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Washington

Washington's Puget Sound is a complex ecosystem directly adjacent to a robust metropolitan area that scientists from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center study. Recent surveys have looked at juvenile surf smelt, a key link in the food web that are consumed by predators such as salmon, orca, and many marine birds. 

Western Fisheries Research Center

Western Fisheries Research Center

Research at the WFRC focuses on the environmental factors responsible for the creation, maintenance, and regulation of fish populations including their interactions in aquatic communities and ecosystems. 

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Washington Water Science Center

Washington Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's mission is to collect, analyze and disseminate the impartial hydrologic data and information needed to wisely manage water resources for the people of the United States and the State of Washington.

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Date published: July 11, 2018
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Koi (Cyprinus carpio koi) - HSL

Species Studied

 Koi (Cyprinus carpio koi)

Date published: July 11, 2018
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Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) - HSL

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Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Date published: July 11, 2018
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Zebrafish (Danio rerio) - HSL

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Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Date published: July 11, 2018
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Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) - HSL

Species Studied

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Date published: July 11, 2018
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Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus) - HSL

Species Studied

Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

Date published: July 11, 2018
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Species Studied - Headquarters, Seattle Laboratory

Fish Species Studied at the Headquarters Seattle Laboratory

Date published: July 10, 2018
Status: Active

Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Research

Snake River fall Chinook salmon were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1992. At that time, little was known about the spawning, rearing, migration, and life history of this species. This long-term research and monitoring project has produced much of the contemporary knowledge on fall Chinook salmon that has been used by fish managers to implement recovery measures. The...

Contacts: Kenneth Tiffan, William Connor
Date published: June 22, 2018
Status: Active

Seattle, WA Landslide Information

More Information on Seattle's Project Impact.

Date published: June 20, 2018
Status: Active

Research - Headquarters, Seattle Laboratory

Investigations cover both basic and applied research aimed at providing scientific information relevant to the needs of federal, tribal, state, and local natural resource managers.

Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

Scientific and Taxonomic Emphases - Headquarters, Seattle Laboratory

Scientific Areas and Taxonomic Groups by Section

Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

About Us - Headquarters, Seattle Laboratory

Mission: The mission of the WFRC is to provide the scientific understand and the innovative technology needed to support sound management and conservation of our nation's natural resources, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems, fisheries biology, and fish health.

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Active

Glaciers and Climate Project

Scientists with the Glaciers and Climate Project study many of the pertinent impacts that glaciers present to society, such as altering hydrologic cycles, contributing to sea-level rise, and creating environmental hazards. 

Contacts: Louis Sass, III
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Date published: January 1, 2017

Vessel-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) data from the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, 2013

Spatial surveys of water column currents were performed between June 14 and 16, 2013, in the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington. These data were collected using an acoustic-doppler current profiler (ADCP).

Date published: January 1, 2017

Topography data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, September 2010

This part of the data release presents topography data from the Elwha River delta collected in September 2010. Topography data were collected on foot with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers mounted on backpacks.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Vegetation habitat units derived from 2013 aerial imagery and field data for the Elwha River estuary, Washington

Estuary vegetation cover delineated from 26 August 2013 0.15-meter-resolution NPS Elwha PlaneCam aerial imagery at a scale of 1:1500.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Vegetation habitat units derived from 2014 aerial imagery and field data for the Elwha River estuary, Washington

Estuary vegetation cover delineated from 28 August 2014 0.15-meter-resolution NPS Elwha PlaneCam aerial imagery at a scale of 1:1500.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Geomorphic habitat units derived from 2011 aerial imagery and elevation data for the Elwha River estuary, Washington

Estuary geomorphic units delineated at a scale of 1:1500 using a combination of (a) 03 September 2011* 0.3 meter resolution Microsoft/Digital Globe aerial imagery; and (b) elevation-colored and hillshaded digital elevation models from USGS backpack/jetski topobathy surveys (25 August 2011) for areas < MHHW and aerial lidar surveys (13-15 April 2012) for elevations >

Date published: January 1, 2017

Nearshore bathymetry data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, September 2013, collected from personal watercraft

