Unified Interior Regions

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 25, 2018
Status: Completed

An Annotated Bibliography for Lamprey Habitat in the White Salmon River, Washington

Tribal Relations

An Annotated Bibliography for Lamprey Habitat in the White Salmon River, Washington

Contacts: Jill Hardiman
Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Completed

Steelhead Life History Study in White Creek on the Yakama Nation Reservation

Fishery biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey have teamed with fishery biologists from the Yakama Nation to conduct a life history study of the juvenile steelhead using small electronic tags.

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Rock Creek Fish Population and Life History Assessment (Washington)

The research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, in coordination with the Yakama Nation, is designed to determine stream habitat conditions, fish abundance, and fish life history characteristics such as movement, growth, and distribution.

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Completed

Steelhead and Spring Chinook Adult Spawning Migration Study in the Klickitat River (Washington)

Fishery biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey are cooperating with Yakama Nation fishery biologists and technicians to conduct a migration behavior study of returning adult steelhead and spring Chinook using radio telemetry.

Contacts: Tobias J Kock
Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Tribal Relations - Columbia River Research Laboratory

Tribal Relations

Columbia River Research Laboratory Native American Related Activities

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Northern Pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus oregonensis) - CRRL

Species Studied

Northern Pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus oregonensis)

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

New Zealand Mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) - CRRL

Species Studied

New Zealand Mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) - CRRL

Species Studied

Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) - CRRL

Species Studied

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Asian Carp (Hypophthalmichthys spp.) - CRRL

Species Studied

Asian Carp (Hypophthalmichthys spp.)

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

American Shad (Alosa sapidissima) - CRRL

Species Studied

American Shad (Alosa sapidissima)

Date published: July 25, 2018
Status: Active

Amur Goby (Rhinogobius brunneus) - CRRL

Species Studied

Amur Goby (Rhinogobius brunneus)

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Date published: December 22, 2017

Streamflow Observation Points in the Pacific Northwest, 1977-2016

This dataset includes spatial locations in the Pacific Northwest where streamflow observations were recorded. For the purpose of this investigation, all streamflow observations were converted into wet or dry indicator values.

Date published: November 28, 2017

Data collected in 2008-2014 to assess nearshore subtidal community responses to increased sediment load during removal of the Elwha River dams, Washington State, USA

Data are time series of substrate grain size, remotely sensed water column turbidity, and measures of abundance (e.g., density, percent cover) of the nearshore subtidal (3-17 m depth) benthic community (vegetation, invertebrates, and fish) collected before (2008-2011) and during dam removal (2012-2014).

Date published: November 22, 2017

Forest harvest patterns on private lands in the Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA

To investigate the rates, causes, and spatial and temporal patterns of forest harvest on private tracts throughout the Cascade Mountains, we relied on a new generation of annual land-use/land-cover (LULC) products created from the application of the Continuous Change Detection and Classification (CCDC) algorithm to Landsat satellite imagery collected from 1985 to 2014.

Date published: November 17, 2017

Groundwater data for Washington

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in Washington; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Groundwater level data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Date published: November 17, 2017

Water-quality data for Washington

Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment, and tissue samples from Washington. Water-quality data are collected as either discrete field measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders that continuously record physical and chemical characteristics including pH, specific conductance, temperature, and dissolved oxygen.

Date published: October 1, 2017

Water-use data for Washington

Water-use data is collected by area type (state, county, watershed, or aquifer) and source (such as rivers or groundwater), and category (such as public supply or irrigation). Water-use data has been reported every five years since 1985. The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies as well as academic and private organizations to collect and report withdrawals.

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Date published: September 1, 2017

NWIS Mapper

This mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected.

Date published: August 11, 2017

Ecological parameters in the Elwha River estuary before and during dam removal

The Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were removed from the Elwha River in Washington State from 2011 to 2014. We collected data for a variety of metrics in the estuary and on the river delta before (2006-2011) and during (2012-2014) dam removal to assess how increased sediment transport and deposition affected habitats, vegetation, invertebrates, and fish.

Date published: August 1, 2017

USGS StreamStats for Washington

StreamStats is a Web application that incorporates a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for a variety of water-resources planning and management purposes, and for engineering and design purposes.

