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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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Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of Reservoirs

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Date published: October 21, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, October 2019

October 2019 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Date published: October 1, 2019

Detecting Invasive and Rare Species with the National Streamflow Network

Two recently published papers suggest the integration of environmental DNA, or eDNA, sampling at select National Streamflow Network streamgages in the U.S. Northwest is feasible.

Date published: September 25, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, September 2019

September 2019 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

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Trace metal and nutrient loads from groundwater seepage into the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River near Smelterville, northern Idaho, 2017

The Coeur d’Alene mining district in northern Idaho historically was a globally important source of lead, zinc, and silver, but over 100 years of mining has left a legacy of metals contamination in the Coeur d’Alene River valley. Previous studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and others have indicated that groundwater discharging into the...

Zinsser, Lauren M.
Zinsser, L.M., 2019, Trace metal and nutrient loads from groundwater seepage into the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River near Smelterville, northern Idaho, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5113, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195113.

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Vertical distribution of microplastics in the water column and surficial sediment from the Milwaukee River basin to Lake Michigan

Microplastic contamination was studied along a freshwater continuum from inland streams to the Milwaukee River estuary to Lake Michigan, and vertically from the water surface, water subsurface and sediment. Microplastics were detected in all 96 water samples and nine sediment samples collected. Results indicated a gradient of polymer presence with...

Lenaker, Peter L.; Baldwin, Austin K.; Corsi, Steven R.; Mason, Sherri A.; Reneau, Paul; Scott, John W

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Prioritizing chemicals of ecological concern in Great Lakes tributaries using high-throughput screening data and adverse outcome pathways

Chemical monitoring data were collected in surface waters from 57 Great Lakes tributaries from 2010-13 to identify chemicals of potential biological relevance and sites at which these chemicals occur. Traditional water-quality benchmarks for aquatic life based on in vivo toxicity data were available for 34 of 67 evaluated chemicals. To expand...

Corsi, Steven R.; DeCicco, Laura A.; Daniel Villeneuve; Brett Blackwell; Kellie Fay; Gerald Ankley; Baldwin, Austin K.