This part of the data release presents bathymetry data from the Elwha River delta collected in September 2013 using two personal watercraft (PWCs). The PWCs were equipped with single-beam echosounders and survey-grade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Topography data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, March 2013

This part of the data release presents topography data from the Elwha River delta collected in March 2013. Topography data were collected on foot with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers mounted on backpacks.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Sediment grain size and digital image calibration parameters from the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, 2014

This dataset includes 63 still images extracted from digital video imagery of sediment grab samples, along with laboratory grain size analysis of the sediment grab samples, taken from the mouth of the Columbia River, OR and WA, USA. Digital video was collected in September 2014 in the mouth of the Columbia River, USA, as part of the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Pr

Date published: January 1, 2017

Geomorphic habitat units derived from 2009 aerial imagery and elevation data for the Elwha River estuary, Washington

Estuary geomorphic units delineated at a scale of 1:1500 using a combination of (a) 11 September 2009 1 meter resolution NAIP aerial imagery; and (b) elevation-colored and hillshaded digital elevation models from USGS backpack/jetski topobathy surveys (17 September 2009) for areas < MHHW and aerial lidar surveys (4-6 April 2009) for elevations > MHHW.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry data collected in 2016 for Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park, Washington

In February 2016 the U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in cooperation with North Carolina State University and the National Park Service collected multibeam bathymetry and acoustic-backscatter data in Lake Crescent located in Olympic National Park, Washington. Data were collected using a Reson 7111 multibeam echosounder pole-mounted to the 36-foot USGS R/V Pa...

Date published: January 1, 2017

Digital elevation models (DEMs) of the Elwha River delta, Washington, April 2014

This part of the data release presents a digital elevation model (DEM) derived from bathymetry and topography data of the Elwha River delta collected in April 2014. Two dams on the Elwha River, Washington State, USA trapped over 20 million m3 of sediment, reducing downstream sediment fluxes and contributing to erosion of the river's coastal delta. The removal of the Elwha and Glines C

Date published: January 1, 2017

Topography data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, April 2014

This part of the data release presents topography data from the Elwha River delta collected in April 2014. Topography data were collected on foot with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers mounted on backpacks.

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Review of a model to assess stranding of juvenile salmon by ship wakes along the Lower Columbia River, Oregon and Washington

Long period wake waves from deep draft vessels have been shown to strand small fish, particularly juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tschawytcha, in the lower Columbia River (LCR). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the shipping channel in the LCR and recently conducted dredging operations to deepen the shipping...

Kock, Tobias J.; Plumb, John M.; Adams, Noah S.
Review of a model to assess stranding of juvenile salmon by ship wakes along the Lower Columbia River, Oregon and Washington; 2013; OFR; 2013-1229; Kock, Tobias J.; Plumb, John M.; Adams, Noah S.

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Heterogeneous rupture in the great Cascadia earthquake of 1700 inferred from coastal subsidence estimates

Past earthquake rupture models used to explain paleoseismic estimates of coastal subsidence during the great A.D. 1700 Cascadia earthquake have assumed a uniform slip distribution along the megathrust. Here we infer heterogeneous slip for the Cascadia margin in A.D. 1700 that is analogous to slip distributions during instrumentally recorded great...

Wang, Pei-Ling; Engelhart, Simon E.; Wang, Kelin; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Horton, Benjamin P.; Nelson, Alan R.; Witter, Robert C.
Heterogeneous rupture in the great Cascadia earthquake of 1700 inferred from coastal subsidence estimates; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth; Wang, Pei-Ling ; Engelhart, Simon E.; Wang, Kelin ; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Horton, Benjamin P.; Nelson, Alan R.; Witter, Robert C.

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Seventy-five years of science—The U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Fisheries Research Center

As of January 2010, 75 years have elapsed since Dr. Frederic Fish initiated the pioneering research program that would evolve into today’s Western Fisheries Research Center (WFRC). Fish began his research working alone in the basement of the recently opened Fisheries Biological Laboratory on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. WFRC’s research began...

