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Water Quality in the Willamette River at Portland, OR

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View to west from Morrison Bridge site
(Photo by J. Needoba, 9-Dec-2008)
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been monitoring water quality in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers for many years. The USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) collects water samples from the Willamette River at Portland, as well as from select sites upstream, as part of a continuing effort to assess the quality of the Nation's waters. The USGS Oregon Water Science Center has multiple ongoing projects investigating water quality in the Willamette River Basin as well as in the Columbia River and the Columbia River estuary.

Portland State University (PSU) collaborates with the USGS on numerous studies, and has welcomed the USGS Oregon Water Science Center into the new PSU School of the Environment. PSU has conducted studies of water quality in the rivers and lakes of Oregon for many years.

The Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (CMOP) studies the Pacific Ocean and the coastal margins of Oregon and Washington, particularly in the Columbia River estuary and in those coastal areas affected by the Columbia River's discharge. CMOP is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, and University of Washington.

Recognizing an excellent opportunity to share data and collaborate on similar research and monitoring efforts, USGS and PSU and CMOP scientists are working together to monitor sites in the Columbia River estuary and the Portland Harbor. New monitoring equipment has been installed in the Willamette River at the Morrison Bridge (USGS site 14211720) as part of this collaboration. Other joint efforts may include increased monitoring in the Columbia River at the Beaver Army Terminal (USGS site 14246900).

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