Idaho Water Science Center
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.Learn More
Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of ReservoirsLearn More
Spatial and temporal trends in selenium in the upper Blackfoot River watershed, southeastern Idaho, 2001–16
Phosphate mining in southeastern Idaho has been an important economic driver for the region and State for over 100 years, but weathering of mining waste rock has also released selenium into the Blackfoot River. This report analyzes and presents data from three separate but complementary studies monitoring selenium in streams in the region. The U.S...Zinsser, Lauren M.; Mebane, Christopher A.; Mladenka, Greg C.; Van Every, Lynn R.; Williams, Marshall L.
Coeur d’Alene Basin Environmental Monitoring Program, surface water, northern Idaho—Annual data summary, water year 2017
Streams within the Coeur d’Alene River drainage basin in northern Idaho have been extensively affected by historical mining activities and are subject to ongoing remedial actions as part of the Bunker Hill Mining & Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates 12 real-time streamgages and collects surface-...Zinsser, Lauren M.
Idaho water use, 2015
The ability to quantify water resources hinges on the understanding of water use by the population. The demand humans place on the water cycle varies across the United States, driven by both need and availability. The U.S. Geological Survey quantifies water use nationally, at the county scale, with estimates of water withdrawals and deliveries, by...Murray, Erin M.