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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: December 21, 2018

Idaho Hydrologic Update, December 2018

December 2018 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Date published: November 26, 2018

Idaho Hydrologic Update, November 2018

November 2018 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Date published: October 23, 2018

Idaho Hydrologic Update, October 2018

October 2018 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Sediment transport monitoring of the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, 2012–15

The Yankee Fork of the Salmon River is one of the larger watersheds in the upper Salmon River subbasin of central Idaho. Mining activities since the late 19th century, specifically placer mining and associated dredging from 1940 to 1953, have left the fluvial system in a highly altered and unnatural state. To improve aquatic and terrestrial...

Johnsen, James W.
Johnsen, J.W., 2018, Sediment transport monitoring of the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, 2012–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1189, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181189.

Year Published: 2018

Understanding the captivity effect on invertebrate communities transplanted into an experimental stream laboratory

Little is known about how design and testing methodologies affect the macroinvertebrate communities that are held captive in mesocosms. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a 32‐d test to determine how seeded invertebrate communities changed once removed from the natural stream and introduced to the laboratory. We evaluated larvae survival...

Schmidt, Travis S.; Rogers, Holly; Miller, Janet L.; Mebane, Christopher A.; Balistrieri, Laurie S.
Schmidt, T. S., Rogers, H. A., Miller, J. L., Mebane, C. A. and Balistrieri, L. S. (2018), Understanding the captivity effect on invertebrate communities transplanted into an experimental stream laboratory. Environ Toxicol Chem, 37: 2820-2834. doi:10.1002/etc.4237

Year Published: 2018

Completion summary for borehole TAN-2312 at Test Area North, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho

In 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, drilled and constructed borehole TAN-2312 for stratigraphic framework analyses and long-term groundwater monitoring of the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer at the Idaho National Laboratory in southeast Idaho. The location of borehole TAN-2312 was selected...

Twining, Brian V.; Bartholomay, Roy C.; Hodges, Mary K. V.
Twining, B.V., Bartholomay, R.C., and Hodges, M.K.V., 2018, Completion summary for borehole TAN-2312 at Test Area North, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5118, DOE/ID-22247, 29 p., plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185118.