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Date published: July 11, 2018
Status: Active

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Species Studied

Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Date published: July 11, 2018
Status: Active

Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

Species Studied

Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

Date published: July 10, 2018
Status: Active

Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Research

Snake River fall Chinook salmon were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1992. At that time, little was known about the spawning, rearing, migration, and life history of this species. This long-term research and monitoring project has produced much of the contemporary knowledge on fall Chinook salmon that has been used by fish managers to implement recovery measures. The...

Contacts: Kenneth Tiffan
Date published: June 22, 2018
Status: Active

Seattle, WA Landslide Information

More Information on Seattle's Project Impact.

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Active

Glaciers and Climate Project

Scientists with the Glaciers and Climate Project study many of the pertinent impacts that glaciers present to society, such as altering hydrologic cycles, contributing to sea-level rise, and creating environmental hazards. 

Contacts: Louis Sass, III
Date published: June 8, 2018
Status: Active

Seattle Area, Washington

Monitoring at this site is for researching rainfall thresholds for forecasting landslide potential. Shallow landslides are common on coastal bluffs overlooking Puget Sound.

Contacts: Rex Baum, Ben Mirus, The National Weather Service and the City of Seattle, Washington
Date published: June 8, 2018
Status: Active

Portland, Oregon

Landslides in the West Hills of Portland pose a hazard to people and property.

Contacts: Ben Mirus, Jonathan Godt, Rex Baum, Portland State University, The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Date published: June 8, 2018
Status: Active

Millicoma Meander, Elliott State Forest, Oregon

The USGS and its cooperators have installed instruments in a steep, recently clear-cut basin in the Elliott State Forest.

Contacts: Rex Baum, Jeffrey Coe, Joel Smith, The Oregon Department of Forestry
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Date published: July 25, 2017

Data Release for USGS Field Activity 2014-607-FA--Oregon OCS Seafloor Mapping: Selected Lease Blocks Relevant to Renewable Energy

Data collected during 12-hour day operations in 2014, out of Charleston Harbor near Coos Bay, Oregon. The cruise plan consisted of 23 days on site split between sonar mapping and video ground truth surveying.

Date published: July 19, 2017

Avian abundance and oak mistletoe survey data from the Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2013-2015

This dataset includes two spreadsheets: The "Avian_abundance_oak_mistletoe_bird_data" spreadsheet contains data regarding Oregon White Oak tree (Quercus garryana) measurements. The "Avian_abundance_oak_mistletoe_surveys_data" spreadsheet contains bird survey observations.

Date published: June 30, 2017

Oceanographic measurements and hydrodynamic modeling of the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, 2013

experiment to investigate the hydrodynamics of the mouth of the Columbia River (MCR). The field experiment consisted of the collection of continuous oceanographic data at three moorings, shipboard surveys and Lagrangian drifter deployments to characterize spatial variability in hydrodynamics and water properties, and hydrographic surveys to characterize seafloor morphology in the MCR.

Date published: June 22, 2017

Stream temperature data from Willow-Whitehorse and Little Blitzen watersheds, southeast Oregon, 2011-2015

These tabular, spatial, and code data sets were created in support of a stream temperature monitoring study in the Willow-Whitehorse and Little Blitzen watersheds in southeastern Oregon from 2011-2015.

Date published: March 17, 2017

Water-use data for Oregon

We collect water-use data by area type (state, county, watershed, or aquifer) source (such as rivers or groundwater), and category (such as public supply or irrigation). Oregon water-use data has been reported every 5 years since 1950. The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies as well as academic and private organizations to collect and report withdrawals.

Date published: March 8, 2017

Monthly water level network map

Monthly water level network map

Date published: January 1, 2017

Vessel-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) data from the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, 2013

Spatial surveys of water column currents were performed between June 14 and 16, 2013, in the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington. These data were collected using an acoustic-doppler current profiler (ADCP).

Date published: January 1, 2017

Topography data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, September 2010

This part of the data release presents topography data from the Elwha River delta collected in September 2010. Topography data were collected on foot with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers mounted on backpacks.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Nearshore bathymetry data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, May 2011, collected from personal watercraft

This part of the data release presents bathymetry data from the Elwha River delta collected in May 2011 using two personal watercraft (PWCs). The PWCs were equipped with single-beam echosounders and survey-grade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Riparian vegetation abundance (percent cover) in the Elwha River estuary, Washington, in 2007 and 2014

This portion of the data release presents riparian plant species abundance (percent cover) data from plots sampled in the Elwha River estuary, Washington, in 2007 and 2014. In August 2007, we established 21 vegetation plots within the study area in a stratified random fashion, with three to five plots in five of the vegetation cover types denoted in the habitat classification maps:

Date published: January 1, 2017

Topography data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, March 2013

This part of the data release presents topography data from the Elwha River delta collected in March 2013. Topography data were collected on foot with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers mounted on backpacks.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Nearshore bathymetry data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, September 2013, collected from personal watercraft

This part of the data release presents bathymetry data from the Elwha River delta collected in September 2013 using two personal watercraft (PWCs). The PWCs were equipped with single-beam echosounders and survey-grade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers.

