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We provide reliable, impartial scientific information to our local, state, tribal, and federal partners in four basic areas of research: surface water, groundwater, water quality, and water use and availability.

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Mercury Cycling in the Hells Canyon Complex of Reservoirs

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Date published: August 21, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, August 2019

August 2019 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Date published: July 19, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, July 2019

July 2019 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Date published: June 19, 2019

Idaho Hydrologic Update, June 2019

June 2019 issue of the Idaho Hydrologic Update from the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Publications

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Evaluation of chemical and hydrologic processes in the eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer based on results from geochemical modeling, Idaho National Laboratory, eastern Idaho

Nuclear research activities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) produced liquid and solid chemical and radiochemical wastes that were disposed to the subsurface resulting in detectable concentrations of some waste constituents in the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) aquifer. These waste constituents may affect...

Rattray, Gordon W.
Rattray, G.W., 2019, Evaluation of chemical and hydrologic processes in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer based on results from geochemical modeling, Idaho National Laboratory, eastern Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1837-B (DOE/ID-22248), 85 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1837B.

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Laboratory assessment of alternative stream velocity measurement methods

Understanding streamflow in montane watersheds on regional scales is often incomplete due to a lack of data for small-order streams that link precipitation and snowmelt processes to main stem discharge. This data deficiency is attributed to the prohibitive cost of conventional streamflow measurement methods and the remote location of many small...

Hundt, Stephen; Blasch, Kyle

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Arsenic, antimony, mercury, and water temperature in streams near Stibnite mining area, central Idaho, 2011–17

Mineralization and historical mining of stibnite (antimony sulfide), tungsten, gold, silver, and mercury in the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River (EFSFSR) near the former town of Stibnite in central Idaho resulted in water-quality impairments related to mercury, antimony, and arsenic. Additionally, mining-related...

Baldwin, Austin K.; Etheridge, Alexandra B.
Baldwin, A.K., and Etheridge, A.B., 2019, Arsenic, antimony, mercury, and water temperature in streams near Stibnite mining area, central Idaho, 2011–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019-5072, 20 p., plus appendix, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195072.