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Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Western Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the Western Great Basin Province 5018.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Idaho-Snake River Downwarp Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessment of the Idaho-Snake River Downwarp Province 5017.

    Date published: December 4, 2018
    Status: Active

    Life History of Pacific Northwest Fishes through Age and Growth Structures

    The focus of our research is the ecological analysis of Pacific Northwest fishes through age and growth structures such as: scales, fin rays and otoliths (small calcium carbonate deposits beneath the brain used in hearing and balance that grow in proportion to the overall growth of the fish). These structures are utilized as research tools for understanding life histories and habitat...

    Date published: November 29, 2018
    Status: Active

    Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Wyoming Thrust Belt Province 5036 in Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.

      Date published: November 19, 2018
      Status: Active

      Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Eastern Great Basin Province of eastern Nevada, western Utah, southeastern Idaho, and northwestern Arizona 5019.

         

        Date published: November 16, 2018
        Status: Active

        Eastern Oregon-Washington Oil and Gas Assessments

        In 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed the following assessments of undiscovered gas resources of the Eastern Oregon and Washington Province 5005.

          Date published: November 16, 2018
          Status: Active

          Western Oregon-Washington Oil and Gas Assessments

          The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Western Oregon and Washington Province 5004.

            Date published: October 25, 2018
            Status: Active

            Operational remote sensing on the verge of changing water resources management- Kyle Blasch

            Have you ever thought that our nation’s satellites could be put to better use than watching you drink your fifth cup of coffee as you prepare for final exams? If so, then this is a project that you would enjoy.  The hydrologic community is at a pivotal moment in the application of remote sensing into everyday decision making and we need you.

            Date published: October 23, 2018
            Status: Active

            Examining controls on the solubility in the ocean of iron from dust and volcanic ash- John Crusius

            Biological productivity in the Gulf of Alaska is limited by availability of the micronutrient iron. Dust derived from Alaskan glacial flour and from Asian deserts, and ash from Alaskan volcanoes, episodically supply iron from the atmosphere. This internship would carry out studies on archived material from a variety of dust and ash samples to examine controls on the supply of this...

            Date published: October 18, 2018
            Status: Completed

            Effects of Nanophyetus salmincola on the Health and Survival of Puget Sound Steelhead

            Low early marine survival rates of Puget Sound steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), the state fish of Washington, have contributed to its dramatic population decline and current listing as a “Threatened Species” under the Endangered Species Act. Determining the cause(s) of this elevated mortality remains a primary objective of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a large US / Canada effort...

            Date published: October 18, 2018
            Status: Active

            Genomic Mechanisms that Underlie Lack of Recovery of Prince William Sound Herring Following the 1990s Collapse

            In the decades following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS), it has become increasingly apparent that oil can be toxic at extremely low concentrations to developing fish embryos including herring, where some toxic phenotypes may be apparent during embryogenesis, but some are delayed until later in life. Therefore, acute and lingering oil may act as an insidious selective force within...

            Contacts: Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., Jacob Gregg, Ashley MacKenzie, William Richards, Andrew Whitehead, John Incardona, Nat Scholtz
            Date published: October 18, 2018
            Status: Active

            Herring Disease Program

            Using an approach that involves a combination of field- and laboratory-based studies, we are investigating fish health factors that may be contributing to the failed recovery of Pacific herring populations in Prince William Sound, AK.  Field studies are providing infection and disease prevalence data to inform the population models, serological data that indicate the prior exposure history and...

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            Date published: September 24, 2018

            National Water Information System Elwha River at Diversion

            Site Number 12046260 Elwha River at diversion near Port Angeles, WA

            Date published: September 24, 2018

            National Water Information System McDonald Bridge

            Site Number 12045500 Elwha River at McDonald Bridge Near Port Angeles, WA

            Date published: August 28, 2018

            USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

            Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

            Date published: August 15, 2018

            Water, Soil, Rock, and Sediment Geochemistry Data from the Vicinity of Yellow Pine, Idaho, 2015-2017

            Water and sediment samples were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at or near baseflow conditions from 2015-2017 in the East Fork South Fork Salmon River watershed near Yellow Pine, Valley County, Idaho. Soil, rock and tailings samples were collected in June 2015. Sampling focused on Cinnabar Creek, which flows through the

            Date published: August 1, 2018

            MODFLOW-NWT model used to simulate groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington

            A three-dimensional, groundwater flow model (MODFLOW-NWT) was developed to
            examine groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington. The
            model was calibrated to conditions from 1920 to 2013. The model was used to
            (1) determine the change in groundwater storage from 1920 to 2013 , and
            (2) simulate the potential effects of increases in pumping.

