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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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.

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Estimating the magnitude of the 100-year peak flow in the Big Lost River at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho

Accurate estimates of peak flows in the Big Lost River at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) are needed to assist planners and managers with evaluating possible effects of flooding on facilities at the INEEL. A large difference of 4,350 cubic feet per second (ft3/s) between two previous estimates of the magnitude...

Hortness, Jon E.; Rousseau, Joseph P.
Estimating the magnitude of the 100-year peak flow in the Big Lost River at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho; 2003; WRI; 2002-4299; Hortness, Jon E.; Rousseau, Joseph P.

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Occurrence and transport of cadmium, lead, and zinc in the Spokane River basin, Idaho and Washington, water years 1999-2001

A water-quality investigation of the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River Basins began in 1997 as part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program. As part of the investigation, selected streams in the Spokane River Basin were sampled for trace metals during water years 1999–2001. These data, combined with data...

Clark, Gregory M.
Occurrence and transport of cadmium, lead, and zinc in the Spokane River basin, Idaho and Washington, water years 1999-2001; 2003; WRI; 2002-4183; Clark, Gregory M.

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Two-station comparison of peak flows to improve flood-frequency estimates for seven streamflow-gaging stations in the Salmon and Clearwater River Basins, Central Idaho

Improved flood-frequency estimates for short-term (10 or fewer years of record) streamflow-gaging stations were needed to support instream flow studies by the U.S. Forest Service, which are focused on quantifying water rights necessary to maintain or restore productive fish habitat. Because peak-flow data for short-term gaging stations can be...

Berenbrock, Charles
Two-station comparison of peak flows to improve flood-frequency estimates for seven streamflow-gaging stations in the Salmon and Clearwater River Basins, Central Idaho; 2003; WRI; 2003-4001; Berenbrock, Charles

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Summary of surface-water-quality data collected for the Northern Rockies Intermontane Basins National Water-Quality Assessment Program in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, water years 1999-2001

Water-quality samples were collected at 10 sites in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River Basins in water years 1999 – 2001 as part of the Northern Rockies Intermontane Basins (NROK) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. Sampling sites were located in varied environments ranging from small streams and rivers in forested,...

Beckwith, Michael A.
Summary of surface-water-quality data collected for the Northern Rockies Intermontane Basins National Water-Quality Assessment Program in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, water years 1999-2001; 2003; OFR; 2002-472; Beckwith, Michael A.

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Estimating the magnitude of peak flows at selected recurrence intervals for streams in Idaho

Methods for estimating magnitudes of peak flows at various recurrence intervals, needed for highway-structure and water-control design and planning, were developed for gaged and ungaged sites on streams throughout Idaho. Recurrence intervals of 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, and 500 years were selected for analysis of peak flows. For gaged sites in...

Berenbrock, Charles
Estimating the magnitude of peak flows at selected recurrence intervals for streams in Idaho; 2002; WRI; 2002-4170; Berenbrock, Charles

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Selected trace-element and synthetic-organic compound data for streambed sediment from the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, 1998

Streambed-sediment samples were collected at 22 sites during the summer of 1998 as part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program. Sampling sites in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins represented a wide range of environmental conditions including pristine mountain streams and large rivers affected by...

Beckwith, Michael A.
Selected trace-element and synthetic-organic compound data for streambed sediment from the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins, Montana, Idaho, and Washington, 1998; 2002; OFR; 2002-336; Beckwith, Michael A.

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A statistical model for estimating stream temperatures in the Salmon and Clearwater River basins, central Idaho

A water-quality standard for temperature is critical for the protection of threatened and endangered salmonids, which need cold, clean water to sustain life. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has established temperature standards to protect salmonids, yet little is known about the normal range of temperatures of most Idaho streams. A...

Donato, Mary M.
A statistical model for estimating stream temperatures in the Salmon and Clearwater River basins, central Idaho; 2002; WRI; 2002-4195; Donato, Mary M.

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Dissolved cadmium, zinc, and lead loads from ground-water seepage into the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River system, northern Idaho, 1999

The valley of the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River and some of its tributaries have been heavily impacted by the dispersion of metal-enriched materials from the Coeur d’Alene mining district since 1884. The valley floor, including the unconsolidated valley-fill/flood-plain aquifers, is a major holding area for mine tailings. The U.S. Geological...

Barton, Gary J.
Dissolved cadmium, zinc, and lead loads from ground-water seepage into the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River system, northern Idaho, 1999; 2002; WRI; 2001-4274; Barton, Gary J.