Wedemeyer, Gary A.
Seventy-five years of science—The U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Fisheries Research Center; 2013; GIP; 149; Wedemeyer, Gary A.

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Capture of white sturgeon larvae downstream of The Dalles Dam, Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, 2012

Wild-spawned white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) larvae captured and reared in aquaculture facilities and subsequently released, are increasingly being used in sturgeon restoration programs in the Columbia River Basin. A reconnaissance study was conducted to determine where to deploy nets to capture white sturgeon larvae downstream of a known...

Parsley, Michael J.; Kofoot, Eric

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Emergence of MD type infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus in Washington State coastal steelhead trout

Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) occurs in North America as 3 major phylogenetic groups designated U, M, and L. In coastal Washington State, IHNV has historically consisted of U genogroup viruses found predominantly in sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka. M genogroup IHNV, which has host-specific virulence for rainbow and steelhead...

Breyta, Rachel; Jones, Amelia; Stewart, Bruce; Brunson, Ray; Thomas, Joan; Kerwin, John; Bertolini, Jim; Mumford, Sonia; Patterson, Chris; Kurath, Gael

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Distribution of Pacific lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus in watersheds of Puget Sound Based on smolt monitoring data

Lamprey populations are in decline worldwide and the status of Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) is a topic of current interest. They and other lamprey species cycle nutrients and serve as prey in riverine ecosystems. To determine the current distribution of Pacific lamprey in major watersheds flowing into Puget Sound, Washington, we...

Hayes, Michael C.; Hays, Richard; Rubin, Stephen P.; Chase, Dorothy M.; Hallock, Molly; Cook-Tabor, Carrie; Luzier, Christina W.; Moser, Mary L.

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The effects of increased stream temperatures on juvenile steelhead growth in the Yakima River Basin based on projected climate change scenarios

Stakeholders within the Yakima River Basin expressed concern over impacts of climate change on mid-Columbia River steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), listed under the Endangered Species Act. We used a bioenergetics model to assess the impacts of changing stream temperatures—resulting from different climate change scenarios—on growth...

Hardiman, Jill M.; Mesa, Matthew G.
The effects of increased stream temperatures on juvenile steelhead growth in the Yakima River Basin based on projected climate change scenarios; 2013; Article; Journal; Climate Change; Hardiman, Jill M.; Mesa, Matthew G.

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Development of a database-driven system for simulating water temperature in the lower Yakima River main stem, Washington, for various climate scenarios

A model for simulating daily maximum and mean water temperatures was developed by linking two existing models: one developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and one developed by the Bureau of Reclamation. The study area included the lower Yakima River main stem between the Roza Dam and West Richland, Washington. To automate execution of the labor-...

Voss, Frank; Maule, Alec
Development of a database-driven system for simulating water temperature in the lower Yakima River main stem, Washington, for various climate scenarios; 2013; OFR; 2013-1010; Voss, Frank; Maule, Alec

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Report A: Fish distribution and population dynamics in Rock Creek, Klickitat County, Washington

The U.S. Geological Survey collaborated with the Yakama Nation starting in fall of 2009 to study the fish populations in Rock Creek, a Washington State tributary of the Columbia River 21 kilometers upstream of John Day Dam. Prior to this study, very little was known about the ESA-listed (threatened) Mid-Columbia River steelhead (Oncorhynchus...

Allen, Brady; Munz, Carrie S.; Harvey, Elaine
Allen, B., C. Munz, and E. Harvey. 2007. Report A: Fish distribution and population dynamics in Rock Creek, Klickitat County, Washington. Pages A11-A78 in Rock Creek fish and habitat assessment for prioritization of restoration and protection actions. June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2013. Prepared by E. Harvey, Yakama Nation Fisheries Resource Management, Goldendale Field Office for the Bonneville Power Administration. Project Number 2007-156-00, Contract Number 56662.

