This is your direct link to all kinds of water resource
information. Here you'll find information on Washington's
rivers and streams. You'll also find information about ground
water, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS
operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.
Under Rainier's crater, a natural laboratory like no other Below the ice cap at Mount Rainier's summit lies a network of otherworldly grottoes explored this summer by scientists and cavers...The USGS regularly samples more accessible volcanoes, but has no helium data from Rainier. Bachmann's specimens, collected in tiny copper tubes, will provide a baseline....(more)
Mercury Finds a Way--Even into the Pristine National Parks Although generally low in concentration, a study of mercury levels in fish in 21 Western national parks did find some locations where mercury concentrations exceeded health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds, and humans, according to USGS and National Park Service researchers in a recent publication.....(more)