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: 1967

Evaluation of seepage from Chester Morse Lake and Masonry Pool, King County, Washington

Hydrologic data collected in the Cedar and Snoqualmie River basins on the west slope of the Cascade Range have been analyzed to determine the amount of water lost by seepage from Chester Morse Lake and Masonry Pool and the. consequent gain by seepage to the Cedar and South Fork Snoqualmie Rivers. For water years 1957-64, average losses were about...

Hidaka, F.T.; Garrett, Arthur Angus
Evaluation of seepage from Chester Morse Lake and Masonry Pool, King County, Washington; 1967; WSP; 1839-J; Hidaka, F. T.; Garrett, Arthur Angus.

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Year Published: 1967

Municipal, industrial, and irrigation water use in Washington, 1965

Laird, L.B.; Walters, K.L.
Municipal, industrial, and irrigation water use in Washington, 1965; 1967; OFR; 67-142; Laird, L. B.; Walters, K. L.

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Year Published: 1966

Surface- and ground-water conditions during 1959-61 in a part of the Flett Creek basin, Tacoma, Washington

Veatch, Fred M.; Kimmel, Grant E.; Johnston, Earle A.
Surface- and ground-water conditions during 1959-61 in a part of the Flett Creek basin, Tacoma, Washington; 1966; OFR; 66-146; Veatch, Fred M.; Kimmel, Grant E.; Johnston, Earle A.

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Year Published: 1964

Chemical quality of the surface waters of the Snake River basin

Laird, L.B.
Chemical quality of the surface waters of the Snake River basin; 1964; PP; 417-D; Laird, L. B.

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Geology and ground-water conditions of Clark County Washington, with a description of a major alluvial aquifer along the Columbia River

This report presents the results of an investigation of the ground-water resources of the populated parts of Clark County. Yields adequate for irrigation can be obtained from wells inmost farmed areas in Clark County, Wash. The total available supply is sufficient for all foreseeable irrigation developments. In a few local areas aquifers are...

Mundorff, Maurice John
Geology and ground-water conditions of Clark County Washington, with a description of a major alluvial aquifer along the Columbia River; 1964; WSP; 1600; Mundorff, Maurice John

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Year Published: 1964

Magnitude and frequency of floods in the United States, Part 12, Pacific Slope basins in Washington and Upper Columbia River basin

Bodhaine, G.L.; Thomas, D.M.
Magnitude and frequency of floods in the United States, Part 12, Pacific Slope basins in Washington and Upper Columbia River basin; 1964; WSP; 1687; Bodhaine, G. L.; Thomas, D. M.

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Year Published: 1963

Effects of hydraulic and geologic factors on streamflow of the Yakima River Basin, Washington

The Yakima River basin, in south-central Washington, is the largest single river system entirely within the confines of the State. Its waters are the most extensively utilized of all the rivers in Washington. The river heads high on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains, flows for 180 miles in a generally southeast direction, and discharges...

Kinnison, Hallard B.; Sceva, Jack E.
Effects of hydraulic and geologic factors on streamflow of the Yakima River Basin, Washington; 1963; WSP; 1595; Kinnison, Hallard B.; Sceva, Jack E.

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Year Published: 1963

Ground water in the Pullman area, Whitman County, Washington

This report presents the results of an investigation of the ground-water resources of the Pullman area, Whitman County, Wash. The investigation war made in cooperation with the State of Washington, Department of Conservation, Division of Water Resources, to determine whether the 1959 rate of ground-water withdrawal exceeded the perennial yield of...

Foxworthy, B.L.; Washburn, R.L.
Ground water in the Pullman area, Whitman County, Washington; 1963; WSP; 1655; Foxworthy, B. L.; Washburn, R. L.

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Year Published: 1963

Magnitude and frequency of floods in the United States. Part 13. Snake River basin

The magnitude of a flood of any selected frequency up to 50 years for any site on any stream in the Snake River basin can be determined by methods outlined in this report, with some limitations. The methods are not applicable for regulated streams, for drainage basins smaller than 10 or larger than 5,000 square miles, for streams fed by large...

Thomas, C.A.; Broom, H.C.; Cummans, J.E.
Magnitude and frequency of floods in the United States. Part 13. Snake River basin; 1963; WSP; 1688; Thomas, C. A.; Broom, H. C.; Cummans, J. E.

