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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: March 14, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, March 2019

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

Date published: February 27, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, February 2019

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

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

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Bridge scour countermeasure assessments at select bridges in the United States, 2016–18

In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration published Hydraulic Engineering Circular No. 23 (HEC-23) to provide specific design and implementation guidelines for bridge scour and stream instability countermeasures. However, the effectiveness of countermeasures implemented over the past decade following those guidelines has not been evaluated....

Dudunake, Taylor J.; Huizinga, Richard J.; Fosness, Ryan L.
Dudunake, T.J., Huizinga , R.J., and Fosness, R.L., 2019, Bridge scour countermeasure assessments at select bridges in the United States, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1008, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191008.

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