Earlier this year, Congress provided $6 million in additional funding for the USGS National Streamflow Information Program.
We are applying Idaho’s share of that new funding, $141,000, to 10 streamgages throughout the state. These 10 streamgages, and the hundreds like them, benefit Idaho communities in a variety of ways. Read more >
In this report, scientits from the USGS National Research Program analyzed borehole core samples from the future site of the proposed Remote Handled Low-Level Waste (RHLLW) facility at the Idaho National Laboratory. The research was focused on improivng understanding of sedimentary material and its potential for transmitting water—and any possible contaminants—to the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer underlying the site.
USGS and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality scientists combined and analyzed data sets from two separate water-quality monitoring efforts in the upper Blackfoot River basin in southeastern Idaho. Naturally occuring selenium washed into the river from phosphate mines has raised concerns about possible impacts to fish and other aquatic life forms in the basin, as well as grazing livestock.