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We provide reliable, impartial scientific information to our local, state, tribal, and federal partners in four basic areas of research: surface water, groundwater, water quality, and water use and availability.

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Featured Study

Featured Study

Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of Reservoirs

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News

Date published: February 19, 2020

Idaho Hydrologic Update, February 2020

February 2020 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: February 14, 2020

News Coverage: New Research Could Aid Early Detection Of Algae Blooms

Boise State Public Radio interviews USGS hydrologist Tyler King about a new study to address the growing problem of harmful algal blooms in Idaho.

Date published: January 22, 2020

Idaho Hydrologic Update, January 2020

January 2020 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

An update of hydrologic conditions and distribution of selected constituents in water, Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer and perched groundwater zones, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, emphasis 2016–18

Since 1952, wastewater discharged to infiltration ponds (also called percolation ponds) and disposal wells at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has affected water quality in the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) aquifer and perched groundwater zones underlying the INL. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of...

Bartholomay, Roy C.; Maimer, Neil V.; Rattray, Gordon W.; Fisher, Jason C.
Bartholomay, R.C., Maimer, N.V., Rattray, G.W., and Fisher, J.C., 2020, An update of hydrologic conditions and distribution of selected constituents in water, Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer and perched groundwater zones, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, emphasis 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5149, 82 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195149.

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Hydrogeologic framework of the Treasure Valley and surrounding area, Idaho and Oregon

Most of the population of the Treasure Valley and the surrounding area of southwestern Idaho and easternmost Oregon depends on groundwater for domestic supply, either from domestic or municipal-supply wells. As of 2017, 41 percent of Idaho’s population was concentrated in Idaho’s portion of the Treasure Valley, and current and projected rapid...

Bartolino, James R.
Bartolino, J.R., 2019, Hydrogeologic framework of the Treasure Valley and surrounding area, Idaho and Oregon (ver. 1.1, January 2020): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5138, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195138.

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Iodine-129 in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2017–18

From 1953 to 1988, approximately 0.941 curies of iodine-129 (129I) were contained in wastewater generated at the Idaho National Laboratory, with almost all of it discharged at or near the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). Until 1984, most of the wastewater was discharged directly into the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP)...

Maimer, Neil V.; Bartholomay, Roy C.
Maimer, N.V., and Bartholomay, R.C., 2019, Iodine-129 in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019-5133, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195133.