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Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of Reservoirs

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Date published: October 29, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, October 2021

October 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: September 28, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, September 2021

September 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: August 30, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, August 2021

August 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Publications

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Sediment transport in the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, water years 2012–19

Placer and dredging operations in the Yankee Fork Basin, Idaho, have left more than 5 miles of the lower Yankee Fork of the Salmon River (Yankee Fork) in a highly altered fluvial condition, resulting in poor habitat quantity and quality for native fish species. Since 2011, the Bureau of Reclamation and other stakeholders have implemented a series...

Clark, Gregory M.; Ducar, Scott D.
Clark, G.M., and Ducar, S.D., 2021, Sediment transport in the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, water years 2012–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5111, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215111.

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Characterization of water resources in the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho

Water resources in the Big Lost River Basin, Idaho are vital to irrigated agriculture, domestic, municipal and other uses but declining groundwater levels, diminished streamflows, and concern about drought motivated an evaluation of water resources in the basin. This multichapter volume documents the findings of a hydrogeologic investigation of...

Zinsser, Lauren M.
Zinsser, L.M., ed., Characterization of water resources in the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5078, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215078.

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Surface-water and groundwater interactions in the Big Lost River, south-central Idaho

The Big Lost River of south-central Idaho interacts with the underlying aquifer by gaining and losing streamflow throughout various areas in the Big Lost River Valley. Surface-water and groundwater resources are used throughout the valley to sustain domestic, agricultural, and livestock needs. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the...

Dudunake, Taylor J.; Zinsser, Lauren M.
Dudunake, T.J., and Zinsser, L.M., 2021, Surface-water and groundwater interactions in the Big Lost River, south-central Idaho, chap. B of Zinsser, L.M., ed., Characterization of water resources in the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5078–B, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215078B.