Idaho Water Science Center

Publications

The following is a list of our publications available from the USGS Publications Warehouse. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact our Public Information Officer, Tim Merrick, at trmerrick@usgs.gov or 208-387-1305.

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Year Published: 2019

Evaluation of chemical and hydrologic processes in the eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer based on results from geochemical modeling, Idaho National Laboratory, eastern Idaho

Nuclear research activities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) produced liquid and solid chemical and radiochemical wastes that were disposed to the subsurface resulting in detectable concentrations of some waste constituents in the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) aquifer. These waste constituents may affect...

Rattray, Gordon W.
Rattray, G.W., 2019, Evaluation of chemical and hydrologic processes in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer based on results from geochemical modeling, Idaho National Laboratory, eastern Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1837-B (DOE/ID-22248), 85 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1837B.

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Laboratory assessment of alternative stream velocity measurement methods

Understanding streamflow in montane watersheds on regional scales is often incomplete due to a lack of data for small-order streams that link precipitation and snowmelt processes to main stem discharge. This data deficiency is attributed to the prohibitive cost of conventional streamflow measurement methods and the remote location of many small...

Hundt, Stephen; Blasch, Kyle

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Arsenic, antimony, mercury, and water temperature in streams near Stibnite mining area, central Idaho, 2011–17

Mineralization and historical mining of stibnite (antimony sulfide), tungsten, gold, silver, and mercury in the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River (EFSFSR) near the former town of Stibnite in central Idaho resulted in water-quality impairments related to mercury, antimony, and arsenic. Additionally, mining-related...

Baldwin, Austin K.; Etheridge, Alexandra B.
Baldwin, A.K., and Etheridge, A.B., 2019, Arsenic, antimony, mercury, and water temperature in streams near Stibnite mining area, central Idaho, 2011–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019-5072, 20 p., plus appendix, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195072.

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Adding invasive species bio-surveillance to the U.S. Geological Survey streamgage network

The costs of invasive species in the United States alone are estimated to exceed US$100 billion per year so a critical tactic in minimizing the costs of invasive species is the development of effective, early-detection systems. To this end, we evaluated the efficacy of adding environmental (e)DNA surveillance to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)...

Sepulveda, Adam J.; Schmidt, Christian; Amberg, Jon J.; Hutchins, Patrick R.; Stratton, Christian; Mebane, Christopher A.; Laramie, Matthew; Pilliod, David

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Strategic directions of the USGS water mission area’s fluvial sediment science program

The USGS Water Mission Area’s Sediment Science Program provides leadership, training, and methods development in fluvial sediment science for the USGS and its external partners. Overarching objectives of the USGS Sediment Science Program (which includes the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project) include: 1) developing and...

Wood, Molly S.; Straub, Timothy

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Groundwater quality and nutrient trends near Marsing, southwestern Idaho, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, sampled groundwater from 15 wells during spring 2018 near the city of Marsing in rural northwestern Owyhee County, southwestern Idaho. Samples were analyzed for field parameters, nutrients, trace elements, major inorganics, and dissolved gas, including...

Skinner, Kenneth D.
Skinner, K.D., 2019, Groundwater quality and nutrient trends near Marsing, southwestern Idaho, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1032, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191032.

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Point-source nutrient loads to streams of the conterminous United States, 2012

Total nitrogen and phosphorous loads were estimated for 5,430 major point-source facilities (all types) and 11,537 minor wastewater treatment facilities discharging to streams in the conterminous United States during 2012. Facilities classified as a major discharger are typically a facility that discharges greater than one million gallons of water...

Skinner, Kenneth D.; Maupin, Molly A.
Skinner, K.D., and Maupin, M.A., 2019, Point-source nutrient loads to streams of the conterminous United States, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1101, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1101.

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Bridge scour countermeasure assessments at select bridges in the United States, 2016–18

In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration published Hydraulic Engineering Circular No. 23 (HEC-23) to provide specific design and implementation guidelines for bridge scour and stream instability countermeasures. However, the effectiveness of countermeasures implemented over the past decade following those guidelines has not been evaluated....

Dudunake, Taylor J.; Huizinga, Richard J.; Fosness, Ryan L.
Dudunake, T.J., Huizinga , R.J., and Fosness, R.L., 2019, Bridge scour countermeasure assessments at select bridges in the United States, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1008, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191008.

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Scientific integrity issues in environmental toxicology and chemistry: Improving research transparency, reproducibility, and credibility

High‐profile reports of detrimental scientific practices leading to retractions in the scientific literature contribute to lack of trust in scientific experts. Although the bulk of these have been in the literature of other disciplines, environmental toxicology and chemistry are not free from problems. While we believe that egregious misconduct...

Mebane, Christopher A.; Anne Fairbrother; Thomas Augspurger; Timothy J. Canfield; William Goodfellow; Patrick Guiney; Anne LeHuray; Lorraine Maltby; David Mayfield; Michael McLaughlin; Lisa Ortego; Tamar Schlekat; Richard P. Scroggins; John Sumpter; Tim Verslycke
Mebane, C.A., J.P. Sumpter, A. Fairbrother, T.P. Augspurger, T.J. Canfield, W.L. Goodfellow, P.D. Guiney, A. LeHuray, L. Maltby, D.B. Mayfield, M.J. McLaughlin, L. Ortego, T. Schlekat, R.P. Scroggins, and T.A. Verslycke. 2019. Scientific Integrity Issues in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: improving research reproducibility, credibility, and transparency. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. 15(3): 320-344. https://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4119

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Probability of streamflow permanence model (PROSPER): A spatially continuous model of annual streamflow permanence throughout the Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed the PRObability of Streamflow PERmanence (PROSPER) model, a GIS raster-based empirical model that provides streamflow permanence probabilities (probabilistic predictions) of a stream channel having year-round flow for any unregulated and minimally-impaired stream channel in the Pacific Northwest...

Jaeger, Kristin; Sando, Thomas R.; McShane, Ryan R.; Dunham, Jason B.; Hockman-Wert, David; Kaiser, Kendra E; Hafen, Konrad (Contractor); Risley, John; Blasch, Kyle

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Year Published: 2018

Sediment transport monitoring of the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, 2012–15

The Yankee Fork of the Salmon River is one of the larger watersheds in the upper Salmon River subbasin of central Idaho. Mining activities since the late 19th century, specifically placer mining and associated dredging from 1940 to 1953, have left the fluvial system in a highly altered and unnatural state. To improve aquatic and terrestrial...

Johnsen, James W.
Johnsen, J.W., 2018, Sediment transport monitoring of the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho, 2012–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1189, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181189.

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Understanding the captivity effect on invertebrate communities transplanted into an experimental stream laboratory

Little is known about how design and testing methodologies affect the macroinvertebrate communities that are held captive in mesocosms. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a 32‐d test to determine how seeded invertebrate communities changed once removed from the natural stream and introduced to the laboratory. We evaluated larvae survival...

Schmidt, Travis S.; Rogers, Holly; Miller, Janet L.; Mebane, Christopher A.; Balistrieri, Laurie S.
Schmidt, T. S., Rogers, H. A., Miller, J. L., Mebane, C. A. and Balistrieri, L. S. (2018), Understanding the captivity effect on invertebrate communities transplanted into an experimental stream laboratory. Environ Toxicol Chem, 37: 2820-2834. doi:10.1002/etc.4237