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: 2003

Lateral line pore diameters correlate with the development of gas bubble trauma signs in several Columbia River fishes

Gas bubble trauma (GBT) caused by gas supersaturation of river water continues to be a problem in the Columbia River Basin. A common indicator of GBT is the percent of the lateral line occluded with gas bubbles; however, this effect has never been examined in relation to lateral line morphology. The effects of 115, 125 and 130% total dissolved gas...

Morris, R.G.; Beeman, J.W.; VanderKooi, S.P.; Maule, A.G.
Lateral line pore diameters correlate with the development of gas bubble trauma signs in several Columbia River fishes; 2003; Article; Journal; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - A Molecular and Integrative Physiology; Morris, R. G.; Beeman, J. W.; VanderKooi, S. P.; Maule, A. G.

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Mapping the spatial distribution and time evolution of snow water equivalent with passive microwave measurements

This paper presents an algorithm that estimates the spatial distribution and temporal evolution of snow water equivalent and snow depth based on passive remote sensing measurements. It combines the inversion of passive microwave remote sensing measurements via dense media radiative transfer modeling results with snow accumulation and melt model...

Guo, J.; Tsang, L.; Josberger, E.G.; Wood, A.W.; Hwang, J.-N.; Lettenmaier, D.P.
Mapping the spatial distribution and time evolution of snow water equivalent with passive microwave measurements; 2003; Article; Journal; IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing; Guo, J.; Tsang, L.; Josberger, E. G.; Wood, A. W.; Hwang, J. -N.; Lettenmaier, D. P.

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Migration behavior of juvenile salmonids and evaluation of a modified flume entrance at Cowitz Falls Dam, Washington, 2001

Historically, the Cowlitz River watershed supported abundant runs of anadromous salmonids. The completion of the surface collection system and fish facility at the Cowlitz Falls Dam presented a unique opportunity to restore anadromous salmonids to the upper Cowlitz River watershed. Collecting smolts at Cowlitz Falls Dam, or before they enter the...

Farley, M.J.; Perry, R.W.; Shurtleff, D.J.; Feil, D.H.; Rondorf, D.W.

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Swimming performance and physiological responses to exhaustive exercise in radio-tagged and untagged Pacific lampreys

Populations of Pacific lamprey Lampetra tridentata have declined in the Columbia River basin. One factor that may have contributed to this reduction in population size is an excessive use of energy by adult lampreys as they negotiate fishways at dams during spawning migrations. To gain an understanding of the performance capacity of Pacific...

Mesa, M.G.; Bayer, J.M.; Seelye, J.G.
Swimming performance and physiological responses to exhaustive exercise in radio-tagged and untagged Pacific lampreys; 2003; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Mesa, M. G.; Bayer, J. M.; Seelye, J. G.

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Three-dimensional fish tracking to evaluate the removable spillway weir at Lower Granite Dam during 2002, Annual report 2002

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Cash, K.M; Hatton, T.W; Jones, E.C.; Magie, R.J.; Mayer, K.C.; Swyers, N.M.; Adams, N.S; Rondorf, D.W.

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July 30, 2013

K1 East Transect – 2013

Permanent Site: K1 East Transect; Depth: 6.2 Meters (20.4 Feet) & 6.6 Meters (21.5 Feet); Distance from river mouth: 4.5 Kilometers (2.8 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 2 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.13592923,-123.5101581; Site Description: This is a shallow site. Sediment is a gravel/sand mixture. This video includes footage from surveys conducted both on 

July 29, 2013

A2 East Transect – 2013

Permanent Site: A2 East Transect; Depth: 12.8 Meters (Feet 42); Distance from river mouth: Kilometers 1.8 (1.1 Miles); Pre/Post Dam Removal: 2 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.14130295, -123.58766124; Site Description: One of our deeper sites at over 40 feet. Sediment is primarily sand/sandy mud. Seaweeds are absent this year. Woody debris is seen on transect for the

July 23, 2013

H1 East Transect – 2014

Permanent Site: H1 East Transect; Depth: 5.5 Meters (Feet 17.8); Distance from river mouth: 2.4 Kilometers (1.5 Miles) east; Pre/Post Dam Removal: 3 years post-dam removal; Lat/Long: 48.1479177,-123.53472865; Site Description: This is a shallow site and one of the farthest removed from the effects of the sediment plume outside of the control sites. Substrate is still

Field Studies at Mount St. Helens...
July 19, 2013

Field Studies at Mount St. Helens

Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) students Javier Pacheco (Costa Rica) and Syegi Kunrat (Indonesia) participate in field studies at Mount St. Helens.

