If you have spent any time on the Olympic Peninsula or in the Olympic National Park, you have witnessed, firsthand, the amazing power of the region’s rivers. From the mighty Quinault to the famously dam free Elwha, rivers are the bringers of life to this densely forested area. With over 10 feet of rain falling each year in the rainforest of the Olympic National Park, water plays an important part in sustaining life here. Millions of salmon, swimming for years around the Pacific Ocean, return home to the sweet smell of our rivers. Our eagles, bobcats and bears eat, and the circle of life continues.
The rivers of the Olympic National Park are well known, but simple facts, like distance, elevation change and tributaries are often overlooked. Luckily, the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) has created a website that allows you to find out a wealth of information on every river in the county, all with the click of a button.
The website, (located here: http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html) is called Streamer and is a great place to lose track of time. With Streamer, you are able to do many different functions on their interactive map. Some of the cool things you can do are:
– Trace a river upstream to its mouth, with every tributary highlighted.
– Trace a river downstream from its source, seeing how it travels
– Get detailed information about distance and elevation change
– Get details about the states, counties and cities the river impacts
– Get the numbers of tributaries a river has
– Share the information via Facebook and Twitter
– Locations of USGS Gages
– And more
Examples of Regional Rivers
The Columbia- Upstream
Distance: 36,928 miles
Skagit River- Upstream
Distance: 760 miles
The Hoh- Upstream
Distance: 80 Miles
Distance: 106 Miles
The Elwha- Upstream
Distance: 88 miles
Distance: 68 miles
Have a river you want to know about? http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html
Maybe you just want to play around with the site? http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html
Check out the website and enjoy!