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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: 2006

Variables influencing the presence of subyearling fall Chinook salmon in shoreline habitats of the Hanford Reach, Columbia River

Little information currently exists on habitat use by subyearling fall Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha rearing in large, main-stem habitats. We collected habitat use information on subyearlings in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River during May 1994 and April-May 1995 using point abundance electrofishing. We analyzed measures of...

Tiffan, K.F.; Clark, L.O.; Garland, R.D.; Rondorf, D.W.
Variables influencing the presence of subyearling fall Chinook salmon in shoreline habitats of the Hanford Reach, Columbia River; 2006; Article; Journal; North American Journal of Fisheries Management; Tiffan, K. F.; Clark, L. O.; Garland, R. D.; Rondorf, D. W.

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Year Published: 2005

Ground water/surface water interactions and quality of discharging ground water in streams of the lower Nooksack River basin, Whatcom County, Washington

Cox, Stephen E.; Simonds, F. William; Doremus, Llyn; Huffman, Raegan L.; Defawe, Rose M.
Ground water/surface water interactions and quality of discharging ground water in streams of the lower Nooksack River basin, Whatcom County, Washington; 2005; SIR; 2005-5255; Cox, Stephen E.; Simonds, F. William; Doremus, Llyn; Huffman, Raegan L.; Defawe, Rose M.

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Year Published: 2005

Water, ice, and meteorological measurements at South Cascade glacier, Washington, balance year 2003

Winter snow accumulation and summer snow and ice ablation were measured at South Cascade Glacier, Washington, to estimate glacier mass-balance quantities for balance year 2003. The 2003 glacier-average maximum winter snow balance was 2.66 meters water equivalent, which was about equal to the average of such balances for the glacier since balance...

Bidlake, William R.; Josberger, Edward G.; Savoca, Mark E.
Water, ice, and meteorological measurements at South Cascade glacier, Washington, balance year 2003; 2005; SIR; 2005-5210; Bidlake, William R.; Josberger, Edward G.; Savoca, Mark E.

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Year Published: 2005

Development and use of in-stream PIT-tag detection systems to assess movement behavior of fish in tributaries of the Columbia River Basin, USA

We have developed detector systems for fish implanted with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to assess their movement behavior and habitat use within fast flowing streams. Fish tested have primarily been wild anadromous and resident forms of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss and cutthroat trout O. clarki. Longitudinal arrangements of two-...

Connolly, P.J.; Jezorek, I.G.; Prentice, E.F.

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Year Published: 2005

White sturgeon mitigation and restoration in the Columbia and Snake rivers upstream from Bonneville Dam Report C, Annual Progress Report April 2003 - March 2004

River discharge and water temperatures that occurred during April through July 2003 provided conditions suitable for spawning by white sturgeon downstream from Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, and McNary dams. Although optimal spawning temperatures in the four tailraces occurred for less than two weeks, they coincided with a period of relatively...

Parsley, Michael J.; Gadomski, Dena M.; Kofoot, Pete

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Year Published: 2005

Quality-assurance plan for ground-water activities, U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Water Science Center

This quality-assurance plan documents the standards, policies, and procedures used by the U.S. Geological Survey's Washington Water Science Center, for activities related to the collection, processing, storage, analysis, and publication of ground-water data. This plan serves as a guide to all Washington Water Science Center personnel involved in...

Drost, B. W.
Quality-assurance plan for ground-water activities, U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Water Science Center; 2005; OFR; 2005-1126; compiled by Drost, B. W.

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Year Published: 2005

Hydrogeology and trichloroethene contamination in the sea-level aquifer beneath the Logistics Center, Fort Lewis, Washington

The U.S. Army disposed of waste trichloroethene (TCE) and other materials in the East Gate Disposal Yard near the Logistics Center on Fort Lewis, Washington, from the 1940s to the early 1970s. As a result, ground water contaminated with primarily TCE extends more than 3 miles downgradient from the East Gate Disposal Yard. The site is underlain by...

