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Hiking into the Owyhee Canyonlands to install a crest stage gage
October 15, 2018

Hiking into the Owyhee Canyonlands to install a crest stage gage

Bureau of Land Management wilderness ranger Evan Worthington leads U.S. Geological Survey hydrographers John Carricaburu and Russ Miller over a canyon rim and down to Deep Creek to install a crest stage gage. USGS scientists will incorporte data from the gage into an evaluation of streamflow in the Owyhee Canyonlands. The BLM will use those analyses in their water rights

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USGS hydrologic technicians train Kootenai Tribe of Idaho staff
September 4, 2018

USGS hydrologic technicians train Kootenai Tribe of Idaho staff

USGS hydrologic technicians Keith Hein and Pete Elliott explain site selection and operation of USGS streamgages to staff members of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho's Fish and Wildlife Department at streamgage station 12310100, Kootenai River at Tribal Hatchery near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The training was part of the USGS TEchnical training in S

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Assessing bridge scour countermeasures
August 17, 2018

Assessing bridge scour countermeasures

USGS hydrologist Taylor Dudunake assesses the rip-rap countermeasure along the pier of the Iowa State Route 76 bridge over the Upper Iowa River near Dorchester, Iowa. The assessment was part of a nationwide study of bridge scour countermeasures the USGS conducted on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration. 

USGS hydrologic technician collecting a water-quality sample
May 8, 2018

USGS hydrologic technician collecting a water-quality sample

U.S. Geological Survey student hydrologic technician Mike Michelotti collects a water-qaulity sample from the Coeur d'Alene River at Rose Lake, Idaho. USGS streamgage 12413810 can be seen in the background. The sample was collected as part of ongoing water-quality monitoring that the USGS conducts in the Coeur d'Alene River basin on behalf of the U.S. Environmental

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USGS hydrographer on cableway at USGS 12304500, Yaak River near Troy,
April 30, 2018

USGS hydrographer on cableway, USGS 12304500, Yaak River near Troy, MT

USGS hydrologic technician Kevin Kirlin on the cableway over the Yaak River near Troy, Montana

USGS streamgage station 13295000, Valley Creek at Stanley, Idaho
April 23, 2018

USGS streamgage station 13295000, Valley Creek at Stanley, Idaho

USGS streamgage station 13295000, Valley Creek at Stanley, Idaho

USGS hydrologic technicians collecting water-quality samples
March 16, 2018

USGS hydrologic technicians collecting water-quality samples

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technicians Kevin Kirlin (left) and Ryan Smith collect water-quality samples from the Coeur d'Alene River near Cataldo (USGS 12413500) as part of an ongoing monitoring program that the USGS conducts on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

USGS hydrologist measuring groundwater level in a well
November 1, 2017

USGS hydrologist measuring groundwater level in a well

After receiving permission from the homeowner, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist measures the water level in a well.

USGS scientists collect a sediment sample from Brownlee Reservoir
September 28, 2017

USGS scientists collect a sediment sample from Brownlee Reservoir

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Idaho Power Company collected water, sediment, and biological samples from Brownlee Reservoir as part of an ongoing, cooperative study of mercury cycling in the Hells Canyon complex of reservoirs along the Snake River bordering Idaho and Oregon. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is also a partner in the study. 

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Microplastics sampling on Lake Mead
March 21, 2017

Microplastcs Sampling on Lake Mead

Sampling for microplastics on Lake Mead, March 21, 2017

USGS hydrologic technician collecting data with ADCP from a cableway
March 9, 2017

USGS hydrologic technician collecting data with ADCP from a cableway

USGS hydrologic technician Michael Allen collects streamflow data from the Boise River at streamgage station 13206000 using an acoustic Doppler current profiler.

USGS streamgage
November 1, 2016

USGS streamgage 13210810, Fifteen Mile Creek near Middleton, Idaho.

USGS streamgage 13210810, Fifteen Mile Creek near Middleton, Idaho, is one of 10 streamgages the USGS has installed on Treasure Valley drains in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Data from these streamgages will be incorporated into a groundwater-flow model of the Treasure Valley aquifer system.