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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. 

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.

USGS hydrologic technician collecting streamflow data
January 4, 2016

USGS hydrologic technician collecting streamflow data

USGS hydrologic technician Deena Green collects streamflow data at streamgage station 12413875, St. Joe River at Red Ives Ranger Station, Idaho

USGS hydrologic technician collecting groundwater level data
December 31, 2015

USGS hydrologic technician collecting groundwater level data

USGS hydrologic technician Jayson Blom collects a groundwater-level measurement from an aquifer monitoring well at the Idaho National Laboratory.

December 9, 2015

Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, Idaho: December 9, 2015

On December 9, 2015, heavy rain and resulting snowmelt swelled many Pacific Northwest rivers to flood stage. One of these streams was Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, Idaho. In a 24-hour period, Lightning Creek rose from about 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) to more than 10,000 cfs as recorded at USGS strreamgage 12392155.
 

A USGS hydrologist collects a water sample
October 14, 2015

A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist collects a water sample

After receiving permission from the homeowner, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist collects a water sample from a residential well in Emmett, Idaho. The sample was analyzed as part of a water-quality study the USGS conducted in cooperation with Gem County, Idaho and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
September 1, 2015

USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought

A hydrologic technician from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center measures streamflow in the St. Joe River at Red Ives Ranger Station in northern Idaho. The USGS is collecting data at hundreds of sites on rivers and streams in six western states to document the 2015 drought. USGS scientists will analyze the data to identify which rivers and streams may be most vulnerable to

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Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
August 26, 2015

USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought

A hydrologic technician from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center measures streamflow in Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, ID. The USGS is collecting data at hundreds of sites on rivers and streams in six western states to document the 2015 drought. USGS scientists will analyze the data to identify which rivers and streams may be most vulnerable to future droughts.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
August 26, 2015

USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought

A hydrologic technician from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center measures streamflow in Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, ID. The USGS is collecting data at hundreds of sites on rivers and streams in six western states to document the 2015 drought. USGS scientists will analyze the data to identify which rivers and streams may be most vulnerable to future droughts.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
August 19, 2015

USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought

A hydrologic technician from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center measures streamflow in Homer Creek near Herman, ID. The USGS is collecting data at hundreds of sites on rivers and streams in six western states to document the 2015 drought. USGS scientists will analyze the data to identify which rivers and streams may be most vulnerable to future droughts.