USGS Washington Water Science Center
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Located on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, the Dosewallips River drains about 100 square miles into Dabob Bay, an arm of Hood Canal. The Dosewallips is home to two species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Puget Sound chinook and Hood Canal summer chum.
To help the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe protect and enhance the aquatic habitat of the listed species, the USGS is mapping current and potential habitat of the Dosewallips River. The USGS is using remotely sensed elevation data (LIDAR) and digital photography to identify natural habitat. Information from the study will serve as a baseline to evaluate the progress of recovery of the watershed.