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Oblique aerial photograph looking to the southwest along the southern end of Cedar Island, Virginia
Date Published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this project include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems. Research is part of the National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards...

Photograph showing three mountain goats traversing rocky terrain in Olympic National Park, Washington
Date Published: January 8, 2018

FRESC Olympic Field Station

The Olympic Field Station (OFS) provides scientific research and the technology needed to support sound management and conservation of natural resources. Our primary research focus is on the ecosystems and wildlife of Pacific Northwest national parks, but we also collaborate with other partners to improve understanding of Pacific Northwest ecosystems more broadly. OFS research programs include...

Lake and forest landscape in Mt. Rainier National Park
Date Published: January 2, 2018
Status: Active

FRESC Cascadia Field Station

The FRESC Cascadia Field Station (CFS) provides scientific research needed for management and conservation of natural resources with a focus on the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Research areas include landscape ecology, aquatic ecology, remote sensing, spatial analysis, ecological monitoring, and geographical information science.

Glaciers and Snowpack Study Area
Date Published: December 21, 2017
Status: Active

Glaciers and Snowpack

Glaciers, snow, and ice sheets are important components of the Earth's water and climate. They respond to and indicate changes in climate, as well as exerting an influence on global and regional climate. They also have an effect on water resources, serving as natural reservoirs. Measuring changes in the size and volume of glaciers and snowpacks provides one direct way of knowing what kind of...

Groundwater Geochemical and Selected Volatile Organic Compound Data, Operable Unit 1, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Report Cover
Date Published: December 20, 2017
Status: Active

Navy Investigations and Technical Oversight

The U.S. Navy is conducting environmental work at various sites on Navy installations in Washington, Alaska, and other northwestern states under mandates of the CERCLA and RCRA environmental regulations. This work is generally performed by private firms under contract to the Navy, commonly focusing on small areas near specific waste-disposal or spill sites.

To assist the Navy with the...

Map of Yakima County
Date Published: December 20, 2017
Status: Active

Yakima Nitrates

The Issue: Links between nitrate application to the land surface and measured nitrate concentrations in groundwater or surface water are poorly understood in the Yakima River basin due to the variety of potential nitrate sources. Fertilizer-intensive irrigated agriculture has been prevalent in the basin for decades, and since 1994 the growth of dairy operations has resulted in numerous liquid-...

Elwha River. USGS photo by Dallas Childers
Date Published: December 15, 2017

Elwha-Morse Watershed

Have increased demands for Washington State's ground water and surface water left sufficient stream flows for fish and other uses?

To find out, the state's Watershed Management Act of 1998 (ESHB 2514) confers on local people the responsibility for conducting local watershed planning.

The Elwha-Morse Watershed area was formed out of the western part of Water Resources Inventory...

SR530 OSO Landslide Sediment Transport
Date Published: December 8, 2017
Status: Completed

SR 530 Slide

In the immediate aftermath of the SR530 Landslide, the USGS supported first responders and decision-makers as a key member of the collaborative effort to monitor the stability of the landslide deposit and the associated impoundment of the North Fork Stillaguamish River during rescue operations. With the initial disaster response now over, longer-term questions have arisen regarding the...

WERC technician deploying water level logger
Date Published: October 30, 2017
Status: Active

Ecological Stressors - Rocky Coastlines, Mangroves, Marshes, Droughts, and Storms

Coastal estuaries that contain marshes and mangroves are currently being reshaped by changing ocean and atmospheric conditions through prolong drought, sea-level rise and increased extreme storm events. Many projected increases in sea-level are expected to result in loss of tidal wetlands and their component species. In addition, changing sediment loads, extreme tide and storm events, and...

Contacts: Karen Thorne
WERC Marsh in China Camp
Date Published: October 30, 2017
Status: Active

Supporting Informed Responses to Sea-Level Rise

To facilitate communication and outreach of sea level rise research results and implications, Dr. Karen Thorne and members of USGS WERC are hosting in-person workshops along the Pacific coast at different sites in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Contacts: Karen Thorne
Scientist collecting contents of invertebrate trap in Nisqually River Delta
Date Published: October 30, 2017
Status: Active

Wetland Restoration in the San Francisco Bay Delta and Pacific Northwest

Estuaries and healthy coastal habitats are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth. They provide a variety of benefits, including habitat and food for fish and wildlife, flood and erosion protection, improved water quality, increased carbon sequestration, as well as beautiful scenery and opportunities for recreation.  Along the U.S. Pacific Coast, both the San Francisco Bay estuary and...

Image: Sea Otter Ready for a Nap
Date Published: October 30, 2017
Status: Active

Pacific Nearshore Project

Sea otters are crucial indicators of the health of our nearshore waters and coastal resources, from kelp forests to fisheries. What clues does the sea otter's decline hold for our knowledge of ecosystem and global change? WERC's Dr. Tim Tinker and U.S. and Canadian researchers have teamed together to investigate. 

Relevance to USGS Missions:

This research project has direct...

Contacts: Tim Tinker