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Our biologists work with Preserve staff and volunteers to collect, examine, identify, measure, and count fish populations. Our sampling efforts have shown a healthy rainbow and brown trout population.

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Date published: January 3, 2011
Status: Completed

Columbia Plateau Groundwater Availability Study

The Columbia Plateau Regional Aquifer System (CPRAS) covers about 44,000 square miles of eastern Oregon and Washington and western Idaho. The primary aquifers are basalts of the Columbia River Basalt Group and overlying basin-fill sediments. Groundwater availability issues in the basin include: 1) widespread water-level declines caused by pumping, 2) reduction in base flow to rivers and...

Date published: March 4, 2007
Status: Completed

Headwaters Province - Idaho and Montana: Earth Science Studies in Support of Public Policy Development and Land Stewardship

The Headwaters Province project provided geoscience data and interpretations to the Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) that were basic to sound policy and land-stewardship practices. 

Date published: November 15, 2001
Status: Archived

SAGEMAP

A GIS Database for Sage-grouse and Shrubsteppe Management in the Intermountain West

Contacts: Steven E Hanser
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Image: Big Wood River, Idaho
May 4, 2014

Big Wood River, Idaho

The Big Wood River flows through communities of the Wood River Valley of south-central Idaho. It is one of eight sites at which the USGS is conducting an ecological assessment during the summer of 2014. Study results will be published in 2015.

Image: Water-Quality Study in Historical Idaho Mining District
April 23, 2014

Water-Quality Study in Historical Idaho Mining District

USGS Hydrologic Technician Alvin Sablan prepares to check USGS streamgage 13310850 on Meadow Creek in the historical Stibnite Mining District of central Idaho. Data from the streamgage were used in a USGS water-quality study in the area.

Image: Water-Quality Study in Historical Idaho Mining District
June 25, 2013

Water-Quality Study in Historical Idaho Mining District

USGS Hydrologic Technician Keith Hein carries water-quality samples past USGS streamgage 13311250 on the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River. The samples were collected as part of a USGS water-quality study conducted in the historical Stibnite Mining District of central Idaho.

three scientists connect PVC pipes in a common garden
June 6, 2013

Building precipitation manipulation plots in a common garden

The scientists are running PVC pipes that will irrigate plants in a common garden. A common garden is where plants are grown in a common environment to experimentally test different environmental effects. The irrigation system allows the scientists to simulate different precipitation patterns, testing the plants' responses to potential future climate scenarios.

Image: Streamgage 13317000, Salmon River at White Bird, Idaho
May 10, 2013

Streamgage 13317000, Salmon River at White Bird, Idaho

U.S. Geological Survey hydrographer Doug Ott inspects the gagehouse at streamgage stations 13317000, Salmon River at White Bird, Idaho, May 10, 2013. The flow at the gage was approximately 40,000 cubic feet per second at the time of this photo.

Bureau of Land Management truck sprays herbicide in southwestern Idaho as part of a restoration effort. 
December 31, 2012

Truck sprays herbicide in Idaho as part of a restoration effort.

Bureau of Land Management truck sprays herbicide in southwestern Idaho as part of a restoration effort. 

An examination of long-term data for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management finds that land treatments in the southwestern United States are increasingly large, expensive and related to fire and invasive species control.

Image: Water-Quality Study in Historical Idaho Mining District
June 12, 2012

Water-Quality Study in Historical Idaho Mining District

The so-called Glory Hole on the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River in the historical Stibnite Mining District of central Idaho. A USGS water-quality study found that the Glory Hole acts as a sediment trap, particularly at high streamflow.

two scientists working in a sagebrush experimental plot
December 16, 2011

Experiments on sagebrush in a common garden

Two USGS scientists set up equipment to measure sagebrush in a common garden experiment in the Great Basin, Idaho

Image: Kootenai River Habitat Restoration
November 29, 2011

Kootenai River Habitat Restoration

Constructed channel features and changes in the Phase 1A side channel restoration area of the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is managing a large-scale, ecosystem-based river habitat restoration effort that will be implemented over a period of 10 to 15 years across a 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River in northern Idaho. The USGS is

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Image: Blackfoot River, Southeastern Idaho
October 11, 2011

Blackfoot River, Southeastern Idaho

Sceintists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality combined and analyzed data from two separate water-quality monitoring efforts in the upper Blackfoot River of southeastern Idaho. The river receives runoff from 12 phosphate mining opoerations, and waste rock material from mining is highly enriched in naturally occuring selenium.

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USGS
April 28, 2010

Boise, Idaho — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named David M. Evetts as the Assistant Director for Hydrologic Data for its Idaho Water Science Center, headquartered in Boise. Evetts will oversee a statewide network of USGS streamflow, groundwater-level, and water-quality monitoring sites, as well as four field offices.

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December 29, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey has named Roy C. Bartholomay to head its project office at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory headquartered in Idaho Falls.

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September 30, 2009

Residents of Idaho's Treasure Valley will once again become citizen scientists to monitor water quality in the Boise River watershed. On Saturday morning, October 3, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., local citizens will gather at sites along the Boise River to collect water and insect samples, conduct basic water-quality tests, and record their data.

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September 28, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Idaho Geological Survey are teaming up to distribute Earth Science Week toolkits to Idaho teachers on October 1.
Representatives from the two agencies will distribute the toolkits at the annual conference of the Idaho Science Teachers Association in Boise.

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September 21, 2009

Idaho Developed Mapping Method Garners Prestigious Award. Data from earth observing Landsat satellites plays a central role in a new, award-winning type of mapping that tracks water use. Water-use maps help save taxpayer money by increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of public decisions involving water – for instance, in monitoring compliance with legal water rights. The maps are especially

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September 16, 2009

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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September 14, 2009

Intersex in smallmouth and largemouth basses is widespread in numerous river basins throughout the United States is the major finding of the most comprehensive and large-scale evaluation of the condition, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research published online in Aquatic Toxicology.

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April 16, 2009

Residents of Idaho's Treasure Valley will once again become citizen scientists to monitor water quality in the Boise River watershed.
On Saturday morning, April 18, between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm, citizen scientists will gather at sites along the Boise River to collect water and insect samples, conduct basic water-quality tests, and record their data.

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April 7, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named Gregory M. Clark as the Associate Director for Hydrologic Investigations for its Idaho Water Science Center, headquartered in Boise.
Clark has served as the center's Associate Director for Hydrologic Data since 2002, overseeing a statewide network of USGS stream gages and groundwater monitoring sites.

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March 13, 2009

Idaho's water-quality managers have a new tool to help them estimate whether water flows in any given stream year-round or only intermittently.
The tool-a geospatial model-applies statistical equations that feed information into a geographic information system (GIS) map similar to the Web-based street maps most people are familiar with.

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February 18, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named Stephen W. Lipscomb the new director of its Idaho Water Science Center, headquartered in Boise.Lipscomb served as the center's acting director since the retirement of Kathy Peter in January.