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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: 2005

Three-dimensional behavior and passage of juvenile salmonids at The Dalles Dam, 2004

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Cash, K.M; Faber, D.M; Hatton, T.W; Jones, E.C.; Magie, R.J.; Swyers, N.M.; Burns, R.K.; Sholtis, M.D; Zimmerman, S.A.; Hughes, J.S.; Gilbride, T.L.; Adams, N.S.; Rondorf, D.W.

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Two alternative juvenile life history types for fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River basin

Fall Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha in the Snake River basin were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1992. At the time of listing, it was assumed that fall Chinook salmon juveniles in the Snake River basin adhered strictly to an ocean-type life history characterized by saltwater entry at age 0 and first-year wintering in the ocean...

Connor, W.P.; Sneva, J.G.; Tiffan, K.F.; Steinhorst, R.K.; Ross, D.
Two alternative juvenile life history types for fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River basin; 2005; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Connor, W. P.; Sneva, J. G.; Tiffan, K. F.; Steinhorst, R. K.; Ross, D.

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Survival and migration behavior of juvenile salmonids at McNary Dam, 2004, Final report of research

During 2004, the USGS Columbia River Research Laboratory conducted a study at McNary Dam using radio telemetry to estimate passage and survival parameters of juvenile salmonids. Our primary objective was to estimate these parameters under ambient environmental and operational conditions, and thus project-wide treatments were not implemented. The...

Perry, Russell W.; Braatz, Amy C.; Fielding, Scott D.; Lucchesi, Joel N.; Plumb, John M.; Adams, Noah S.; Rondorf, Dennis W.

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Year Published: 2004

Conceptual model and numerical simulation of the ground-water-flow system in the unconsolidated deposits of the Colville River Watershed, Stevens County, Washington

Increased use of ground- and surface-water supplies in watersheds of Washington State in recent years has created concern that insufficient instream flows remain for fish and other uses. Issuance of new ground-water rights in the Colville River Watershed was halted by the Washington Department of Ecology due to possible hydraulic continuity of the...

Ely, D. Matthew; Kahle, Sue C.
Conceptual model and numerical simulation of the ground-water-flow system in the unconsolidated deposits of the Colville River Watershed, Stevens County, Washington; 2004; SIR; 2004-5237; Ely, D. Matthew; Kahle, Sue C.

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Year Published: 2004

Pesticides detected in urban streams in King County, Washington, 1998-2003

The U.S. Geological Survey and the King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples from 14 sites on urban streams in King County during storms and during base flow between 1998 and 2003. The samples were analyzed for the presence of 155 pesticides and pesticide transformation products. Thirty-nine of the compounds were...

Frans, Lonna M.
Pesticides detected in urban streams in King County, Washington, 1998-2003; 2004; SIR; 2004-5194; Frans, Lonna M.

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Year Published: 2004

Water resources of the Tulalip Indian Reservation and adjacent area, Snohomish County, Washington, 2001-03

This study was undertaken to improve the understanding of water resources of the Tulalip Plateau area, with a primary emphasis on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, in order to address concerns of the Tulalip Tribes about the effects of current and future development, both on and off the Reservation, on their water resources. The drinking-water...

Frans, Lonna M.; Kresch, David L.
Water resources of the Tulalip Indian Reservation and adjacent area, Snohomish County, Washington, 2001-03; 2004; SIR; 2004-5166; Frans, Lonna M.; Kresch, David L.

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Year Published: 2004

Ground-Water System in the Chimacum Creek Basin and Surface Water/Ground Water Interaction in Chimacum and Tarboo Creeks and the Big and Little Quilcene Rivers, Eastern Jefferson County, Washington

A detailed study of the ground-water system in the unconsolidated glacial deposits in the Chimacum Creek Basin and the interactions between surface water and ground water in four main drainage basins was conducted in eastern Jefferson County, Washington. The study will assist local watershed planners in assessing the status of the water resources...

Simonds, F. William; Longpre, Claire I.; Justin, Greg B.
Ground-Water System in the Chimacum Creek Basin and Surface Water/Ground Water Interaction in Chimacum and Tarboo Creeks and the Big and Little Quilcene Rivers, Eastern Jefferson County, Washington; 2004; SIR; 2004-5058; Simonds, F. William; Longpre, Claire I.; Justin, Greg B.