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Alternative barging strategies to improve survival of salmonids transported from Lower Granite Dam: Final report from the 2006-2008 spring/summer Chinook salmon and Steelhead juvenile migrations

In 2011, the final year class of adult salmon Oncorhynchus spp. returned from smolt groups released for a multi-year study to evaluate an alternate release site for transported fish. Smolts were collected and tagged at Lower Granite Dam, transported, and released at the alternate site near Astoria, Oregon (river kilometer 10) or at the traditional...

Marsh, Tiffani M.; Muir, William D.; Sandford, Benjamin P.; Smith, Steven G.; Elliott, Diane G.

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Potential climate-induced runoff changes and associated uncertainty in four Pacific Northwest estuaries

As part of a larger investigation into potential effects of climate change on estuarine habitats in the Pacific Northwest, we estimated changes in freshwater inputs into four estuaries: Coquille River estuary, South Slough of Coos Bay, and Yaquina Bay in Oregon, and Willapa Bay in Washington. We used the U.S. Geological Survey's Precipitation...

Steele, Madeline O.; Chang, Heejun; Reusser, Deborah A.; Brown, Cheryl A.; Jung, Il-Won
Potential climate-induced runoff changes and associated uncertainty in four Pacific Northwest estuaries; 2012; OFR; 2012-1274; Steele, Madeline O.; Chang, Heejun; Reusser, Deborah A.; Brown, Cheryl A.; Jung, Il-Won

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Fish population and habitat analysis in Buck Creek, Washington, prior to recolonization by anadromous salmonids after the removal of Condit Dam

We assessed the physical and biotic conditions in the part of Buck Creek, Washington, potentially accessible to anadromous fishes. This creek is a major tributary to the White Salmon River upstream of Condit Dam, which was breached in October 2011. Habitat and fish populations were characterized in four stream reaches. Reach breaks were based on...

Allen, M. Brady; Burkhardt, Jeanette; Munz, Carrie; Connolly, Patrick J.
Fish population and habitat analysis in Buck Creek, Washington, prior to recolonization by anadromous salmonids after the removal of Condit Dam; 2012; OFR; 2012-1270; Allen, M. Brady; Burkhardt, Jeanette; Munz, Carrie; Connolly, Patrick J.

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Shoreline trap
July 5, 2017

Shoreline trap in Lookout Point Reservoir, OR

Shoreline traps in Lookout Point Reservoir, Oregon.

Juvenile Chinook salmon
July 3, 2017

Juvenile Chinook salmon

Juvenile Chinook salmon on the Middle Fork Willamette River, Oregon.

Satellite images showing landsat 7 and landsat 8 fire images on the western U.S.
June 29, 2017

Fires in the Western United States

On an average day during the fire season, multiple wildfires burn in the western United States. For example, 216 fires were active on July 7, 2017. Firefighters were battling 27 of these fires through ground and air support.

A few of the larger fires in early July were in Arizona, Washington, and Utah. As with many wildfires, 

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June 19, 2017

H1 East Transect – June 2017

Permanent Site: H1 East Transect; Depth: 5.4 Meters (17.6 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 2.4 Kilometers (1.5 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 6 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.1479177,-123.53472865; Site Description: This is a shallow site and one of the farthest removed from the effects of the sediment plume outside of the control sites. Substrate remains mainly

May 19, 2017

H1 East Transect – May 2017

Permanent Site: H1 East Transect; Depth: 5.9 Meters (19.5 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 2.4 Kilometers (1.5 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 6 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.1479177,-123.53472865; Site Description: This is a shallow site and one of the farthest removed from the effects of the sediment plume outside of the control sites. Substrate remains mainly

A geologist remembers the Mount St. Helens eruption 37 years ago...
May 11, 2017

A geologist remembers the Mount St. Helens eruption 37 years ago

Aerial view of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens as seen from the southwest. Columns of ash and volcanic gas reached heights of more than 24 km (80,000 ft) during the eruption.

