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: January 5, 2002
Status: Completed

Honduras Flood Mapping

Honduras is currently (2001) rebuilding its housing and infrastructure that was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch. To plan responsibly and minimize damage during future floods, the Honduran government needs reliable maps of the areas and depth of inundation by the 50-year flood, the design flood chosen for this project. A systematic method for defining areas and depths of inundation is needed that...

Contacts: Mark Mastin
Date published: January 3, 2002
Status: Completed

Howard A. Hanson Reservoir

The City of Tacoma relies on surface water stored in the Howard A. Hanson Reservoir, in the Green River Basin in King County, to meet municipal needs and demands. Reservoir managers must also consider how allocation and use of the resource are affected by ongoing activities in the basin associated with fisheries enhancement and by rules implemented under the Endangered Species Act for salmonid...

Contacts: Mark Mastin
Date published: January 2, 2002
Status: Completed

Quinault Indian Reservation

The rivers and forests of the Olympic Peninsula have long been important sources of natural resources. For the Quinault Indian Nation of the southwestern Olympic Peninsula, forests and fisheries have been the cultural and economic mainstay for thousands of years. To protect and restore these dwindling resources, the Quinault Indian Nation is undertaking a science-based approach for land...

Contacts: Jim E O'Connor
Date published: January 1, 2002
Status: Completed

Yakima Watershed and River Systems Management Program

Competition among water-resource users in many basins in the western United States has resulted in a need for near-real-time assessments of water availability and use. The Watershed and River System Management Program (WARSMP) is a collaborative program between the USGS and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to couple watershed and river-reach models that simulate the physical hydrologic...

Contacts: Mark Mastin
Date published: January 1, 2002
Status: Completed

McChord Air Force Base

During the investigation of a jet fuel bulk storage area, trichloroethene (TCE) was detected in ground water beneath McChord Air Force Base, near Tacoma, Washington. Monitoring wells were installed on the base to determine the extent of the TCE. In March 2000, after six monitoring wells were installed in the residential area to the west of the base, TCE was detected at concentrations above the...

Date published: January 5, 2001
Status: Completed

Water Resources Inventory Area 1 Watershed Management

In recent years, increased use of ground- and surface-water supplies in watersheds of Washington State has created concern that insufficient in-stream flows remain for fish and other users. In response, the Washington State legislature passed the Watershed Management Act of 1998 (ESHB 2514; see also Ch.90.82 RCW - Watershed Planning), which encourages and provides some funding for local...

Date published: January 4, 2001
Status: Completed

Cedar River Watershed

The Cedar River watershed provides two-thirds of the water supply for the greater Seattle metropolitan region, in addition to being home to numerous terrestrial and aquatic organisms such as salmon, some of which are Federally listed as threatened species. The City of Seattle is establishing monitoring plans for the Cedar River watershed to effectively manage the resource. A critical component...

Contacts: Robert W Black
Date published: January 3, 2001
Status: Completed

Puget Sound-Willamette Trough

More than 70 percent of the population of Washington and Oregon resides in the Puget Sound-Willamette Trough, which stretches north-south on the western side of the Cascade Range. The area is one of the principal regional ground-water systems in the Nation, but little is known about the quantity and quality of the ground water, the regional flow system, or the interaction of the system with...

Date published: January 2, 2001
Status: Completed

Puyallup Flood Alert

The Puyallup River Basin lies mostly within Pierce County, Washington, and contains 972 square miles of land ranging in elevation from zero at its mouth in Puget Sound to 14,408 feet at the top of Mount Rainier. The cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting are some of the population centers located in the basin.

To protect lives and property in the basin, Pierce County needs...

Contacts: Mark Mastin
Date published: January 1, 2001
Status: Completed

Highway Storm-Water Detention

In some areas of the state, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) sometimes directs the storm-water runoff from highways into detention basins that store the water until it infiltrates into the ground. Because most of the water eventually percolates to the water table, and because runoff from highways can contain contaminants, using roadside detention basins may degrade...

Contacts: Lonna M Frans
Date published: January 3, 2000
Status: Completed

Elwha-Morse Watershed

Have increased demands for Washington State's ground water and surface water left sufficient stream flows for fish and other uses?

To find out, the state's Watershed Management Act of 1998 (ESHB 2514) confers on local people the responsibility for conducting local watershed planning.

The Elwha-Morse Watershed area was formed out of the western part of Water Resources Inventory...

Date published: January 2, 2000
Status: Completed

Pierce County Groundwater

The rapid growth of population in the Tacoma-Puyallup area in Pierce County has placed increasing demands on the ground-water resource. Most domestic water needs are met by wells completed in the several hundred feet of glacial deposits that underlie the area, and about 9,000 persons are served by a single spring on the southwestern side of Puyallup. Most of the population relies on individual...