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Year Published: 2004

Sources of mercury in sediments, water, and fish of the lakes of Whatcom County, Washington

Concerns about mercury (Hg) contamination in Lake Whatcom, Washington, were raised in the late 1990s after a watershed protection survey reported elevated concentrations of Hg in smallmouth bass. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Whatcom County Health Department, and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) cooperated to develop a study...

Paulson, Anthony J.
Sources of mercury in sediments, water, and fish of the lakes of Whatcom County, Washington; 2004; SIR; 2004-5084; Paulson, Anthony J.

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Water, ice, and meteorological measurements at South Cascade Glacier, Washington, balance year 2002

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 2002. The 2002 glacier-average maximum winter snow balance was 4.02 meters, the second largest since 1959. The 2002 glacier summer, net, and annual (water year) balances were -3....

Bidlake, William R.; Josberger, Edward G.; Savoca, Mark E.
Water, ice, and meteorological measurements at South Cascade Glacier, Washington, balance year 2002; 2004; SIR; 2004-5089; Bidlake, William r.; Josberger, Edward G.; Savoca, Mark E.

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Assessment of smolt condition: Biological and environmental interactions -- The impact of prey and predators on juvenile salmonids

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has funded the Assessment of Smolt Condition project since 1987. During that time the project changed frequently to meet the information needs of fish managers by conducting studies throughout the Columbia River basin. Past research has examined the influence of smolt physiological development and health...

Sauter, Sally T.; Schrock, Robin M.; Petersen, James H.; Maule, Alec G.

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Year Published: 2004

Estimated Domestic, Irrigation, and Industrial Water Use in Washington, 2000

Since 1950, the U.S. Geological Survey has published a series of Circulars and other reports on the estimated use of water in the United States at 5-year intervals. This report presents State, regional, and county estimates of the amount of water used for domestic, irrigation, and industrial purposes in the State of Washington during the year 2000...

Lane, R.C.
Estimated Domestic, Irrigation, and Industrial Water Use in Washington, 2000; 2004; SIR; 2004-5015; Lane, R. C.

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Large snow-covered, cone shaped mountain in background, looming over suburban area in foreground
January 18, 2014

Mount Rainier Looms over the Puyallup Valley, Washington

Mount Rainier volcano looms over Puyallup Valley, near Orting, Washington.

Large snow-covered, cone shaped mountain in background, looming over urban area in foreground
January 18, 2014

Mount Rainier looms over the Puyallup Valley, Washington

Mount Rainier volcano looms over Puyallup Valley, near Orting, Washington.

Surveying stream channels at Mount St. Helens...
January 17, 2014

Surveying stream channels at Mount St. Helens

Scientists conduct a stream channel cross-section survey of the Toutle River on the north side of Mount St. Helens (view to the southwest).

Suspended sediment sampling bottles from Elwha River sampling
December 31, 2013

Suspended sediment sampling bottles from Elwha River sampling

Series of daily sample bottles containing integrated water samples from the Elwha River, October 17, 2012 to November 9, 2012.

Suspended sediment sampling series
December 31, 2013

Suspended sediment sampling series

Series of daily sample bottles containing integrated water samples from the Elwha River, October 17, 2012 to November 9, 2012. Graphical overlay is the measured suspended sediment concentration in each sample bottle, showing the variability in sediment concentration during the time period shown.

Antennas deployed in the Wind River to monitor movements of fish.
November 4, 2013

Antennas deployed in the Wind River to monitor movements of fish.

Antennas deployed in the Wind River to monitor movements of fish that have been tagged with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags.  The need to track fish movements in large streams over extensive areas has extended this current technology to new levels.

Monitoring river discharge near Mount St. Helens, Washington....
October 30, 2013

Monitoring river discharge near Mount St. Helens, WA.

Crews test two methods of measuring discharge of the Muddy River near Mount St. Helens, Washington. The computer and tethered orange float create a vertical discharge profile; the hand-held flow tracker confirms the data. Data collection is becoming more electronic-oriented with periodic confirmation of results by physical observations.

