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Idaho Water Science Center

Beaver Creek Burn Area Gets Precipitation Monitoring Network

Newly installed precipitation gage.
      Newly installed precipitation gage, photo USGS.
The 2013 Beaver Creek wildfire burned more than 114,000 acres near the Blaine County communities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey. Post-fire assessments revealed that the burn area will be susceptible to flash flooding and debris flows for the next five years.

Partnering with Blaine County, we installed a precipitation gage network to increase the amount of local weather information available in the areas with the highest risk. The National Weather Service will use USGS data, as necessary, to issue flood alerts.

Precipitation measurements are disseminated to the public at least hourly. You can get this information from our interactive map or from our National Water Information System site list.

New Scientific Study

Aquatic Biology and Habitat Assessment, Wood River Valley

Beaver dam on Trail Creek

Beaver dam on Trail Creek near Ketchum, ID. One of several creeks we study in our latest aquatic biology and habitat assessment.

Current Streamflow. Click to go to WaterWatch.
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What's Up Upstream?

At home or on the go, you can access real-time information about Idaho's water resources provided by the USGS.

USGS WaterWatch (shown at right) provides a statewide snapshot of streamflow conditions compared to historical data for this date.

USGS WaterAlert lets you set conditions you want to know about (flow, level, temperature) to receive text or e-mail alerts when those conditions are met.

USGS WaterNow lets you query a USGS monitoring station and receive a return text with current conditions at that station.

Check out this fact sheet about these and other web-based tools from the USGS.


Our Latest Publications

Completion Summary for Boreholes USGS 140 and USGS 141 near the Advanced Test Reactor Complex, Idaho National Laboratory

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In 2013, we drilled and cored two new boreholes downgradient of the Advanced Test Reactor Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory. We'll use the information we gathered from the drilling and coring process to improve our understanding of the hydrogeology of the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer.

In addition to learning more about the makeup of aquifer materials, we also measured water levels and collected water samples which were analyzed for inorganic, organic, stable isotopes, and radionuclide constituents. The findings will help us understand more about general water quality in the area and about how waste from the Advanced Test Reactor Complex is moving through the aquifer.

In USGS hydrologist Brian Twining's latest report you'll find detailed descriptions and figures to help you learn more about the drilling process; the boreholes and cores; and water-related data.



Evaluation of Seepage and Discharge Uncertainty in the Middle Snake River, Southwestern Idaho

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Water exchange between surface water and groundwater (seepage) can impact water availability for legal water rights holders. Additionally, all streamgage and discharge measurements have some level of uncertainty, and that uncertainty should be considered for the State of Idaho to effectively monitor and manage water rights.

We joined the State of Idaho, Idaho Power Company, and Idaho Department of Water Resources to quantify seepage gains and losses and to estimate uncertainty in measured and computed discharge at selected sites in the middle Snake River area.

USGS hydraulic engineer Molly Wood describes the process and results in her latest report.