Dinicola, Richard S.
Hydrogeology and trichloroethene contamination in the sea-level aquifer beneath the Logistics Center, Fort Lewis, Washington; 2005; SIR; 2005-5035; Dinicola, Richard S.

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Year Published: 2005

Verification of 1921 peak discharge at Skagit River near Concrete, Washington, using 2003 peak-discharge data

The 1921 peak discharge at Skagit River near Concrete, Washington (U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging station 12194000), was verified using peak-discharge data from the flood of October 21, 2003, the largest flood since 1921. This peak discharge is critical to determining other high discharges at the gaging station and to reliably estimating...

Mastin, M.C.; Kresch, D.L.
Verification of 1921 peak discharge at Skagit River near Concrete, Washington, using 2003 peak-discharge data; 2005; SIR; 2005-5029; Mastin, M. C.; Kresch, D. L.

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Diel spawning behavior of chum salmon in the Columbia River

We conducted a study during 2003 in a side channel of the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam to describe the diel spawning behavior of wild chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta. We collected observational data on 14 pairs of chum salmon using a dual-frequency identification sonar. Spawners of both genders were observed chasing intruders during...

Tiffan, K.F.; Rondorf, D.W.; Skalicky, J.J.
Diel spawning behavior of chum salmon in the Columbia River; 2005; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Tiffan, K. F.; Rondorf, D. W.; Skalicky, J. J.

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Year Published: 2005

Effects of temperature on survival and development of early life stage Pacific and western brook lampreys

We examined the effects of temperature (10, 14, 18, and 22??C) on survival and development of Pacific lampreys Lampetra tridentata and western brook lampreys L. richardsoni during embryological and early larval stages. The temperature for zero development was estimated for each species, and the response to temperature was measured as the...

Meeuwig, M.H.; Bayer, J.M.; Seelye, J.G.
Effects of temperature on survival and development of early life stage Pacific and western brook lampreys; 2005; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Meeuwig, M. H.; Bayer, J. M.; Seelye, J. G.

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July 23, 2014

C1 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: C1 East Transect; Depth: Meters (Feet); Distance from river mouth: 0.7 Kilometers (0.4 Miles); Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.14525225,-123.57294101; Site Description: Substrate is entirely sand. All seaweeds are absent. Fragments of drift seaweed and eelgrass are seen throughout entire video. Woody debris is present (0:29, 1:

July 23, 2014

C2 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: C2 West Transect; Depth: 16.8 Meters (Feet 55.2); Distance from river mouth: 0.7 Kilometers (0.5 Miles); Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.147841,-123.57663268; Site Description: One of our deepest sites. Substrate is all muddy sand. Seaweed is absent. Lots of woody debris is present (0:28, 1:52 seconds). Featherduster tubeworms,

July 23, 2014

C1 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: C1 West Transect; Depth: Meters (Feet); Distance from river mouth: 0.7 Kilometers (0.4 Miles); Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.14525225,-123.57361291; Site Description: Substrate is entirely sand. All seaweeds are absent. Fragments of drift seaweed and eelgrass are seen throughout entire video. Invertebrates are scarce and are

July 22, 2014

H2 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: H2 West Transect; Depth: 7.7 Meters (25.2 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 2.6 Kilometers (1.6 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.15008216,-123.53277857; Site Description: This site is medium to shallow depth. Substrate is mainly gravel with some sand, cobble and an occasional boulder and has not changed since dam

July 22, 2014

J1 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: J1 West Transect; Depth: 9.6 Meters (31.5 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 6.6 Kilometers (4.1 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.13607725,-123.48002186; Site Description: This site is medium depth. Substrates is mainly a gravel/sand mixture. Seaweed density is still greatly decreased. Three species of brown seaweed

July 22, 2014

H2 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: H2 East Transect; Depth: 8.0 Meters (26.3 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 2.6 Kilometers (1.6 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.15008216,-123.53210661; Site Description: This site is medium to shallow depth. Substrate is mainly gravel with some sand, cobble and an occasional boulder and has not changed since dam

