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: 2001

Identifying unprotected and potentially at risk plant communities in the western USA

We analyzed the conservation status of 73 vegetation cover types distributed across a 1.76 million km2 region in 10 states of the western USA. We found that 25 vegetation cover types had at least 10% of their area in nature reserves. These were generally plant communities located at higher elevations and thus more commonly associated with national...

Wright, R.G.; Scott, J.M.; Mann, S.; Murray, M.

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Year Published: 2000

Construction, completion, and testing of replacement monitoring wells MW 3-2, MW 6-2, MW 7-2, and MW 11-2, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, February through April 2000

In February and March 2000, the U.S. Geological Survey Western Regional Research Drilling Operation constructed replacement monitoring wells MW 3–2, MW 6–2, MW 7–2, and MW 11–2 as part of a regional ground-water monitor- ing network for the Mountain Home Air Force Base, Elmore County, Idaho. Total well depths ranged from 435.5 to 456.5 feet, and...

Parliman, D.J.
Construction, completion, and testing of replacement monitoring wells MW 3-2, MW 6-2, MW 7-2, and MW 11-2, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, February through April 2000; 2000; OFR; 2000-515; Parliman, D. J.

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Year Published: 2000

Concentrations and loads of cadmium, lead, and zinc measured near the peak of the 1999 snowmelt-runoff hydrographs for 42 water-quality stations, Coeur d'Alene River basin, Idaho

The Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the Spokane River Basin of northern Idaho and eastern Washington included extensive data-collection activities to determine the nature and extent of trace-element contamination within the basin. The U.S. Geological Survey designed and...

Woods, Paul F.
Concentrations and loads of cadmium, lead, and zinc measured near the peak of the 1999 snowmelt-runoff hydrographs for 42 water-quality stations, Coeur d'Alene River basin, Idaho; 2000; OFR; 2000-322; Woods, Paul F.

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Year Published: 2000

Nitrate concentrations in ground water in the Henrys Fork Basin, eastern Idaho

In 1998 and 1999, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed comprehensive studies of nitrate concentrations in ground water in the Henrys Fork Basin in eastern Idaho (fig. 1A). These studies were done in cooperation with the following agencies or groups: Idaho Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ), District 7 Health Department, Idaho...

Parliman, D.J.
Nitrate concentrations in ground water in the Henrys Fork Basin, eastern Idaho; 2000; FS; 029-00; Parliman, D. J.

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Year Published: 2000

Transport of suspended and bedload sediment at eight stations in the Coeur d'Alene River basin, Idaho

The Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the Spokane River Basin of northern Idaho and eastern Washington included extensive data-collection activities to determine the nature and extent of trace-element contamination within the basin. As part of the investigation, the U.S....

Clark, Greg M.; Woods, Paul F.
Transport of suspended and bedload sediment at eight stations in the Coeur d'Alene River basin, Idaho; 2000; OFR; 2000-472; Clark, Greg M.; Woods, Paul F.

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Concentrations of selected trace elements in fish tissue and streambed sediment in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, 1998

Fish tissue and bed sediment samples were collected from 16 stream sites in the Northern Rockies Intermontane Basins study area in 1998 as part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program. Bed sediment samples were analyzed for 45 trace elements, and fish livers and sportfish fillets were analyzed for 22 elements to...

Maret, Terry R.; Skinner, K.D.
Concentrations of selected trace elements in fish tissue and streambed sediment in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille and Spokane River basins, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, 1998; 2000; WRI; 2000-4159; Maret, Terry R.; Skinner, K. D.

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Year Published: 2000

Probability of detecting atrazine/desethyl-atrazine and elevated concentrations of nitrate plus nitrate as nitrogen in ground water in the Idaho part of the western Snake River Plain

As ground water continues to provide an ever-growing proportion of Idaho?s drinking water, concerns about the quality of that resource are increasing. Pesticides (most commonly, atrazine/desethyl-atrazine, hereafter referred to as atrazine) and nitrite plus nitrate as nitrogen (hereafter referred to as nitrate) have been detected in many aquifers...

Donato, Mary M.
Probability of detecting atrazine/desethyl-atrazine and elevated concentrations of nitrate plus nitrate as nitrogen in ground water in the Idaho part of the western Snake River Plain; 2000; WRI; 2000-4163; Donato, Mary M.

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Year Published: 2000

Global ice-core research: Understanding and applying environmental records of the past

One way to study Earth’s past environmental conditions is to look at ice cores recovered from glaciers. Every year a layer of snow accumulates on glaciers, like a page in a history book, and eventually turns to ice. Like reading the pages of a history book, analyzing the layers in a glacial ice core for specific chemical and physical components is...

Cecil, L. DeWayne; Green, Jaromy R.; Naftz, David L.
Global ice-core research: Understanding and applying environmental records of the past; 2000; FS; 003-00; Cecil, L. DeWayne; Green, Jaromy R.; Naftz, David L.

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Year Published: 1999

Improvements to the DRASTIC ground-water vulnerability mapping method

Ground-water vulnerability maps are designed to show areas of greatest potential for ground-water contamination on the basis of hydrogeologic and anthropogenic (human) factors. The maps are developed by using computer mapping hardware and software called a geographic information system (GIS) to combine data layers such as land use, soils, and...

Rupert, Michael G.
Improvements to the DRASTIC ground-water vulnerability mapping method; 1999; FS; 066-99; Rupert, Michael G.

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Year Published: 1999

Biological assessment of the lower Boise River, October 1995 through January 1998, Ada and Canyon Counties, Idaho

The lower Boise River, between Lucky Peak Dam and the mouth of the river near Parma, Idaho, is adversely affected by various land- and water-use activities. To assess the biotic integrity of the river and the effects of environmental perturbations on aquatic community structure, and to provide a baseline from which to identify future changes in...

Mullins, William H.
Biological assessment of the lower Boise River, October 1995 through January 1998, Ada and Canyon Counties, Idaho; 1999; WRI; 99-4178; Mullins, William H.

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Year Published: 1999

Streamflow gains and losses in the lower Boise River basin, Idaho, 1996-97

Information on streamflow gains and losses in the lower Boise River Basin is needed by the Idaho Department of Water Resources to determine recharge to and discharge from the ground- water system. A method was developed to select canal and creek reaches such that a minimum of two reaches were measured in each of 12 different areas that share...

Berenbrock, Charles
Streamflow gains and losses in the lower Boise River basin, Idaho, 1996-97; 1999; WRI; 99-4105; Berenbrock, Charles

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Year Published: 1999

Methods to determine pumped irrigation-water withdrawals from the Snake River between Upper Salmon Falls and Swan Falls Dams, Idaho, using electrical power data, 1990-95

Pumped withdrawals compose most of the irrigation-water diversions from the Snake River between Upper Salmon Falls and Swan Falls Dams in southwestern Idaho. Pumps at 32 sites along the reach lift water as high as 745 feet to irrigate croplands on plateaus north and south of the river. The number of pump sites at which withdrawals are being...

Maupin, Molly A.
Methods to determine pumped irrigation-water withdrawals from the Snake River between Upper Salmon Falls and Swan Falls Dams, Idaho, using electrical power data, 1990-95; 1999; WRI; 99-4175; Maupin, Molly A.