Idaho Water Science Center

Real-time Monitoring

Filter Total Items: 19
Date published: April 8, 2020
Status: Active

Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring of Middle Snake River Springs in Support of Threatened and Endangered Snail Species

Two species of aquatic snails, the Banbury Springs limpet (Idaholanx fresti) and the Bliss Rapids snail (Taylorconcha serpenticola) live in springs along the middle Snake River in...

Date published: March 20, 2020
Status: Active

Evaluating the Integration of Biosurveillance at USGS Streamgage Stations

The spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels poses threats to water resources and water-resource infrastructure. Water-resource agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation need cost-effective monitoring methods to provide early detection for immediate response. 

Date published: March 16, 2020
Status: Active

Sediment Transport in the Yankee Fork Salmon River

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 habitat in the Yankee Fork, the Bureau of Reclamation...

Contacts: David M Evetts
Date published: March 6, 2020
Status: Active

Characterizing the Water Resources of the Big Lost River Valley

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Water Resources, we are working to improve the scientific understanding of the Big Lost River basin's water resources. This improved understanding will support effective resource management. 

Date published: March 2, 2020
Status: Active

Groundwater-Flow Model for the Treasure Valley and Surrounding Area

in partnership with the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) and the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB), we are developing a numerical groundwater-flow model of the Treasure Valley and surrounding area. Resource managers will use the model to simulate potential human and climatic effects on groundwater for water-supply planning and management.

Date published: February 18, 2020
Status: Active

Satellite Monitoring of Algal Blooms in Idaho Water Bodies

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a growing concern in Idaho. Within the past five years, Idaho agencies have issued at least 57 HAB notices on 29 water bodies throughout the state. Toxins produced by HABs pose risks to human and animal health. Local economies may also be adversely affected when algal blooms discourage outdoor recreation.

Routinely monitoring the state's many water bodies...

Contacts: Tyler King
Date published: February 10, 2020
Status: Active

Real-Time Bridge Scour Monitoring and Evaluation

The most common cause of bridge failure is scour, when high-velocity streamflow scours streambed material from around bridge piers and abutments. As of 2017, the National Bridge Inventory listed 265 of Idaho's nearly 4,500 bridges (about 6 percent) as "scour critical." When rivers rise quickly, bridge inspectors have little or no time to mobilize and monitor bridges at risk of scour. Real-time...

Contacts: Ryan L Fosness
Date published: January 31, 2020
Status: Active

Monitoring Sediment and Turbidity in Clear Creek

To help protect critical salmonid spawning habitat, we are monitoring streamflow, water temperature, turbidity, and suspended sediment concentrations on Clear Creek upstream of the confluence with the Middle Fork Clearwater River. We are conducting this monitoring in cooperation with the Nez Perce Tribe.

Contacts: David M Evetts
Date published: January 6, 2020
Status: Active

Assessing the Water Quality of the Lower Boise River and Selected Tributaries

For decades, the lower Boise River downstream of Lucky Peak Reservoir has been highly enriched with phosphorus. Too much of a good thing, the high concentrations of phosphorus create a cycle of excessive plant growth, decreased oxygen for fish, and even algal blooms. 

Contacts: Tyler King
Date published: November 2, 2017
Status: Active

Water Monitoring - Idaho National Laboratory

We monitor groundwater and surface-water quality as well as streamflow and reservoir levels at nine surface-water sites.

Water samples are collected...

Date published: August 8, 2017
Status: Completed

Wood River Valley Aquatic Biology and Habitat Assessment

Blaine County’s population nearly quadrupled from about 5,700 to 22,000 people between 1970 and 2010. Residents and resource managers of the Wood River Valley of south-central Idaho are concerned about the potential effects that population growth and the expected increased demand for water might have on the quantity and quality of the valley’s ground and surface waters. Increased water use has...

Date published: August 4, 2017
Status: Active

Selenium in the Blackfoot River Watershed

The upper Blackfoot River receives runoff from 12 large phosphate mines. Shale waste rock that is a byproduct of mining is highly enriched in naturally occurring selenium. At optimal concentrations, selenium can be a positive nutrient and antioxidant in mammals and fish. At elevated concentrations, however, it can damage fish and animal immune systems. As early as 1996, livestock deaths...