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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.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Drought
August 16, 2015

USGS Documents 2015 Drought

A hydrologic technician from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center measures streamflow in Fall Creek near Anderson Ranch Dam in southwestern 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: Maintaining ADCP Expertise
July 20, 2015

Maintaining ADCP Expertise

Hydrologic technicians from the Post Falls Field Office of the USGS Idaho Water Science Center complete refresher training with acoustic Doppler current profilers on the Spokane River near Post Falls, ID.

Image: Measuring Water Levels in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer
April 12, 2015

Measuring Water Levels in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer

USGS hydrologic technician Jayson Blom collects a water-level measurement at a monitoring well on the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory site. During the summer of 2014, water levels measured at the site reached all-time lows.

Image: Time-Lapse of Measuring Streamflow
December 8, 2014

Time-Lapse of Measuring Streamflow

This time-lapse photo shows the process that U.S. Geological Survey hydrographers use to measure streamflow across the cross-section of a wadeable river. USGS hydrographers follow standard, documented techniques and methods to ensure high-qualtiy, reliable data.

Image: USGS 12395501 Auxiliary Streamgage for Pend Oreille River at Newport, WA
November 19, 2014

USGS 12395501 Auxiliary Streamgage for Pend Oreille River at Newport, WA

A misty morning at the auxiliary streamgage on the Pend Oreille River at Newport, WA.

Image: Boise Watershed Watch
October 10, 2014

Boise Watershed Watch

USGS hydrologic technicians Erin Murray (far left) and Russ Miller collect water-quality data from the Boise River with citizen volunteers as part of the 2014 Boise Watershed Watch. Watershed Watch is an annual community outreach effort of the City of Boise's WaterShed Environmental Education Center. The USGS is an annual event co-sponsor.

Image: Central Idaho Debris Flow
May 27, 2014

Central Idaho Debris Flow

During August 2013, the Beaver Creek wildfire burned more than 114,000 acres in south-central Idaho. Shortly after the fire was contained, heavy rainfall triggered numerous debris flows, including this one in Badger Gulch. USGS hydrologists Dave Evetts (left) and Jake Jacobson examine the debris flow while in the burn area to install precipitation gages. The gages will be

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Image: Norrth Fork Big Wood River, Idaho
May 4, 2014

Norrth Fork Big Wood River, Idaho

The Big Wood River flows through communities of the Wood River Valley of south-central Idaho. It is one of eight sites at which the USGS is conducting an ecological assessment during the summer of 2014. Study results will be published in 2015.

Image: Warm Springs Creek, Idaho
May 4, 2014

Warm Springs Creek, Idaho

Warm Springs Creek is a tributary of the Big Wood River in south-central Idaho. It is one of eight sites at which the USGS is conducting an ecological assessment during the summer of 2014. Study results will be published in 2015.