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Olympic National Park


  Partnership Projects in Olympic National Park

  • 2002 - Persistent Organic Pollution and Heavy Metals in Glacial Fed Lakes and Aquatic Biota (multi-park project)

    2004 - Transport of Suspended Sediment and Effect on Aquatic Habitat in Elwha River

  • 2006 - Construct a Nutrient Budget for Lake Crescent to Assess the Impact of Human Nutrient Enrichment

  • 2006 - Monitoring Suspended Sediment in the Elwha River

  • 2006 - Microbial Source Identification and Characterization in Lake Crescent

  • 2008 - Nearshore Effects of Residential Wastewater-Influenced Groundwater on Lake Crescent

  • 2008 - Developing Critical Loads for Atmospheric Deposition of Inorganic Nitrogen in Network Lakes (multi-park project)


Sheibley, R.W., Foreman, J.R., Moran, P.W., Swarzenski, P.W., 2012, Atmospheric deposition, water-quality, and sediment data for selected lakes in Mount Rainer, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks, Washington, 2008-10: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series: 2012-721, 46 p.

Konrad, C.P. 2009. Simulating the recovery of suspended sediment transport and river-bed stability in response to dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington. Ecological Engineering, 35(7), July 2009, 1104-1115.

Curran, C.A., Konrad, C.P. Higgins, J.L. Bryan, M.K., 2009, Estimates of sediment load prior to dam removal in the Elwha River, Clallam County, Washington:  U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5221, 19 p.

Moran, P.W., A. Neelakanteswar, R.W. Black, and M.M. Vijayan. 2007. Tissue contaminants and associated transcriptional response in trout liver from high elevation lakes of Washington. Environmental Science and Technology, 41(18) 6591-6597, doi: 10.1021/es070550y.

Moran, P.H., Cox, S.E., Embrey, S.S., Huffman, R.L., Olsen, T.D., Fradkin, S.C., 2012,  Sources and sinks of nitrogen and phosphorus to a deep, oligotrophic lake, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington:  U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5107. 64 p.

Munn, M.D., R.W. Black, A.L. Haggland, M.A. Hummling, and R.L. Huffman. 1999. An assessment of stream habitat and nutrients in the Elwha River basin: Implications for restoration. U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 98-4223. 38 p.


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