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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Year Published: 1985

Test wells in central Washington, 1977 to 1979; description and results

During the period October 1977-March 1979, four wells were added to a network of wells in central Washington State to provide information on potential sources of ground-water supplies from aquifers in the Columbia River Basalt Group and supplemental ground-water data for water-management purposes where they cannot be obtained by other means. Two...

Lum, W.E.; Cline, D.R.
Test wells in central Washington, 1977 to 1979; description and results; 1985; WRI; 83-4259; Lum, W. E.; Cline, D. R.

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Year Published: 1985

The quality of ground water in the principal aquifers of southwestern Washington

The quality of water in major aquifers in southwestern Washington was addressed in terms of inorganic-constituent, trace-metal, and fecal-coliform concentrations. Results of this assessment indicate that the groundwater in southwestern Washington can be characterized as soft to moderately hard with a low concentration of dissolved solids. Nitrate...

Ebbert, J.C.; Payne, K.L.
The quality of ground water in the principal aquifers of southwestern Washington; 1985; WRI; 84-4093; Ebbert, J. C.; Payne, K. L.

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Year Published: 1985

Water-surface elevations for the high tide of December 15, 1977, in the Puget Sound region, Washington

An unusually high oceanic tide on December 15, 1977, caused flooding of lowlying, nearshore parts of western Washington, including several areas in the Puget Sound region. At Seattle, the December 15 high tide of 14.8 feet above MLLW (mean lower low water datum; 8.55 feet above the National Geodetic Vertical Daltum of 1929, or NGVD) was 0.1 foot...

Nelson, L.M.
Water-surface elevations for the high tide of December 15, 1977, in the Puget Sound region, Washington; 1985; WRI; 84-4293; Nelson, L. M.

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Year Published: 1984

Availability of ground water from the alluvial aquifer on the Nisqually Indian Reservation, Washington

A digital model using finite-difference techniques was constructed to simulate ground-water flow in an alluvial aquifer on the Nisqually Indian Reservation. The maximum long-term rate of pumping from individual wells, based on available data, is about 0.75 cubic feet per second (340 gallons per minute). Data on the extent, hydraulic conductivity,...

Lum, W. E.
Availability of ground water from the alluvial aquifer on the Nisqually Indian Reservation, Washington; 1984; WRI; 83-4185; Lum, W. E., II

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Year Published: 1984

Quality of water, Quillayute River basin, Washington

Groundwater in Quillayute River basin is generally of the calcium bicarbonate type, although water from some wells is affected by seawater intrusion and is predominantly of the sodium chloride type. The water is generally of excellent quality for most uses. River-water quality was generally excellent, as evaluated against Washington State water-...

Fretwell, M.O.
Quality of water, Quillayute River basin, Washington; 1984; WRI; 83-4162; Fretwell, M. O.

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Year Published: 1984

Some chemical effects of the Mount St. Helens eruption on selected streams in the State of Washington

During several periods of volcanic-ash eruption at Mount St. Helens, Wash., (March 30, May 25-26, May 30-June 2, and June 12-13, 1980) strong winds from the north occurred at high altitudes. As a result, the volcanic ash fell some 50 miles to the south in the Bull Run watershed, the principal water-supply source for the metropolitan area of...

Klein, John M.
Some chemical effects of the Mount St. Helens eruption on selected streams in the State of Washington; 1984; CIR; 850-E; Klein, John M.

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Year Published: 1984

The Nisqually Glacier, Mount Rainier, Washington, 1857-1979

Nisqually Glacier on Mount Ranier, Washington has a long record of terminus position observations and ice-surface altitude measurements along specific profiles, and has been the topic of numerous scientific studies. From the earliest observations in 1857 to the present many individuals and several different organizations have been involved in data...

Heliker, C.C.; Johnson, Aaron H.; Hodge, S.M.
The Nisqually Glacier, Mount Rainier, Washington, 1857-1979; 1984; OFR; 83-541; Heliker, C. C.; Johnson, A.; Hodge, S. M.

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Year Published: 1984

The quality of ground water in the principal aquifers of northeastern-north central Washington

In 1979 the quality of ground water in major aquifers in northeastern-north central Washington State was assessed in terms of inorganic-chemical, trace-metal, and fecal-coliform concentrations. For the Spokane Valley aquifer some organic-chemical data were also included. Results of this assessment indicate that the ground water in the region is...

