USGS Washington Water Science Center
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As part of the President's Forest Plan, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is conducting watershed analyses in Nation's forests. The analyses will consider how aquatic, terrestrial, and human elements interact in positive and detrimental ways to affect the overall health of the watershed ecosystem. The analyses will also identify critical data needed for adequate assessment of conditions, will identify data gaps, and will start to formulate baseline data and trends as a basis for future analysis and restoration in the basins. One of the first watershed analyses is of the Cook and McCalla Basins near Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula.
The USGS is participating in the Watershed Analysis Team for the watershed analysis of the Cook and McCalla Basins, along with representatives from the USFS, the Quinault Indian Nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Rayonier Corporation (a timber company). The analysis relies heavily on existing information about the state of the watershed, for which the USGS can provide sound, readily accessible scientific data. The USGS also is providing special, indepth assistance with the aquatic element of the analysis.