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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: January 22, 2020

Idaho Hydrologic Update, January 2020

January 2020 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: January 9, 2020

USGS Scientists Presenting at the 30th Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality hosts its 30th Annual Idaho Water Quality Workshop, February 11-13, at Boise State University.

Date published: December 16, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, December 2019

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

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Hydrogeologic framework of the Treasure Valley and surrounding area, Idaho and Oregon

Most of the population of the Treasure Valley and the surrounding area of southwestern Idaho and easternmost Oregon depends on groundwater for domestic supply, either from domestic or municipal-supply wells. As of 2017, 41 percent of Idaho’s population was concentrated in Idaho’s portion of the Treasure Valley, and current and projected rapid...

Bartolino, James R.
Bartolino, J.R., 2019, Hydrogeologic framework of the Treasure Valley and surrounding area, Idaho and Oregon (ver. 1.1, January 2020): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5138, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195138.

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Iodine-129 in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2017–18

From 1953 to 1988, approximately 0.941 curies of iodine-129 (129I) were contained in wastewater generated at the Idaho National Laboratory, with almost all of it discharged at or near the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). Until 1984, most of the wastewater was discharged directly into the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP)...

Maimer, Neil V.; Bartholomay, Roy C.
Maimer, N.V., and Bartholomay, R.C., 2019, Iodine-129 in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019-5133, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195133.

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Transmissivity and geophysical data for selected wells at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2017–18

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, conducted aquifer tests during 2017–18 on 101 wells at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, to define the hydraulic characteristics for individual wells. These were short-duration aquifer tests, conducted with a limited number of observations during routine...

Twining, Brian V.; Maimer, Neil V.
Twining, B.V., and Maimer, N.V., 2019, Transmissivity and geophysical data for selected wells located at and near the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019-5134, 30 p. plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195134.