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: 1969

Ground-water occurrence in the Goldendale area, Klickitat County, Washington

Luzier, J.E.
Ground-water occurrence in the Goldendale area, Klickitat County, Washington; 1969; HA; 313; Luzier, J. E.

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Year Published: 1969

Water supplies for Coulee Dam National Recreation Area, Washington

Anderson, H.W.
Water supplies for Coulee Dam National Recreation Area, Washington; 1969; OFR; 69-8; Anderson, H. W., Jr.

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Year Published: 1968

Water resources of King County, Washington

Although the total supply of water in King County is large, water problems are inevitable because of the large and rapidly expanding population. The county contains a third of the 3 million people in Washington, most of the population being concentrated in the Seattle metropolitan area. King County includes parts of two major physiographic...

Richardson, Donald; Bingham, J.W.; Madison, R.J.; Williams, R.
Water resources of King County, Washington; 1968; WSP; 1852; Richardson, Donald; Bingham, J. W.; Madison, R. J.; Williams, R.

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

Laird, L.B.; Walters, K.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
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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Year Published: 1964

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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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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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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Seismic station installation in Mount St. Helens's crater 1981 lava dome.
August 4, 1981

Seismic station installation in Mount St. Helens's crater 1981 lava do

Seismic station installation in Mount St. Helens's crater 1981 lava dome. USGS, in conjunction with the University of Washington, maintain seismic stations at Mount St. Helens. An increase in seismicity (earthquakes) is often the first precursor to an approaching eruption.

Seismic station installation in Mount St. Helens's crater 1981 lava...
August 4, 1981

Seismic station installation in Mount St. Helens's crater 1982

The U.S. Geological Survey, in conjunction with the University of Washington, maintain seismic stations at Mount St. Helens. An increase in seismicity (earthquakes) is often the first precursor to an approaching eruption.

Lahars originating from Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption de...
July 19, 1981

Lahars originating from Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption de...

Lahars originating from Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption destroyed more than 200 homes and over 185 miles (300 kilometers) of roads. Pictured here is a damaged home along the South Fork Toutle River.

Dome within Mount St. Helens crater (aerial view) from June 1981 wi...
June 26, 1981

Dome within Mount St. Helens crater (aerial view) from June 1981 wi...

Between 1980 and 1986, Mount St. Helens' dome grew in different ways. From 1980 through 1982 the dome grew in periodic extrusions of stubby lava flows, called lobes. During this time frame Mount St. Helens' lobes grew at a rate of 3 to 10 feet per hour (1-3 meters/hour).

Dredging of the Toutle River after the Mount St. Helens 1980 erupti...
February 5, 1981

Dredging of the Toutle River after the Mount St. Helens 1980 erupti...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preformed dredging projects on the Toutle, Cowlitz, and Columbia Rivers and by 1987 enough material had been removed to build a 12 lane highway, one-foot thick from New York, NY to San Francisco, CA.

Lava dome growing within the Mount St. Helens crater reaches 34 m (...
October 24, 1980

Lava dome growing within the Mount St. Helens crater reaches 34 m (...

This October dome was taller than a nine-story building and wider than the length of three football fields. This dome was not the first dome to grow in the crater. In June and August 1980, two domes formed, only to be blasted away by the explosive events of July 22 and October 16.

Lahars resulting from the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens...
October 23, 1980

Lahars resulting from the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens...

Nearly 135 miles (220 kilometers) of river channels surrounding the volcano were affected by the lahars of May 18, 1980. A mudline left behind on trees shows depths reached by the mud.

Bear tracks found on Mount St. Helens in an ash and pumice deposite...
October 15, 1980

Bear tracks found on Mount St. Helens in an ash and pumice deposite...

Many smaller animals, such as gophers, mice, frogs, fish, and insects were hibernating below ground or under water on May 18, 1980, and they survived the blast. Larger animals such as bear (whose tracks are shown here), elk, deer, and coyotes have been moving back into the area as their food supplies increase.

Spirit Lake and the devastated forest area surrounding Mount St. He...
October 4, 1980

Spirit Lake and the devastated forest area surrounding Mount St. He...

This lake was once surrounded by lush forest and is within the area devastated by the directed blast, covered by ash and tephra, then inundated by pyroclastic flows. Remnants of the forest float on the surface of the lake. Mount Rainier (4,392 m or 14,410 ft) is in the distance. The view is from the south.

The slopes of Smith Creek valley, east of Mount St. Helens, show tr...
September 24, 1980

The slopes of Smith Creek valley, east of Mount St. Helens, show tr...

The direction of the blast, shown here from left to right, is apparent in the alignment of the downed trees. Over four billion board feet of usable timber, enough to build 150,000 homes, was damaged or destroyed.

Debris avalanche deposit view from the northwest of Mount St. Helen...
September 16, 1980

Debris avalanche deposit view from NW of Mount St. Helens after the...

After the May 18, 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens' elevation was only 8,364 feet (2,550 meters) and the volcano had a one-mile-wide (1.5 kilometers) and approximately 600 m (2000 ft) deep horseshoe-shaped crater. View here is from the northwest.

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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