            Date published: July 12, 2018

            Data collected in 2008-2010 to evaluate juvenile salmon and forage fish use of eelgrass on the Skagit River Delta, Washington State, USA

            Data are abundance and body size (length) of juvenile salmon, forage fish, and other species captured with a lampara net in eelgrass and nearby unvegetated habitat on the Skagit River Delta monthly, April-September, 2008-2010, as well as vegetation status, water depth, temperature, salinity, and clarity for each fish netting event.

            Date published: May 3, 2018

            Land Treatment Exploration Tool

            The Land Treatment Exploration Tool is designed for resource managers to use when planning land treatments. The tool provides useful summaries of environmental characteristics of planned treatment areas and facilitates adaptive management practices by comparing those characteristics to other similar treatments within a specified distance or area of interest. ...

            Date published: April 24, 2018

            Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring: Data Tables

            Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring Study.  Links to collected snowpack chemistry data.

            Date published: April 23, 2018

            Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring Station List

            Snowpack monitoring site identification and snow-sampling-site location information.

             

            Date published: April 3, 2018

            Surface-Water for Washington

            Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in Washington. Surface-water data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

            Date published: February 21, 2018

            High-resolution bathymetry and acoustic-backscatter data collected in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 in Skagit Bay, Washington

            This data release provides the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 bathymetry data that was collected in Skagit Bay, Washington as well as a merged 2005-2010 bathymetry grid. Also, this data release provides the acoustic-backscatter as a merged 2005-2010 backscatter image.

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            USGS Scientists taking sediment core at Six Gill Slough restored marsh.
            May 30, 2019

            USGS Scientists taking sediment core at Six Gill Slough restored marsh

            USGS Scientists taking sediment core USGS Scientists taking sediment core at Six Gill Slough restored marsh.

            Rear-arc basalt lava outcrop
            April 2, 2019

            Rear-arc basalt lava outcrop

            A 3-4m (10-12 ft) high outcrop of basalt lava, part of a broader lava flow. These flows were erupted about 300,000 years ago following basalt dike intrusions in a rear-arc region of northern California. The eruptions of three of these flows are thought to have taken place within several hundred years of each other.

            Color photo of USGS researchers in Idaho
            February 8, 2019

            USGS EROS Researchers in Idaho

            USGS EROS contractor Minsu Kim, left, and USGS Scientist Jeffrey Danielson stand with a GPS device in northern Idaho, where they were part of a research project to conduct topobathymetric research along the Kootenai River of northern Idaho.

            root nodules
            January 2, 2019

            Alder root nodules

            Root nodules are a symbiotic relationship between a plant and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. A symbiotic relationship is one where both organisms benefit. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria change inorganic nitrogen from the air into ammonia, a form of nitrogen most organisms can use. They also use a process called rock dissolution to release other nutrients, such as calcium and

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            bee approaching a flower
            December 31, 2018

            Male leafcutting bee (Megachile) approaching an Origanum

            The alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata) is an introduced species common to Southwest Idaho. They originate from the old world, most likely from northeastern Africa or the Middle East. These bees are successful pollinators of various crops and have been imported to North America for use in agriculture and beekeeping.

            USGS hydrographer measuring streamflow on Warm Springs Creek, Idaho
            December 19, 2018

            USGS hydrographer measuring streamflow on Warm Springs Creek, Idaho

            Justin McKoon, hydrologic technicians with the USGS Idaho Water Science Center, measures treamflow at USGS streamgage station 13124265, Warm Springs Creek below diversion near Mackay, Idaho.

            November 2, 2018

            Image of the Week - Elwha River Dam Removal

            In September 2011, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history began. 

            Two dams built on the Elwha River in the early 1900s created two reservoirs in northwestern Washington. They also greatly reduced the amount of sediment flowing to the river’s delta and blocked salmon migration upstream into Olympic National Park.

