaner in regard to some persistent toxic pollutants that are a legacy of past management practices. A 257-mile portion of the Columbia River between Umatilla, Oregon, and Skamokawa, Washington, is also showing a similar trend.

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October 29, 2008

The Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed a quarter million lives was not the first nor last of its kind, according to reports in the October 30 issue of the scientific journal Nature.