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US Geological Survey / National Park Service - Water Quality Partnership


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)

  • 2015 - Understanding the Direct and Indirect Effects of Dam Removal on Water Quality and Primary and Secondary Productivity in the Elwha River

  • 2018 - Assessment of beach-spawning habitat restoration on dissolved oxygen, groundwater upwelling, and egg survival of Lake Ozette Sockeye, OLYM

  • 2021 - Rapid Response Strategy for Potential Toxin Exposures from HABs in Coastal and Shoreline Areas of National Parks

Partnership Publications

Cox, S.E., Moran, P.W., Huffman, R.L., and Fradkin, S.C., 2016, Monitoring plant tissue nitrogen isotopes to assess nearshore inputs of nitrogen to Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5054, 20 p.,

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.

Eagles-Smith, C.A., Nelson, S.J., Willacker, J.J., Jr., Flanagan Pritz, C.M., and Krabbbenhoft, D.P., 2016, Dragonfly Mercury Project—A citizen science driven approach to linking surface-water chemistry and landscape characteristics to biosentinels on a national scale: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3005, 4 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.

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.

Moran, P.W., Neelakanteswar, A., Black, R.W. and Vijayan, M.M., 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.

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.

Sheibley, R.W., Enache, M., Swarzenski, P.W., Moran, P.W. and Foreman, J.R., 2014, Nitrogen deposition effects on diatom communities in lakes from three national parks in Washington State. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Feb. 2014, 225:1857.

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.


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