            Each week, the Earth Resources

            Juga sp. snails
            October 17, 2018

            Juga sp. snails

            Juga sp. snails, the molluscan intermediate host for Nanophyetus salmincola, populate the bottom of a stream bed in a south Puget Sound watershed.

            Landscape photo of mountains in distance with low clouds filling valley in mid-ground and pine tress on slope in foreground
            October 10, 2018

            Sunrise at Mount St. Helens

            The sun rises at Mount St. Helens (pictured in the distance), with low-level clouds covering Coldwater Lake. The view is from the Coldwater Science and Learning Center, the site of the 2018 GeoGirls field camp program.

            September 25, 2018

            First mission: USGS UAS monitors gas emissions at Mount St. Helens

            On September 25, 2018, a team of three scientists based at the USGS–Cascades Volcano Observatory conducted the first-ever USGS-led Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) campaign at Mount St. Helens. The UAS survey was conducted with the permission and coordination of the U.S. Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

            The team used a multi-rotor UAS (“

            September 25, 2018

            First mission: USGS UAS monitors gas emissions at Mount St. Helens —AD

            On September 25, 2018, a team of three scientists based at the USGS–Cascades Volcano Observatory conducted the first-ever USGS-led Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) campaign at Mount St. Helens. The UAS survey was conducted with the permission and coordination of the U.S. Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

            The team used a multi-rotor UAS (“

            View looks down on a river from behind a metal fence, and the image is time-stamped to show it's a web camera from the USGS.
            September 24, 2018

            Diversion web cam on the Elwha River

            Web cam mounted near USGS gaging station site number 12046260, looking upstream from the water supply diversion structure on the lower Elwha River near Port Angeles in Washington.

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            animated satellite images showing sediment outflow over time from Elwha River
            September 5, 2018

            Starting in 2011, the National Park Service removed two obsolete dams from the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, Washington. It was the world’s largest dam-removal project. Over the next five years, water carrying newly freed rocks, sand, silt and old tree trunks reshaped more than 13 miles of river and built a larger delta into the Pacific Ocean.

            Lava dome within the Mount St Helens' crater, 1980-86 (right) and t...
            September 3, 2018

            The atypical location of Mount St. Helens may be due to geologic structures that control where deep magmas can rise through the crust, as suggested by new findings published today in Nature Geoscience.

            8 young women with giant red ballon. snow-covered mountain in background.
            July 26, 2018

            Twenty-five middle-school girls from Washington and Oregon are participating in the fourth annual “GeoGirls” outdoor volcano science program at Mount St. Helens, jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

            poster/flier advertizing open house at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, May 12, 2018
            May 1, 2018

            MEDIA ADVISORY

            Have you ever wondered what scientists do at a volcano observatory when a volcano is not erupting? There is plenty to accomplish—probably more than you can imagine.

            Large snow-covered, cone shaped mountain in background, looming over urban area in foreground
            April 30, 2018

            May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington, providing residents an opportunity to become more familiar with volcanic risk in their communities and learn about steps they can take to reduce potential impacts.

            Bear Lake to Receive Water Quality and Weather Monitoring Equipment
            March 30, 2018

            Bear Lake will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment that will provide near real-time information to the public and water managers beginning in early April and continuing through 2022.

            A muddy river in the background flows into a clear river in the foreground.
            November 1, 2017

            TACOMA, Wash. — The U.S. Geological Survey recently published the results of a new five-year suspended-sediment and water temperature study from the Sauk River. The purpose of this study is to improve understanding of the magnitude and timing of suspended sediment from the Sauk River and its tributaries to the Skagit River.

            Aerial view of red dye in the Kootenai River
            September 18, 2017

            BONNERS FERRY, Idaho — From Sept. 24 through 29, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct dye tracer and aerial mapping studies on northern Idaho’s Kootenai River. Data from the studies will support Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho fisheries and river restoration projects.

            A wildfire in a forest
            September 7, 2017

            A growing number of wildfire-burned areas throughout the western United States are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

            USGS science for a changing world
            August 14, 2017

            The U.S. Geological Survey awarded approximately $4.9 million this week to six universities and a university-governed non-profit, to support transitioning the west coast “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system into a production system.

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