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Researcher works at microscope
November 15, 2017

Researcher works at microscope in Histology Lab

Tissue sections are mounted on glass slides, stained and examined with a microscope that magnifies cellular details up to 2,000 times with brightfield or fluorescence imaging. Microscopes are used in our research to understand the pathological changes caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Additionally, microscopic abnormalities due to

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qPCR for the detection of Rs
November 7, 2017

WFRC qPCR for detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum Image 1

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) assay for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum DNA. A nucleic acid sequence detection system is shown.

qPCR for the detection of Rs
November 7, 2017

WFRC qPCR for detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum Image 2

Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum DNA. Observation of qPCR results on the screen of a sequence detection system.

USGS hydrologist measuring groundwater level in a well
November 1, 2017

USGS hydrologist measuring groundwater level in a well

After receiving permission from the homeowner, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist measures the water level in a well.

DFAT for Renibacterium salmoninarum
November 1, 2017

WFRC DFAT for detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum

Direct fluorescent antibody test (DFAT) for the detection of Renibacterium salmoninarum in tissues. Fluorescing R. salmoninarum cells are visible on a slide.

USGS scientists collect a sediment sample from Brownlee Reservoir
September 28, 2017

USGS scientists collect a sediment sample from Brownlee Reservoir

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Idaho Power Company collected water, sediment, and biological samples from Brownlee Reservoir as part of an ongoing, cooperative study of mercury cycling in the Hells Canyon complex of reservoirs along the Snake River bordering Idaho and Oregon. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is also a partner in the study. 

Legacy of the Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption still defies perfect s...
September 28, 2017

Legacy of Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption still defies perfect solution

Aerial view of Spirit Lake (center) looking north from above the crater of Mount St. Helens. The lake's outlet to the west (left) was blocked by the 1980 landslide, which required a new engineered outlet to maintain the lake at a safe level. A tunnel was drilled through a bedrock ridge on west side of lake in 1984-1985. Glacier covered Mount Rainier in distance. USGS photo

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Photo of a GPS device on the banks of the Kootenai River
September 27, 2017

GPS device on Kootenai River

A GPS device on the banks of the Kootenai River of northern Idaho, where USGS EROS researchers conducted topobathymetry surveys in 2017 using LiDAR and sonar equipment.A GPS device on the banks of the Kootenai River of northern Idaho, where USGS EROS researchers conducted topobathymetry surveys in 2017 using LiDAR and sonar equipment.

Color photo of boat on the Kootenai River
September 27, 2017

Boat on Kootenai River

A boat moves off the banks of the Kootenai River in northern Idaho. Researchers from USGS EROS conducted topobathymetry surveys of the river in 2017 using LiDAR and sonar equipment.

Color photo of Kootenai River, from a boat
September 26, 2017

Kootenai River from boat

A view of the Kootenai River in northern Idaho from a boat. USGS EROS researchers conducted topobathymetry surveys of the river in 2017 using LiDAR and sonar equipment.

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USGS
September 22, 2015

A comprehensive report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey provides new knowledge and tools to aid in the management of critical Columbia Plateau resources while coping with declines in groundwater levels and the uncertainties of climate change.

Image: Severe Coastal Erosion During an El Niño Storm
September 21, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storm events leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean, according to a multi-agency study published today in Nature Geoscience.

USGS
September 15, 2015

A new and highly effective approach to control a viral pathogen that affects threatened steelhead trout in an Idaho hatchery is documented in a new paper.

USGS science for a changing world logo
September 10, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Some of the inner workings of Earth’s subduction zones and their “megathrust” faults are revealed in a paper published today in the journal “Science.” U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeanne Hardebeck calculated the frictional strength of subduction zone faults worldwide, and the stresses they are under.

USGS
September 10, 2015

Tonight, the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, will brighten Portland’s skyline when the bridge’s aesthetic nighttime light program is permanently switched on.

USGS
September 9, 2015

Climate change has a direct and evident impact on Native American tribal communities by disrupting local economies and traditional cultures. Members of tribes from across the United States will convene at the University of Idaho’s McCall Field Campus in June 2016 for the first-ever National Tribal Climate Boot Camp.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Drought
September 8, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technicians are currently taking measurements from hundreds of streams and rivers across the western United States as part of a low flow study.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
September 8, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — The network of greater sage-grouse priority areas is a highly centralized system of conservation reserves. The largest priority areas likely can support sage-grouse populations within their boundaries, but smaller priority areas will need to rely on their neighbors in the surrounding network to sustain local populations, according to new research by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: Seth Moran, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory
August 17, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Seth Moran to serve as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. Moran succeeds John Ewert, who served in the position for the past five years. Moran took the helm on August 9.

Image: Elevation Field Work at Bandon Marsh
August 14, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University released a report this week examining Pacific Northwest tidal wetland vulnerability to sea level rise. Scientists found that, while vulnerability varies from marsh to marsh, most wetlands would likely be resilient to rising sea levels over the next 50-70 years.

USGS
August 4, 2015

A new study now underway by the U.S. Geological Survey is exploring the groundwater resources and geothermal energy potential in drought-stricken areas of eastern Oregon and nearby parts of California, Idaho and Nevada.

USGS
July 30, 2015

Twenty middle school girls from Washington and Oregon are participating in “GeoGirls,” an outdoor program jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

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