Date published: June 30, 2017

Oceanographic measurements and hydrodynamic modeling of the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, 2013

experiment to investigate the hydrodynamics of the mouth of the Columbia River (MCR). The field experiment consisted of the collection of continuous oceanographic data at three moorings, shipboard surveys and Lagrangian drifter deployments to characterize spatial variability in hydrodynamics and water properties, and hydrographic surveys to characterize seafloor morphology in the MCR.

Date published: June 1, 2017

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

In February 2016, the USGS 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. These data were collected to support geologic hazard studies within the lake including mapping submarine landslides and faulting...

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Pedestrian flow-path modeling to support tsunami evacuation and disaster relief planning in the U.S. Pacific Northwest

Successful evacuations are critical to saving lives from future tsunamis. Pedestrian-evacuation modeling related to tsunami hazards primarily has focused on identifying areas and the number of people in these areas where successful evacuations are unlikely. Less attention has been paid to identifying evacuation pathways and population demand at...

Wood, Nathan J.; Jones, Jeanne M.; Schmidtlein, Mathew; Schelling, John; Frazier, T.
Wood, N., Jones, J., Schmidtlein, M., Schelling, J., and T. Frazier, 2016, Pedestrian flow-path modeling to support tsunami evacuation and disaster relief planning in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 18: 41-55.

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Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

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Angler harvest, hatchery return, and tributary stray rates of recycled adult summer steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in the Cowlitz River, Washington

Hatchery ‘recycling’ programs have been used to increase angling opportunities by re-releasing fish into a river after they returned to a hatchery or fish trap. Recycling is intended to increase opportunities for fishermen, but this strategy could affect wild fish populations if some recycled fish remain in the river and interact with...

Kock, Tobias J.; Perry, Russell W.; Gleizes, Chris; Dammers, Wolf; Liedtke, Theresa L.
Kock, T.J., R.W. Perry, C. Gleizes, W. Dammers, and T.L. Liedtke. 2016. Angler harvest, hatchery return, and tributary stray rates of recycled adult summer steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in the Cowlitz River, Washington. River Res. Appl. (Online first).

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Salmon and steelhead in the White Salmon River after the removal of Condit Dam–Planning efforts and recolonization results

Condit Dam, at river kilometer 5.3 on the White Salmon River, Washington, was breached in 2011 and completely removed in 2012. This action opened habitat to migratory fish for the first time in 100 years. The White Salmon Working Group was formed to create plans for fish salvage in preparation for fish recolonization and to prescribe the actions...

Allen, Brady; Engle, Rod O; Zendt, Joseph S; Shrier, Frank C; Wilson, Jeremy T; Connolly, Patrick J.
Allen, M.B. , R.O. Engle, J.S. Zendt, F.C. Shrier, J.T. Wilson, and P.J. Connolly. 2016. Salmon and steelhead in the White Salmon River after the removal of Condit Dam – planning efforts and recolonization results. Fisheries 41(4): 190-203.

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Relationships between diatoms and tidal environments in Oregon and Washington, USA

A new regional dataset comprising 425 intertidal diatom taxa from 175 samples from 11 ecologically diverse Oregon and Washington estuaries illustrates the importance of compiling a large modern dataset from a range of sites. Cluster analyses and detrended correspondence analysis of the diatom assemblages identify distinct vertical zones within...

Sawai, Yuki; Horton, Benjamin P.; Kemp, Andrew C.; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Nagumo, Tamostsu; Nelson, Alan R.

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Effects of experimental removal of barred owls on population demography of northern spotted owls in Washington and Oregon—2015 progress report

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

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., 2016, Effects of experimental removal of barred owls on population demography of northern spotted owls in Washington and Oregon—2015 progress report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1041, 16 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161041.

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Geologic map of the Sauvie Island quadrangle, Multnomah and Columbia Counties, Oregon, and Clark County, Washington

Introduction The Sauvie Island 7.5' quadrangle is situated in the Puget-Willamette Lowland northwest of downtown Portland, Oreg. This lowland, which extends from Puget Sound to west-central Oregon, is a complex structural and topographic trough between the Coast Range and the Cascade Range. Since late Eocene time, the Cascade Range has been the...

