Idaho Water Science Center

Our Mission

Our Mission

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: June 25, 2018

Idaho Hydrologic Update, June 2018

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

Date published: May 18, 2018

Idaho Hydrologic Update, May 2018

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

Date published: April 30, 2018

Idaho Hydrologic Update, April 2018

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

Publications

Year Published: 2018

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.
Zinsser, L.M., 2018, Coeur d’Alene Basin Environmental Monitoring Program, surface water, northern Idaho—Annual data summary, water year 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1113, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181113.

Year Published: 2018

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.
Murray, E.M., 2018, Idaho water use, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3036, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183036.

Year Published: 2018

Estimates of water use and trends in the Colorado River Basin, Southwestern United States, 1985–2010

The Colorado River Basin (CRB) drains 246,000 square miles and includes parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, and all of Arizona (Basin States). This report contains water-use estimates by category of use for drainage basins (Hydrologic Unit Code 8; HUC‑8) within the CRB from 1985 to 2010, at 5-year intervals....

Maupin, Molly A.; Ivahnenko, Tamara I.; Bruce, Breton
Maupin, M.A., Ivahnenko, T., and Bruce, B., 2018, Estimates of water use and trends in the Colorado River Basin, Southwestern United States, 1985–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5049, 61 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185049.