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Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of Reservoirs

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Date published: August 30, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, August 2021

August 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: July 28, 2021

Idaho Hydrologic Update, July 2021

July 2021 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center.

Date published: July 1, 2021

How Might the Northwest Heatwave Affect Streamflow?

With an unprecedented heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest, Boise-based outdoors writer Steve Stuebner reached out to us with a great question: How does 100-degree heat affect streamflow in the mountains of Idaho? Hydrologist Tyler King put together this detailed response.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Hydrogeologic framework of the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho, chap. A of Zinsser, L.M., ed., Characterization of water resources in the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho

Surface-water and groundwater resources in the Big Lost River Basin of south-central Idaho are extensively interconnected; this interchange affects and is affected by water-resource management for irrigated agriculture and other uses in the basin. Concerns from water users regarding declining groundwater levels, declining streamflows, and drought...

Zinsser, Lauren M.
Zinsser, L.M., 2021, Hydrogeologic framework of the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho, chap. A of Zinsser, L.M., ed., Characterization of water resources in the Big Lost River Basin, south-central Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5078–A, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215078A.

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Optimization of the Idaho National Laboratory water-quality aquifer monitoring network, southeastern Idaho

Long-term monitoring of water-quality data collected from wells at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has provided essential information for delineating the movement of radiochemical and chemical wastes in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer, southeastern Idaho. Since 1949, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of...

Fisher, Jason C.; Bartholomay, Roy C.; Rattray, Gordon W.; Maimer, Neil V.
Fisher, J.C., Bartholomay, R.C., Rattray, G.W., and Maimer, N.V., 2021, Optimization of the Idaho National Laboratory water-quality aquifer monitoring network, southeastern Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5031 (DOE/ID-22252), 63 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215031.

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Nutrient limitation of algae and macrophytes in streams: Integrating laboratory bioassays, field experiments, and field data

Successful eutrophication control strategies need to address the limiting nutrient. We conducted a battery of laboratory and in situ nutrient-limitation tests with waters collected from 9 streams in an agricultural region of the upper Snake River basin, Idaho, USA. Laboratory tests used the green alga Raphidocelis subcapitata, the macrophyte...

Mebane, Christopher A.; Ray, Andrew M.; Marcarelli, Amy M