Maintenance at Acoustic Flow Monitor near Mount St. Helens, Washing...
October 18, 2013

Maintenance at Acoustic Flow Monitor near Mount St. Helens, WA

Repairs are made to an Acoustic Flow Monitor (AFM) located at the confluence of the North Fork Toutle River, Maratta, Castle and Coldwater Creeks, where the most recent lahar occurred in November, 2006. AFMs are installed to "hear" when lahars [muddy debris flows] move down channel so affected communities can be warned of the hazard.

Mouth of the Elwha River during dam removal
September 28, 2013

Mouth of the Elwha River during dam removal

Aerial photograph of the mouth of the Elwha River where it meets the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, Washington State, USA. Aerial assistance by LightHawk and plane piloted by Dr. Hunter Handsfield.

Elwha River flowing through former Aldwell reservoir
September 26, 2013

Elwha River flowing through former Aldwell reservoir

Aerial photograph of the former Lake Aldwell reservoir and the Elwha River 16 months following the removal of the Elwha Dam, Washington State, USA. Aerial assistance by LightHawk and plane piloted by Dr. Hunter Handsfield.

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February 13, 2004

Traditional Native knowledge can inform and document the effects of climate change and other ecosystem changes, providing valuable additions to scientific investigations, according to Geological Survey scientist Margaret Hiza. Her research is being presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in Seattle, Wash, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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February 13, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will co-sponsor two symposia at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle, WA, February 12-16, 2004. This year’s theme is "Science at the Leading Edge," and the USGS-sponsored symposia will address how today’s technology is creating new ways to preserve and share knowledge.

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February 13, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will co-sponsor two symposia at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle, WA, February 12-16, 2004. This year’s theme is "Science at the Leading Edge," and the USGS-sponsored symposia will address how today’s technology is creating new ways to preserve and share knowledge.

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February 13, 2004

Traditional Native knowledge can inform and document the effects of climate change and other ecosystem changes, providing valuable additions to scientific investigations, according to Geological Survey scientist Margaret Hiza. Her research is being presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in Seattle, Wash, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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November 20, 2003

Guided by Japanese writings from an era of shoguns, an international team of scientists today reported new evidence that an earthquake of magnitude 9 struck the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada three centuries ago. The findings are likely to affect the region’s precautions against future earthquakes and tsunamis.

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November 20, 2003

Guided by Japanese writings from an era of shoguns, an international team of scientists today reported new evidence that an earthquake of magnitude 9 struck the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada three centuries ago. The findings are likely to affect the region’s precautions against future earthquakes and tsunamis.

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September 23, 2003

A single strand of rope separates threatened western snowy plovers from people recreating on the public beach of Coal Oil Point Reserve, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although these small, 6-inch shorebirds had seemingly abandoned this site for breeding, after the 400-yard nursery was protected, it fledged 39 young snowy plovers this summer.

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September 22, 2003

The rapid depletion of at least a half million great whales from the North Pacific Ocean by intensive industrial whaling over 50 years ago may have unleashed a complex ecological chain reaction that has since rippled resoundingly from ocean to coastal ecosystems, according to a team of eight scientists, including Dr. Jim Estes, a U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist.

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August 18, 2003

Fine-grained bed sediments in Lake Roosevelt containing arsenic, lead, and other trace elements could become airborne if exposed to the wind during annual drawdowns, according to the results of a study published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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August 8, 2003

Wesley Ward has been named Regional Executive for Geology for the Western Region of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The announcement of Ward’s new appointment was made by John D. Buffington, Western Regional Director, effective Aug. 11, 2003.

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June 21, 2003

Frogs, salamanders and fishes are not exactly the first species one thinks about as wildlife affected by fire – after all, they live in water – but a special June issue of Forest Ecology and Management points out that the response of these species to habitat changes induced by fire and fuels reduction practices is highly variable.

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May 15, 2003

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and their partners studying the largest on-land earthquake in North America in almost 150 years report new information that will help further safety-planning efforts for future large quakes, according to an article published in the May 16, 2003, edition of the journal Science.

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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