A geologist remembers the Mount St. Helens eruption 37 years ago...
May 11, 2017

A geologist remembers the Mount St. Helens eruption 37 years ago

USGS geologist Don Swanson (in red) and his colleague, Jim Moore, view a car filled with ash deposits from the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens. Additional photos of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens are posted on the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory website: https://volcanoes

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April 25, 2017

Anadromous Steelhead and resident Rainbow Trout Interactions

This video captures both the resident and anadromous forms of (Oncorhyncus mykiss) Rainbow Trout in a small tributary in the upper Cowlitz River Basin, Washington during spawning season. The male Rainbow Trout exhibits a courting behavior as it quivers against the side of the larger female (HOR) hatchery origin steelhead. The female steelhead carries our implanted radio

Mount St. Helens monitoring station SEP during temporary installati...
April 21, 2017

Mount St. Helens monitoring station SEP during temporary installati...

Mount St. Helens monitoring station SEP during temporary installation of a 20 foot mast to restore data flow after heavy snow buried the site and cut off seismic data transmission.

The fiberglass hut that housed the electronics was crushed under the snow load and will need to be rebuilt summer 2017. The solar panel can be seen sticking out of the hut and is level

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Mount St. Helens monitoring station SEP buried in about 10-15 ft of...
April 21, 2017

Mount St. Helens monitoring station SEP buried in about 10-15 ft of...

Mount St. Helens monitoring station SEP buried in about 10-15 ft of snow. Station stands approximately 8 ft tall and is located to the right of the person in this photo. April 21, 2018

April 21, 2017

H1 East Transect – April 2017

Permanent Site: H1 East Transect; Depth: 5.5 Meters (18.0 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 2.4 Kilometers (1.5 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 6 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.1479177,-123.53472865; Site Description: This is a shallow site and one of the farthest removed from the effects of the sediment plume outside of the control sites. Substrate remains mainly

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November 2, 2015

Western Fisheries Research Center Hosts Visit from U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene

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October 21, 2015

Scientists built upon a recently completed groundwater model of the Yakima River Basin to create a computer simulation that tracks well water back to its likely source area.

Debris flow in channel near Butte Camp, Mount St. Helens, Washingto...
October 19, 2015

The eroded sediments are volcanic deposits on the south-southwest side of the volcano.

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September 22, 2015

A comprehensive report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey provides new knowledge and tools to aid in the management of critical Columbia Plateau resources while coping with declines in groundwater levels and the uncertainties of climate change.

Image: Severe Coastal Erosion During an El Niño Storm
September 21, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storm events leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean, according to a multi-agency study published today in Nature Geoscience.

USGS
September 15, 2015

A new and highly effective approach to control a viral pathogen that affects threatened steelhead trout in an Idaho hatchery is documented in a new paper.

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September 10, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Some of the inner workings of Earth’s subduction zones and their “megathrust” faults are revealed in a paper published today in the journal “Science.” U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeanne Hardebeck calculated the frictional strength of subduction zone faults worldwide, and the stresses they are under.

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September 9, 2015

Climate change has a direct and evident impact on Native American tribal communities by disrupting local economies and traditional cultures. Members of tribes from across the United States will convene at the University of Idaho’s McCall Field Campus in June 2016 for the first-ever National Tribal Climate Boot Camp.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Drought
September 8, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technicians are currently taking measurements from hundreds of streams and rivers across the western United States as part of a low flow study.

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September 3, 2015

Where the Stream Meets the Road: Prioritizing Culvert Replacement for Fish Passage

Image: Seth Moran, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory
August 17, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Seth Moran to serve as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. Moran succeeds John Ewert, who served in the position for the past five years. Moran took the helm on August 9.

Image: Seth Moran, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory
August 17, 2015

Former SIC John Ewert will rotate to a position within the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, focusing on novel approaches to eruption forecasting and updating National Volcano Warning System documents.

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Western Fisheries Research Center

Western Fisheries Research Center

Research at the WFRC focuses on the environmental factors responsible for the creation, maintenance, and regulation of fish populations including their interactions in aquatic communities and ecosystems. 

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Washington Water Science Center

Washington Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's mission is to collect, analyze and disseminate the impartial hydrologic data and information needed to wisely manage water resources for the people of the United States and the State of Washington.

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