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Water Surface Images of Willow Creek Reservoir in Heppner, Oregon (2015 and 2016)


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Smith, C.D., 2017, Water surface images of Willow Creek Reservoir in Heppner, Oregon (2015 and 2016): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


A camera was deployed to monitor cyanobacterial surface blooms occurring in Willow Creek Reservoir in Heppner, Oregon. The camera was positioned above the water and facing downwards to achieve the desired contrast in colors. With the appropriate permissions from USACE, the camera was attached to a railing of the Willow Creek Dam in the northwest corner of the reservoir about 70 feet above the surface of the water. The system was powered by a solar panel and large battery. The camera was programmed to take a series of 5 pictures from different angles every 15 minutes during daylight hours. During 2015, the camera was installed on May 14 and retrieved on November 9. A polarizing lens specific to the Axis 214 camera was tested from May [...]


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Cassandra Smith
Originator :
Cassandra Smith
Metadata Contact :
Cassandra Smith
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Oregon Water Science Center

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Images from May 14- June 10, 271.34 MB
Images from June 10- Sept 21, 327.9 MB
Images from Sept 21- Nov 9, 365.28 MB
Images from July 20- Sept 30, 365.85 MB
Images from Oct 1- Oct 31, 393.87 MB
Images from Nov 1- Nov 22, 194.96 MB


The data were collected to test the functionality of using a camera as a monitoring tool for cyanobacterial blooms at remote sites. In 2015, images were saved internally to the camera. In 2016, images were telemetered to a website to allow researchers and resource managers to view the reservoir in near-real time.



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DOI doi:10.5066/F72B8WXK

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