July 21, 2014

4SP1 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: 4SP1 - East Transect; Depth: 6.5 Meters (21.2 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 0.8 Kilometers (0.5 Miles) East; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.15257, -123.556704; Site Description: The site has converted from gravel/cobble substrate to sand. Seaweed is completely absent. Dungeness crabs are seen regularly (0:06 seconds) as

July 21, 2014

A1 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: A1 West Transect; Depth: 8.6 Meters (28.3 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 1.9 Kilometers (1.2 Miles) West; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.13870775, -123.586203; Site Description: Transect is in eastern part of Freshwater Bay. Sediment is primarily sand/sandy mud with patches of boulders. Seaweeds are absent this year. Feather

July 21, 2014

4SP1 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: 4SP1 - West Transect; Depth: 6.5 Meters (21.2 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 0.8 Kilometers (0.5 Miles) East; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.15257, -123.557376; Site Description: The site has converted from gravel/cobble substrate to sand. Seaweed is completely absent. 
 

July 21, 2014

A1 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: A1 East Transect; Depth: 8.2 Meters (26.9 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 1.8 Kilometers (1.1 Miles) West; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.13870775, -123.5855312; Site Description: Transect is in eastern part of Freshwater Bay. Sediment is primarily sand/sandy mud. Previous small boulders appear to be buried. Seaweeds are

July 20, 2014

K1 East Transect – 2014 - YouTube

Permanent Site: K1 East Transect; Depth: 6.6 Meters (21.8 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 4.5 Kilometers (2.8 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.13592923,-123.5101581; Site Description: Visibility and surge was bad on this date so video is of poor quality. This is a shallow site. Sediment is a gravel/sand mixture. Seaweed was sparse

July 19, 2014

L1 West Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: L1 West Transect; Depth: 11.0 Meters (36.2 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 2.3 Kilometers (1.4 Miles) west; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.13957527,-123.59427175; Site Description: This transect is medium depth. The first 20 meters contains scattered boulders (0:18 seconds). Where there are no boulders, substrate is still

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USGS
September 27, 2006

It has been two years since Mount St. Helens began its current dome-building eruption.  Join CVO scientists for a retrospective and analysis of the ongoing eruption.

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September 27, 2006

It has been two years since Mount St. Helens began its current dome-building eruption.  Join CVO scientists for a retrospective and analysis of the ongoing eruption.

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July 11, 2006

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, July 12, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will fly over Mount St. Helens to view the ongoing volcanic eruption. His flyover will offer him the opportunity to see the extent of devastation caused by the catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980 and new dome-building activities in the Mount St. Helens crater.

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May 31, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is among more than 40 local, state, and federal agencies within Clark County, Washington that will be participating in a coordinated practice drill on May 31, 2006, to test their abilities to respond to and recover from a disaster.

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May 31, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is among more than 40 local, state, and federal agencies within Clark County, Washington that will be participating in a coordinated practice drill on May 31, 2006, to test their abilities to respond to and recover from a disaster.

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May 19, 2006

USGS maps provide greater detail for owners of landslide prone property.

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May 17, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing 14-minutes of new b-roll footage of Mount St. Helens, taken by staff at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO.) This b-roll is available by contacting Don Becker at USGS/EROS. A limited number of copies will be available for pick up at CVO after 9:45 a.m., May 17, 2006.

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May 17, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing 14-minutes of new b-roll footage of Mount St. Helens, taken by staff at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO.) This b-roll is available by contacting Don Becker at USGS/EROS. A limited number of copies will be available for pick up at CVO after 9:45 a.m., May 17, 2006.

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May 17, 2006

Reston, VA – A team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists from the Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) in Vancouver, Wash., recently returned from Indonesia where they spent three weeks working with the Indonesian government to evaluate the serious threat of volcanic eruptions. 

USGS
May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. And, researchers found, it´s not just that there are a lot of non-native fishes but they are also widespread...

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May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 

USGS
February 28, 2006

The USGS is releasing 28-minutes of new b-roll footage of Mount St. Helens, taken by staff at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. This b-roll is available by contacting Don Becker at USGS/EROS.

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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