Dr. Kyle W. Blasch is the new Director of the USGS Idaho Water Science Center. Kyle previously served as Assistant Director of the USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Meteorology. He joined the USGS in 2000 while completing his doctoral degree in hydrology at the University of Arizona. Read more >
Last summer, water levels reached all-time lows in 177 wells used to monitor the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer at and near the Idaho National Laboratory. As the region goes through its third year of drought, USGS hydrologists, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, assessed factors influencing water-level declines and how future declines might jeopardize some wells in the monitoring network. Read more >
Our biologists analyzed mercury concentrations in rainbow trout collected from three reservoirs on the Duck Valley Reservation. The work, conducted in cooperation with the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, will help the Tribes to protect these important sport fisheries.
During the summer of 2014, water levels in 177 monitoring wells at the Idaho National Laboratory reached record lows. In this report, USGS hydrologists Roy Bartholomay and Brian Twining examine hydrologic influences on water-level declines and how continuing declines might affect wells and pumps.