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Year Published: 2007

Glacier mass-balance fluctuations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, USA

The more than 40 year record of net and seasonal mass-balance records from measurements made by the United States Geological Survey on South Cascade Glacier, Washington, and Wolverine and Gulkana Glaciers, Alaska, shows annual and interannual fluctuations that reflect changes in the controlling climatic conditions at regional and global scales. As...

Josberger, E.G.; Bidlake, W.R.; March, R.S.; Kennedy, B.W.
Glacier mass-balance fluctuations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, USA; 2007; Conference Paper; Annals of Glaciology; Josberger, E. G.; Bidlake, W. R.; March, R. S.; Kennedy, B. W.

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Year Published: 2007

Migration behavior and dispersal of adult spring Chinook salmon released into Lake Scanewa on the upper Cowlitz River during 2005

During 2005, we conducted a radio-telemetry study to answer a number of basic questions about the migration behavior of adult Spring Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) released into the upper Cowlitz River watershed. We also conducted a pilot study of adult Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) using radio-tags recovered from adult spring...

Perry, R.W.; Kock, Tobias J.; Kritter , M.A; Rondorf, Dennis W.

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Year Published: 2007

Passage, survival, and approach patterns of radio-tagged juvenile salmonids at Little Goose Dam, 2006

Beeman, J.W.; Braatz, A.C.; Fielding, S.D.; Hardiman, J.M.; Walker, C.E.; Pope, A.C.; Wilkerson, T.S.; Shurtleff, D.J.; Perry, R.W.; Counihan, T.D.

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Year Published: 2007

Survival and migration behavior of juvenile salmonids at McNary Dam, 2005: Final report of research

No abstract available 

Perry, R.W.; Braatz, A.C.; Novick, M.S.; Lucchesi , J.N.; Rutz, G.L.; Koch, R.C.; Schei, J.L.; Adams, N.S.; Rondorf, D.W.

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Year Published: 2007

White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) passage at the Dalles Dam, Columbia River, USA

White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) ???95 cm TL were monitored using acoustic and radio telemetry at a large hydroelectric dam (the Dalles Dam) on the Columbia River, during March 2004 through November 2005 to determine timing and routes of passage and to characterize general movements. Transmitters were surgically implanted into 148 fish...

Parsley, M.J.; Wright, C.D.; Van Der Leeuw, B. K.; Kofoot, E.E.; Peery, C.A.; Moser, M.L.
White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) passage at the Dalles Dam, Columbia River, USA; 2007; Article; Journal; Journal of Applied Ichthyology; Parsley, M. J.; Wright, C. D.; Van Der Leeuw, B. K.; Kofoot, E. E.; Peery, C. A.; Moser, M. L.

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Year Published: 2006

Coastal habitats in Puget Sound: A research plan in support of the Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership

The purpose of this research plan is to identify high-priority research goals and objectives and delineate the critical questions and information gaps that need to be addressed to provide natural-resource managers and policy- and decisionmakers with tools to effectively undertake restoration planning and adaptive management of the nearshore...

Gelfenbaum, Guy; Mumford, Tom; Brennan , Jim; Case, Harvey; Dethier, Megan; Fresh, Kurt; Goetz, Fred; van Heeswijk, Marijke; Leschine, Thomas M.; Logsdon, Miles; Myers, Doug; Newton, Jan; Shipman, Hugh; Simenstad, Charles A.; Tanner, Curtis; Woodson, David

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January 7, 2015

Oso Landslide Computer Simulations

A large destructive landslide occurred near Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014. Computer simulations indicate that it could have behaved very differently (with much less mobility and consequent destructiveness) if the ground had been less porous and water-saturated. This video shows the results of two computer simulations. The first simulation shows computed landslide

December 31, 2014

Continuous Gas Monitoring Tracks Volcanic Activity at Mount St. Helens

Volcano gas geochemistry has been around for a long time. Scientists can make gas measurements using very large, very expensive Correlation Spectrometers or collect samples in the field and bring them back for analysis in the lab. But it’s possible we’re missing out on a lot of information because our monitoring capabilities don’t include continuous observation.

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Elwha River flowing through former dam site during flood
December 9, 2014

Elwha River flowing through former dam site during flood

USGS Hydrologist Chris Magirl captures image of the Elwha River flooding for the first time following dam removal. This location is just downstream of the former Elwha Dam which used to stand at the area near the top of the photograph.

Visitors at Glines Canyon East Abutment in Olympic National Park, the location of the Elwha River Restoration project.
October 31, 2014

Glines Canyon East Abutment

Visitors at Glines Canyon East Abutment in Olympic National Park, the location of the Elwha River Restoration project. Image available at Olympic National Park flickr site.

USGS scientist waits for helicopter pick-up in the crater of Mount ...
October 9, 2014

USGS scientist waits for helicopter pick-up in Mount St. Helens crater

USGS-CVO Research Geologist Peter Kelly communicates with the helicopter pilot and prepares for pick-up, on the new dome within the crater of Mount St. Helens.