Evarts, Russell C.; O'Connor, Jim; Cannon, Charles M.
Evarts, R.C., O'Connor, J.E., and Cannon, C.M., 2016, Geologic map of the Sauvie Island quadrangle, Multnomah and Columbia Counties, Oregon, and Clark County, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3349, scale 1:24,000, pamphlet 34 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3349.

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High-resolution seismic reflection imaging of growth folding and shallow faults beneath the Southern Puget Lowland, Washington State

Marine seismic reflection data from southern Puget Sound, Washington, were collected to investigate the nature of shallow structures associated with the Tacoma fault zone and the Olympia structure. Growth folding and probable Holocene surface deformation were imaged within the Tacoma fault zone beneath Case and Carr Inlets. Shallow faults near...

Odum, Jackson K.; Stephenson, William J.; Pratt, Thomas L.; Blakely, Richard J.

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Feeding ecology of non-native Siberian prawns, Palaemon modestus (Heller, 1862) (Decapoda, Palaemonidae), in the lower Snake River, Washington, U.S.A.

We used both stomach content and stable isotope analyses to describe the feeding ecology of Siberian prawns Palaemon modestus (Heller, 1862), a non-native caridean shrimp that is a relatively recent invader of the lower Snake River. Based on identifiable prey in stomachs, the opossum shrimp Neomysis mercedis Holmes, 1896 comprised up to 34-55% (by...

Tiffan, Kenneth F.; Hurst, William
Tiffan, K., and W.R. Hurst. Feeding ecology of non-native Siberian prawns, Palaemon modestus (Heller, 1862) (Decapoda, Palaemonidae), in the lower Snake River, Washington, U.S.A. Crustaceana, 89(6-7): 721-736.

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Effects of dam removal on Tule Fall Chinook salmon spawning habitat in the White Salmon River, Washington

Condit Dam is one of the largest hydroelectric dams ever removed in the USA. Breached in a single explosive event in October 2011, hundreds-of-thousands of cubic metres of sediment washed down the White Salmon River onto spawning grounds of a threatened species, Columbia River tule fall Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. We investigated over...

Hatten, James R.; Batt, Thomas R.; Skalicky, Joseph J.; Engle, Rod; Barton, Gary J.; Fosness, Ryan L.; Warren, Joe
Hatten, J.R., T.R. Batt, J.J. Skalicky, R. Engle, G. J. Barton, R.L. Fosness, and J. Warren. 2015. Effects of dam removal on tule fall Chinook Salmon spawning habitat in the White Salmon River, Washington. River Res. Appl. (Early View).

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Collapse risk of buildings in the Pacific Northwest region due to subduction earthquakes

Subduction earthquakes similar to the 2011 Japan and 2010 Chile events will occur in the future in the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest. In this paper, nonlinear dynamic analyses are carried out on 24 buildings designed according to outdated and modern building codes for the cities of Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The...

Raghunandan, Meera; Liel, Abbie B.; Luco, Nicolas

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Kelp, cobbles, and currents: Biologic reduction of coarse grain entrainment stress

Models quantifying the onset of sediment motion do not typically account for the effect of biotic processes because they are difficult to isolate and quantify in relation to physical processes. Here we investigate an example of the interaction of kelp (Order Laminariales) and coarse sediment transport in the coastal zone, where it is possible to...

Masteller, Claire C; Finnegan, Noah J; Warrick, Jonathan; Miller, Ian M.
66. Masteller, C.C., N.J. Finnegan, J.A. Warrick, and I.M. Miller, 2015, Kelp, cobbles, and currents: Biologic reduction of coarse grain entrainment stress. Geology, v. 43, no. 6, p. 543-546.

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View from the air looking down on a river where it meets the ocean, with many small channels in the sediment deposited there.
March 12, 2018

Elwha River mouth

Orthophoto of the mouth of the Elwha River in Washington. The orthophoto was compiled from images collected with a Ricoh GR camera operating at 2-second intervals and mounted on a Cessna 172 piloted by Rite Bros. Aviation. Images were processed by Andy Ritchie (USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) using structure-from-motion techniques.

