In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the Nez Perce Tribe, we have added three new sites to our statewide network of more than 200 real-time streamgages.
The Idaho Water Resource Board approved funding to install a streamgage on the Priest River to monitor outflow from Priest Lake. Data from USGS 12393501 will help water managers balance statutory requirements to maintain specific lake levels during the summer while providing enough flow in the Priest River to maintain fish and aquatic life.
Clear Creek, a tributary to the Middle Fork Clearwater River, provides critical habitat for endangered spring chinook salmon and threatened steelhead trout. In cooperation with the Nez Perce Tribe, we will monitor streamflow, water temperature, suspended sediment, and turbidity to help the Tribe protect this important resource. USGS 13337099 is located near the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery.
In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Water Resources, we continue to collect data necessary for refining our collaborative groundwater-flow model of the Wood River Valley aquifer system. With funding from IDWR, we installed USGS 13137300, Trail Creek near Sun Valley, to monitor inflows from the upper end of the valley.
Christian Schmidt is our new Deputy Director, taking over from Greg Clark, who retired earlier this year. Christian comes to us from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality where he was the Water Quality Division Administrator. He will lead our team of Boise-based scientists.Read more about Christian.
Our monthly Idaho Hydrologic Update enters its second year of keeping you informed about Idaho's water resources. Each month, we summarize significant findings from our hydrologic data networks; announce new studies; and let you know how we support our local, state, Federal, and tribal partners with reliable, unbiased science.
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More than two dozen Idaho streamgages offer more than 100 years of water data. Click the Centennial Streamgage badge below to access data from these streamgages.
Well deviation is one component of water-level data that is often overlooked. If wells are not plumb, the deviation can affect the accuracy of water table elevation. Hydrologist Brian Twining analyzed well deviation survey data (gyroscopic and magnetic) to identify any deviation in 47 wells at the Idaho National Laboratory.
The Camas National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Idaho contains wetlands, ponds, and wet meadows that are essential resting and feeding habitat for migratory birds and nesting habitat for waterfowl. In recent years, climate and land-use changes have altered and reduced natural groundwater and surface water inflow. Understanding the area's hydrogeology will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage the refuge's critical water resources.