Teachers take a guided walk on the Hummocks Trail at Mount St. Hele...
June 25, 2013

Teachers take a guided walk on the Hummocks Trail at Mount St. Helens

Teachers take a guided walk on the Hummocks Trail, learning about the depositional features of the May 18, 1980 eruption.

Teachers learn about hummocks at Mount St. Helens workshop....
June 24, 2013

Teachers learn about hummocks at Mount St. Helens workshop.

Todd Cullings, with the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, leads teachers in activities they can do with students before hiking the Hummocks Trail.

Scientists kneeling in water, taking samples
April 29, 2013

Collecting Benthic Invertebrates

USGS scientists, Steve Rubin and Karl Stenberg, collecting samples to determine the distribution of benthic invertebrates in the Skagit River delta during an extreme low-tide. Information on the distribution and abundance of invertebrates will help resource managers better understand how fish, such as Chinook salmon use the delta.

Maintenance at the September Lobe Monitoring Station at Mount St. H...
April 24, 2013

Maintenance at the Sep. Lobe Monitoring Station at Mount St. Helens.

The September Lobe monitoring station is part of the network of monitoring stations that detects and reports subtle changes in the volcanic vent area. At 2150 m (about 7100 ft) elevation, maintenance is performed during good weather to keep the station fully functional.

February 28, 2013

PubTalk 2/2013 — Is "THE IMPOSSIBLE" Possible in the Pacific Northwest

-- Coastal Community Tsunami Hazards and Risk

By Nathan Wood, Geographer

 

  • The movie "The Impossible", currently showing in theaters, portrays the destruction of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
  • Recent tsunami disasters in the Pacific Ocean testify to their destructive power -- are similar events likely in the
Rime ice coats telemetry system at Mount St. Helens....
February 27, 2013

Rime ice coats telemetry system at Mount St. Helens.

To monitor volcanoes, scientists rely on remote monitoring equipment that can operate 24-hours a day and 365-days a year to deliver real-time data. When scientists design and install monitoring stations, they must consider the remoteness of sites, terrain, and winter conditions. Here, rime ice coats a telemetry system that transmits data near Mount St. Helens, Washington

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Sample bottles from pump sampler on the Elwha River
February 1, 2013

Sample bottles from pump sampler on the Elwha River

Sample bottle carousel from automated ISCO pump sampler deployed on the Elwha River, Washington to obtain suspended sediment samples.

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USGS
February 12, 1997

A special symposium, "Integrating Watershed Ecosystem Studies for Improved Natural Resource Management" will be presented in Seattle, WA, on February 15 as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

USGS
January 3, 1997

The floods have crested and are beginning to recede in most places in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless dozens of U.S. Geological Survey personnel, who were busy over the holidays measuring the high streamflows and keeping river stage monitors operating, are still busy in the field and in their offices. Field crews have been hampered by mudslides, road closures, and extremely dangerous condition

USGS
December 12, 1996

An earthquake generated by two tectonic plates sliding past one another in the Pacific Northwest could be as large as magnitude 9, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
September 9, 1996

Measurements of the volume and rate of flows of the flooding Potomac River will be made on the 14th St. Bridge beginning at about 10:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 9, 1996) by the U.S. Geological Survey. Measuring efforts by the USGS using special cranes and weights will continue for several hours.

USGS
November 30, 1995

Flood waters are peaking and beginning to recede in the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, area according to streamflow specialists of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a science agency of the Department of the Interior.

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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