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Year Published: 1963

Morphology and hydrology of a glacial stream -- White River, Mount Rainier, Washington

Fahnestock, Robert K.
Morphology and hydrology of a glacial stream -- White River, Mount Rainier, Washington; 1963; PP; 422-A; Fahnestock, Robert K.

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Geology and ground-water resources of the Ahtanum Valley, Yakima County, Washington

The Ahtanum Valley covers an area of about 100 square miles in an important agricultural district in central Yakima County, Wash. Because the area is semiarid, virtually all crops require irrigation. Surface-water supplies are inadequate in most of the area, and ground water is being used increasingly for irrigation. The purpose of this...

Foxworthy, B.L.
Geology and ground-water resources of the Ahtanum Valley, Yakima County, Washington; 1962; WSP; 1598; Foxworthy, B. L.

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Water resources of the Tacoma area, Washington

Griffin, William Colvin; Sceva, J.E.; Swenson, H.A.; Mundorff, M.J.
Water resources of the Tacoma area, Washington; 1962; WSP; 1499-B; Griffin, William Colvin; Sceva, J. E.; Swenson, H. A.; Mundorff, M. J.

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South side of Mount St. Helens lava dome, as seen from the east, sh...
August 29, 2004

South side of Mount St. Helens lava dome, as seen from the east, sh...

South side of Mount St. Helens lava dome, as seen from the east, showing the dome and part of the glacier forming at the base of the dome. August 29, 2005

Marrowstone Marine Field Station
April 28, 2004

Marrowstone Marine Field Station

Image of the Western Fisheries Research Center, Marrowstone Marine Field Station.  Looking east toward Puget Sound.

map of western U.S.showing sagebrush-dominated ecoregions
March 15, 2003

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (sagebrush cover types shown in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue-grey).

June 27, 2002

PubTalk 6/2002 — Finding Elusive Earthquake Faults

New Mapping Techniques Reveal Potential Seismic Sources Beneath Seattle

By Richard J. Blakely, Geophysicist and Ralph A. Haugerud, Geologist

 

  • Geophysical methods reveal "the landscape beneath the landscape"
  • Why does the Seattle Fault exist, and why is it so hard to locate and map?
  • LIDAR imagery can
landslide on the side of a cliff with a house at the top of the cliff, looking up at the house
December 31, 1997

Seattle Area Monitoring site

Photograph showing the scar left by a landslide on a hillside above the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Everett, Washington.

Landslide came across a road in Seattle, into a house on the side of a cliff
December 31, 1997

Seattle Area Monitoring site

Photograph showing a house that was damaged by a 1997 landslide along Perkins Lane in Seattle, Washington.

Angle and distance measurements to the Mount St. Helens' flanks wer...
May 15, 1989

Angle and distance measurements to Mount St. Helens' flanks were ta...

Angle and distance measurements to the Mount St. Helens' flanks were taken periodically to monitor for deformation similar to the 1980 bulge. Station northeast of volcano.

Deformation measurements on the Mount St. Helens' dome; three geolo...
April 18, 1988

Deformation measurements on the Mount St. Helens' dome; three geolo...

Deformation measurements on the Mount St. Helens' dome; three geologists in middle bottom of this aerial photograph.

Dome building eruption at Mount St. Helens—30-minute, moon-lit expo...
October 22, 1986

Dome building eruption at Mount St. Helens—30-minute, moon-lit expo...

The last dome-building eruption of Mount St. Helens during the 1980s occurred in October 1986. A new lobe was extruded, increasing the dome's height to 925 feet (282 meters), making it taller than a 77-story building. In volume, the dome was nearly 40 times the size of Seattle's Kingdome stadium. The view is from Harry's Ridge, five miles (8 kilometers) north of the

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View of the Spirit Lake outlet tunnel, built in 1985, that allows w...
October 2, 1986

View of the Spirit Lake outlet tunnel, built in 1985, that allows w...

View of the Spirit Lake outlet tunnel, built in 1985, that allows water to drain out of Spirit Lake safely and maintain the lake's water level 100 ft (30 m) below the estimated overtopping level.

Lava dome in Mount St. Helens' crater as viewed from the "Deepthroa...
August 12, 1985

Lava dome in Mount St. Helens' crater as viewed from the "Deepthroa...

The lava dome was taller than a 66-story building and almost as wide as the length of nine football fields. The dome completely fills the camera's field of view. Compare with image taken August 22, 1981 from the same location with the same camera.

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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