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: 2004

SAM 2.1—A computer program for plotting and formatting surveying data for estimating peak discharges by the slope-area method

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) measures discharge in streams using several methods. However, measurement of peak discharges is often impossible or impractical due to difficult access, inherent danger of making measurements during flood events, and timing often associated with flood events. Thus, many peak discharge values often are calculated...

Hortness, J.E.
SAM 2.1—A computer program for plotting and formatting surveying data for estimating peak discharges by the slope-area method; 2004; FS; 2004-3028; Hortness, J. E.

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Surveying Cross Sections of the Kootenai River Between Libby Dam, Montana, and Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, Canada

The declining population of Kootenai River white sturgeon, which was listed as an Endangered Species in 1994, has prompted a recovery team to assess the feasibility of various habitat enhancement scenarios to reestablish white sturgeon populations. As the first phase in this assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey collected stream channel cross-...

Barton, Gary J.; Moran, Edward H.; Berenbrock, Charles
Surveying Cross Sections of the Kootenai River Between Libby Dam, Montana, and Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, Canada; 2004; OFR; 2004-1045; Barton, Gary J.; Moran, Edward H.; Berenbrock, Charles

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Estimating the magnitude of bankfull flows for streams in Idaho

Methods for estimating magnitudes of peak flows with recurrence intervals of 1.5 and 2.33 years were developed for ungaged sites on streams throughout Idaho. These peak flows represent the magnitudes at and near bankfull stage and are needed for quantification of water rights required to maintain or restore fish and wildlife habitats and riparian...

Hortness, Jon E.; Berenbrock, Charles
Estimating the magnitude of bankfull flows for streams in Idaho; 2004; WRI; 2003-4261; Hortness, Jon E.; Berenbrock, Charles

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Water quality in the Northern Rockies Intermontane basins, Idaho, Montana, and Washington, 1999-2001

This report contains the major findings of a 1999–2001 assessment of water quality in the Northern Rockies Intermontane Basins. It is one of a series of reports by the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program that present major findings in 51 major river basins and aquifer systems across the Nation. In these reports, water quality is...

Clark, Gregory M.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Maret, Terry R.; Bowers, Craig L.; Dutton, DeAnn M.; Becksmith, Michael A.
Water quality in the Northern Rockies Intermontane basins, Idaho, Montana, and Washington, 1999-2001; 2003; CIR; 1235; Clark, Gregory M.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Maret, Terry R.; Bowers, Craig L.; Dutton, DeAnn M.; Becksmith, Michael A.

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Ecological indicators of water quality in the Spokane River, Idaho and Washington, 1998 and 1999

A water-quality investigation of the Spokane River was completed during summer low-flow conditions in 1998 and 1999 as part of the USGS NAWQA Program, in cooperation with the WDOE. (Abbreviations used in this report are defined on the last page.) Samples for analyses of water chemistry; bed sediment; aquatic communities (fish, macroinvertebrates...

MacCoy, Dorene E.; Maret, Terry R.
Ecological indicators of water quality in the Spokane River, Idaho and Washington, 1998 and 1999; 2003; FS; 067-03; MacCoy, Dorene E.; Maret, Terry R.

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Probability of detecting elevated concentrations of nitrate in ground water in a six-county area of south-central Idaho

A probability map constructed for this study identified several areas in a six-county region of south-central Idaho with high probabilities of detecting elevated concentrations (greater than 2 milligrams per liter) of nitrate. An increasing proportion of Idaho’s ground water being used for drinking water and large increases in the inputs of...

Skinner, Kenneth D.; Donato, Mary M.
Probability of detecting elevated concentrations of nitrate in ground water in a six-county area of south-central Idaho; 2003; WRI; 2003-4143; Skinner, Kenneth D.; Donato, Mary M.

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Aquatic assemblages and their relation to temperature variables of least-disturbed streams in the Salmon River basin, central Idaho, 2001

In the late 1990s, Idaho’s established stream temperature criteria for the protection of coldwater biota and salmonid spawning were considered inadequate because the criteria did not agree with observed biological conditions in many instances and did not allow for variability in environmental condition or species diversity across a broad area such...

Ott, Douglas S.; Maret, Terry R.
Aquatic assemblages and their relation to temperature variables of least-disturbed streams in the Salmon River basin, central Idaho, 2001; 2003; WRI; 2003-4076; Ott, Douglas S.; Maret, Terry R.

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Stage-discharge relations for selected culverts and bridges in the Big Lost River flood plain at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho

Information is needed by the U.S. Department of Energy at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory to determine the extent and severity of potential flooding at facilities along the Big Lost River. Two computer programs—the Culvert Analysis Program (CAP) and the HECRAS model—were used to define stage-discharge relations for 31...

Berenbrock, Charles; Doyle, Jack D.
Stage-discharge relations for selected culverts and bridges in the Big Lost River flood plain at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho; 2003; WRI; 2003-4066; Berenbrock, Charles; Doyle, Jack D.

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Surface-water/ground-water interaction of the Spokane River and the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie aquifer, Idaho and Washington

Historical mining in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin of northern Idaho has resulted in elevated concentrations of some trace metals (particularly cadmium, lead, and zinc) in water and sediment of Coeur d’Alene Lake and downstream in the Spokane River in Idaho and Washington. These elevated trace-metal concentrations in the Spokane River have raised...

Caldwell, Rodney R.; Bowers, Craig L.
Surface-water/ground-water interaction of the Spokane River and the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie aquifer, Idaho and Washington; 2003; WRI; 2003-4239; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Bowers, Craig L.

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Water-quality, streambed-sediment, and biological data from the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River Basins, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, 1998-2001

Water-quality, streambed-sediment, and biological data were collected in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment Program and are presented in this report. These river basins compose the Northern Rockies Intermontane Basins study unit which was selected to...

Bowers, Craig L.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Dutton, DeAnn M.
Water-quality, streambed-sediment, and biological data from the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River Basins, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, 1998-2001; 2003; OFR; 2003-292; Bowers, Craig L.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Dutton, DeAnn M.

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Quantification of metal loads and assessment of metal sources in upper Beaver Creek watershed, Shoshone County, Idaho, May and June 2002

Abandoned mine lands contribute to significant water-quality degradation in the Beaver Creek watershed in northern Idaho. Streams in this watershed drain the northern flank of the Coeur d’Alene mining district, one of the world’s largest producers of silver and one of the country’s major historical producers of lead and zinc for more than 100...

Ott, Douglas S.; Clark, David W.
Quantification of metal loads and assessment of metal sources in upper Beaver Creek watershed, Shoshone County, Idaho, May and June 2002; 2003; WRI; 2003-4206; Ott, Douglas S.; Clark, David W.

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Low streamflow conditions in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho during water year 2001

Below-normal precipitation levels and abovenormal temperatures across most of the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) resulted in streamflows that, at times, approached long-term minimums. The period from October 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001 (water year 2001), was the second driest on record (1895–...

Hortness, Jon E.
Low streamflow conditions in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho during water year 2001; 2003; WRI; 2003-4071; Hortness, Jon E.