View from the sky of a river surrounded by a heavily forested area and winding through a bare section that used to be a lake.
March 12, 2018

Former Elwha Dam and Lake Aldwell post dam removal

Orthophoto (GigaPan) of the former Elwha Dam and former Lake Aldwell, on the Elwha River, Washington, compiled from ultra high-resolution images collected with a Ricoh GR camera operating at 2-second intervals, mounted on a Cessna 172 piloted by Rite Bros. Aviation and processed using Structure-from-Motion techniques. The dam removal project was completed in 2012 as part

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View from the sky of a river surrounded by a heavily forested area and winding through a bare section that used to be a lake.
March 12, 2018

Glines Canyon Dam and Lake Mills post dam removal

Orthophoto (GigaPan) of the former Glines Canyon Dam and former Lake Mills, on the Elwha River, Washington, compiled from ultra high-resolution images collected with a Ricoh GR camera operating at 2-second intervals, mounted on a Cessna 172 piloted by Rite Bros. Aviation and processed using Structure-from-Motion techniques. The dam removal project was completed in 2014 as

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Spread plate procedure for quantitative culture Renibacterium salmoninarum
February 13, 2018

WFRC Quantitative Culture for Renibacterium salmoninarum Image 2

Spread plate procedure for quantitative culture Renibacterium salmoninarum from fish tissue or ovarian fluid.

December 31, 2017

Listen to Earthquakes

Seismometers record vibrations from a wide assortment of ground motion events. Each event type has a distinctive ground-motion signal with unique frequency and amplitude—its own seismic signature. Seismologists are trained to identify the source of seismic events seen on a webicorder based on its ‘seismic signature’. Although most ground vibrations have a frequency too low

Mount St. Helens as viewed from the ENE....
December 5, 2017

Mount St. Helens as viewed from the ENE.

Mount St. Helens, as viewed from the East-Northeast. The inside of the crater rim is just visible in the upper right of the mountain.

Researcher works at microscope
November 15, 2017

Researcher works at microscope in Histology Lab

Tissue sections are mounted on glass slides, stained and examined with a microscope that magnifies cellular details up to 2,000 times with brightfield or fluorescence imaging. Microscopes are used in our research to understand the pathological changes caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Additionally, microscopic abnormalities due to

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qPCR for the detection of Rs
November 7, 2017

WFRC qPCR for detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum Image 1

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) assay for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum DNA. A nucleic acid sequence detection system is shown.

qPCR for the detection of Rs
November 7, 2017

WFRC qPCR for detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum Image 2

Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum DNA. Observation of qPCR results on the screen of a sequence detection system.

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USGS science for a changing world
August 14, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey awarded approximately $4.9 million this week to six universities and a university-governed non-profit, to support transitioning the west coast “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system into a production system.

Girls points to a location on a map laying on the ground.
July 27, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

Twenty-five middle-school girls from 11 cities in Washington and Oregon are participating in the third annual “GeoGirls” outdoor volcano science program at Mount St. Helens, jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

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July 20, 2017

In Memoriam - Dr. William "Dave" Woodson, 1956-2017

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July 12, 2017

Dr. Diane Elliott Retires After Long Distinguished Career

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June 15, 2017

Exploring the Role of Non-Native American Shad in the Columbia River Basin

Flooding in the Western Swinomish Reservation
June 12, 2017

For the Swinomish people of northwestern Washington, water is life. But this symbiotic relationship between man and nature has been disrupted, and increasingly threatened, by sea-level rise and changes in Northwestern storm and rainfall patterns.

Image shows several insets against the backdrop of Mount St. Helens erupting
May 18, 2017

Today, in 1980, Mount St. Helens unleashed the most devastating eruption in U.S. history. Two years later, USGS founded the Cascades Volcano Observatory to monitor Mount St. Helens and all the Cascades Volcanoes.

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May 15, 2017

Dr. Jim Winton Retires After Long Distinguished Career

Large snow-covered, cone shaped mountain in background, looming over urban area in foreground
May 1, 2017

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

Earthquake Early Warning: Vital for City Transit
April 6, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey along with university, state and private-sector partners will highlight the rollout of Version 1.2 of the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system on April 10, 2017.

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April 4, 2017

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

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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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