Ebbert, J.C.
The quality of ground water in the principal aquifers of northeastern-north central Washington; 1984; WRI; 83-4102; Ebbert, J. C.

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Year Published: 1983

Characteristics of Columbia River sediment following the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980

During several periods of volcanic-ash eruption at Mount St. Helens, Wash., (March 30, May 25-26, May 30-June 2, and June 12-13, 1980) strong winds from the north occurred at high altitudes. As a result, the volcanic ash fell some 50 miles to the south in the Bull Run watershed, the principal water-supply source for the metropolitan area of...

Hubbell, David Wellington; Laenen, Julija M.; McKenzie, Stuart W.
Characteristics of Columbia River sediment following the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980; 1983; CIR; 850-J; Hubbell, David Wellington; Laenen, Julija M.; McKenzie, Stuart W.

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Year Published: 1983

Flood elevations for the Soleduck River at Sol Duc Hot Springs, Clallam County, Washington

Elevations and inundation areas of a 100-year flood of the Soleduck River, Washington, were determined by the U.S. Geological Survey for the area in the vicinity of the Sol Duc Hot Springs resort, a public facility in the Olympic National Park that under Federal law must be located beyond or protected from damage by a 100-year flood. Results show...

Nelson, L.M.
Flood elevations for the Soleduck River at Sol Duc Hot Springs, Clallam County, Washington; 1983; WRI; 83-4083; Nelson, L. M.

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Year Published: 1983

Historical Changes to Lake Washington and Route of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, King County, Washington

Historical shoreline changes to hydrologic characteristics were studied for Lake Washington and the route of Lake Washington Ship Canal. The study is based on comparison of maps made during the period 1875-1907 and modern topographic maps, supplemented with historical documents that describe the once-natural setting of the lakes and streams in the...

Chrzastowski, Michael J.
Historical Changes to Lake Washington and Route of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, King County, Washington; 1983; WRI; 81-1182; Chrzastowski, Michael J.

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Year Published: 1983

Relationships between water quality and phosphorus concentrations for lakes of the Puget Sound region, Washington

Predictive regression relationships between concentrations of total phosphorus (P) in near-surface waters (1m) and water-quality characteristics were developed for lakes in the Puget Sound region. Nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratios support the strategy of emphasizing total P for lake eutrophication assessment within the range of lake conditions...

Gilliom, Robert J.; Bortleson, Gilbert Carl
Relationships between water quality and phosphorus concentrations for lakes of the Puget Sound region, Washington; 1983; OFR; 83-255; Gilliom, Robert J.; Bortleson, Gilbert Carl

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Mount St. Helens crater dome and uplift with new growth, as seen fr...
October 12, 2004

Mount St. Helens crater dome and uplift with new growth. Oct. 2005

Mount St. Helens crater dome and uplift with new growth, as seen from the west. October 2005

Mount St. Helens crater, dome, and plume, as seen from Johnston Rid...
October 11, 2004

Mount St. Helens crater, dome, and plume, as seen from Johnston Rid...

Mount St. Helens crater, dome, and plume, as seen from Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO). October 2005

Growing lava dome within Mount St. Helens' crater as seen from the ...
October 10, 2004

Growing lava dome within Mount St. Helens' crater, Oct. 2005

Growing lava dome within Mount St. Helens' crater as seen from the east. October 2005

Ash collection buckets, installed on the flanks of Mount St. Helens...
October 10, 2004

Ash collection buckets, installed on the flanks of Mount St. Helens...

A USGS scientist is collecting the ash from the bucket, which was taken back to the Cascades Volcano Observatory for analysis. Results help scientists understand more about the eruption that produced the ash and can give insight into what type of eruptions might occur in the future.

View from the south-southeast side of Mount St. Helens lava dome lo...
October 7, 2004

View from the south-SE side of Mount St. Helens lava dome looking a...

View from the south-southeast side of Mount St. Helens lava dome looking at the lava dome (behind) and the uplift of the glacier and south flank of the lava dome (in front).

View from the southeast side of Mount St. Helens lava dome looking ...
October 7, 2004

View from SE side of Mount St. Helens lava dome looking at the upli...

View from the southeast side of Mount St. Helens lava dome looking at the uplift of the glacier and south flank of the lava dome.

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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