Specific-Pathogen-Free Pacific herring
September 29, 2014

Specific-Pathogen-Free Pacific herring

Different size and age classes of experimental Specific-Pathogen-Free Pacific herring reared at the Marrowstone Marine Field Station.

USGS researchers use geophysical methods to locate groundwater at M...
September 15, 2014

Locate groundwater at Mount St. Helens

USGS researcher Jeff Wynn monitors in-coming data at the CSAMT (Controlled-Source Audio-Magnetotellurics ) receiver site on Mount St. Helens. The data will be used to locate the top of the groundwater system beneath the site.

Elwha River mouth during dam removal
September 3, 2014

Elwha River mouth during dam removal

Aerial photograph of the mouth of the Elwha River showing sediment deposits from dam removal. Aerial assistance by LightHawk and plane piloted by Dr. Milton Bennett.

Glines Canyon Dam removal
September 3, 2014

Glines Canyon Dam removal

Aerial photograph of the Elwha River flowing through the remains of the Glines Canyon Dam during the 3rd year of the dam removal project. Aerial assistance by LightHawk and plane piloted by Dr. Milton Bennett.

Monitoring station inside the crater of Mount St. Helens "sniffs" v...
August 26, 2014

MultiGAS monitoring station inside crater of Mount St. Helens

The new volcanic-gas monitoring station installed at Mount St. Helens consists of weather monitoring equipment and sensors for measuring the concentrations of water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in volcanic gas plumes. Inside the fiberglass hut is the gas-monitoring equipment, a radio to send data back to the Cascades

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Taking kidney samples from adult female Chinook salmon
August 24, 2014

Taking kidney samples from adult female Chinook salmon

Connie McKibben and Carla Conway (USGS) taking kidney samples from adult female Chinook salmon for detection and quantification of Renibacterium salmoninarum (Rs) in the fish, while Joy Evered observes.  Dr. Evered is a USFWS Veterinary Medical Officer and the USFWS Project Officer for this research project.

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August 10, 2009

A report on long-term glacier measurements released today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar shows that glaciers are dramatically changing in mass, length and thickness as a result of climate change.

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August 3, 2009

Entire populations of North American fish already are being affected by several emerging diseases, a problem that threatens to increase in the future with climate change and other stresses on aquatic ecosystems, according to a noted U.S. Geological Survey researcher giving an invited talk on this subject today at the Wildlife Disease Association conference in Blaine, Wash.

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July 14, 2009

A helicopter will be flying at low altitudes over parts of Spokane and Whitman counties July 15 as part of U.S. Geological Survey scientists' efforts to gauge Osprey reproductive success. The flight, operated under contract to the USGS, is flying over the nests of a large fish-eating hawk, called an Osprey.

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July 10, 2009

The Coast Salish Tribal Nation and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will paddle to study and help improve the Salish Sea environment during their second Tribal Journey together on July 20 – August 3.

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May 28, 2009

Biologists today confirmed the first sightings of newborn fishers in Washington State since restoration of the state-endangered species began two years ago. Photographs downloaded from an automated camera placed deep in the Olympic National Park wilderness show a female fisher carrying four kits down a large snag.

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May 12, 2009

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Tribal Journey Paddle to Suquamish Aug. 3-8. Access videos, photos and more from the 2008 journey.

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May 6, 2009

Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed May as Volcano Awareness Month in Washington State. Scientists, safety officials and educators are encouraged to discuss the hazards of volcanoes in their communities.

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January 26, 2009

Sea-level rise, severe winter storms, salmon populations, carbon sequestration, invasive plants, and migratory birds are among the many issues of concern to natural resource managers that are affected by changing climate. Climate change and its impact on coastal ecosystems is the focus of a 2-day workshop that will bring together more than 450 scientists and policy-makers.

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January 22, 2009

The latest climate-change science and how it can be used by natural resource agencies is the focus of a two-day workshop January 29-30 in San Francisco.

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January 20, 2009

Fifteen fishers were released yesterday within the Skokomish, Hoh, and Queets valleys of Olympic National Park, bringing the total number of reintroduced animals to 47. Access limitations caused by recent snow and floods created logistical challenges for the people involved, but apparently not for the fishers as they bounded from their cages and ran into the forest.

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December 18, 2008

Dr. Julio Betancourt, a U.S. Geological Survey senior scientist, was recently awarded a prestigious 2008 Presidential Rank Award. Betancourt, who has conducted groundbreaking research in how climate variability affects ecosystems, is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he received his graduate degrees.

 

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December 17, 2008

Collaborative Project Enters Its Second Year as 15 More Animals Join Population Reintroduced Last Winter

At least 15 fishers will be released at remote sites within the Elwha, Sol Duc and Hoh valleys of Olympic National Park this weekend, adding to the fisher population that was reintroduced last winter and moving closer to the goal of establishing an initial population of 100 animals.

 

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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