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#onthisday, 106 years ago, we were out measuring the volume of flow in Giant Springs near Great Falls. It’s still flowing and although equipment has changed, we’re still out measuring. #throwbackfriday
Been a chilly few days measuring streamflow in central Montana!  #itsaugustnotoctober #needmorethanonelayer
Safety Selfie! We often use boats in our operations as either transportation to streamgages or at times making measurements. To keep our staff safe, anyone who operates a motor boat must have training. Photo from a recent class conducted on Upper Hauser Lake. #safetyfirst
It takes running a cube-full of water through filters to capture both the water-borne pathogen and what it eats. Summer sampling at hot springs.  #steminternship
Not just a man and his horse.
#USGS scientist Mark Haroldson has spent an entire career (over 40 years!) dedicated to the betterment of #science that has helped the #conservation of #grizzlies. 🐻 
Thank you for your years of public service and dedication to science!

Mark is one of "The Untold Stories of Interior’s Heroes" via @usinterior
It’s that time of year when #USGS scientist Lisa McKeon will head out to the high country of @glaciernps to take repeat photographs of the park’s namesake #glaciers. Not such a bad  way to spend the summer!!

Hoary marmots can be seen near large boulders in alpine meadows from Washington to Alaska. This one was spotted by our research crew in the Northern Cascades in 2016.

For animals like hoary marmots, abundant spring and summer snowpack promotes foraging through the timing of melt-off by providing water for plants during the growing season.

#USGS is studying how changing snowpack effects mountain ecosystems and alpine species such as hoary marmots and American pikas:

#wildlifewednesday #mountains #greatoutdoorsmonth
So happy we got our equipment reeled up before it was snagged by the tree brought downstream by flooding flows in the Sun River below Willow Creek near Augusta. #stillfloodinginmontana #streamgagesofinstagram #patentedcomputerraincover
Full force stream assessment.... in this #fieldphotofriday shot you can see water-quality, streamflow, and elevation data collection equipment.  We are working with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to understand the water resources of the Lame Deer watershed. #collaboration #knowyourwatershed
Fishing boat vs streamgaging boat: we try to stay out of the way of those recreating on the river when collecting data. #movingover Bighorn River near St Xavier #driftboat #streamgagesofinstagram Wonder if they checked the online real-time flows before launching? 🤔
Not quite the same angle, but close enough to see how the stage rose nearly 3 feet while streamflow doubled in 48 hours since we were there Tuesday on the Tongue River at Birney Day School! #birdbonuspicture #lookclosely #streamgagesofinstagram
Measuring streamflow in Tongue River at Tongue River Dam yesterday. In last 24 hrs, stage has risen over a foot and current streamflow is highest for the date (72 yrs of record). Real-time data available for all streamgages using link found at: