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: 2005

Simulation of hydraulic characteristics in the white sturgeon spawning habitat of the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Hydraulic characterization of the Kootenai River, especially in the white sturgeon spawning habitat reach, is needed by the Kootenai River White Sturgeon Recovery Team to promote hydraulic conditions that improve spawning conditions for the white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the Kootenai River. The decreasing population and spawning...

Berenbrock, Charles
Simulation of hydraulic characteristics in the white sturgeon spawning habitat of the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho; 2005; SIR; 2005-5110; Berenbrock, Charles

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Status of and changes in water quality monitored for the Idaho statewide surface-water-quality network, 1989—2002

The Idaho statewide surface-water-quality monitoring network consists of 56 sites that have been monitored from 1989 through 2002 to provide data to document status and changes in the quality of Idaho streams. Sampling at 33 sites has covered a wide range of flows and seasons that describe water-quality variations representing both natural...

Hardy, Mark A.; Parliman, Deborah J.; O'Dell, Ivalou
Status of and changes in water quality monitored for the Idaho statewide surface-water-quality network, 1989—2002; 2005; SIR; 2005-5033; Hardy, Mark A.; Parliman, Deborah J.; O'Dell, Ivalou

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Year Published: 2004

Instream flow characterization of upper Salmon River Basin streams, Central Idaho, 2003

Anadromous fish populations in the Columbia River Basin have plummeted in the last 100 years. This severe decline led to Federal listing of chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) stocks as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 1990s. Historically, the upper Salmon River...

Maret, Terry R.; Hortness, Jon E.; Ott, Douglas S.
Instream flow characterization of upper Salmon River Basin streams, Central Idaho, 2003; 2004; SIR; 2004-5173; Maret, Terry R.; Hortness, Jon E.; Ott, Douglas S.

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Characterization of channel substrate, and changes in suspended-sediment transport and channel geometry in white sturgeon spawning habitat in the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho, following the closure of Libby Dam

Many local, State, and Federal agencies have concerns over the declining population of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the Kootenai River and the possible effects of the closure and subsequent operation of Libby Dam in 1972. In 1994, the Kootenai River white sturgeon was listed as an Endangered Species. A year-long field study was...

Barton, Gary J.
Characterization of channel substrate, and changes in suspended-sediment transport and channel geometry in white sturgeon spawning habitat in the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho, following the closure of Libby Dam; 2004; WRI; 2003-4324; Barton, Gary J.

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Year Published: 2004

Reconnaissance of chemical and biological quality in the Owyhee River from the Oregon State line to the Owyhee Reservoir, Oregon, 2001–02

The Owyhee River drains an extremely rugged and sparsely populated landscape in northern Nevada, southwestern Idaho, and eastern Oregon. Most of the segment between the Oregon State line and Lake Owyhee is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and few water-quality data exist for evaluating environmental impacts. As a result, the U.S...

Hardy, Mark A.; Maret, Terry R.; George, David L.
Reconnaissance of chemical and biological quality in the Owyhee River from the Oregon State line to the Owyhee Reservoir, Oregon, 2001–02; 2004; WRI; 2003-4327; Hardy, Mark A.; Maret, Terry R.; George, David L.

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Assessment of fish assemblages and minimum sampling effort required to determine botic integrity of large rivers in southern Idaho, 2002

A critical issue surrounding biomonitoring in large rivers (fifth- through seventh-order) is the minimum sampling-reach distance required to collect an adequate number of fish to represent the fish assemblage within a reach. Excessive sampling effort (excessive reach length) is costly in terms of work hours, reduces the number of sites that can be...

Maret, Terry R.; Ott, D.S.
Assessment of fish assemblages and minimum sampling effort required to determine botic integrity of large rivers in southern Idaho, 2002; 2004; WRI; 2003-4274; Maret, Terry R.; Ott, D. S.

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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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Year Published: 2003

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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Year Published: 2003

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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Year Published: 2003

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.