About the USGS Idaho Water Science Center

Welcome Message from our Director

Hello and welcome to our Web site. We invite you to explore the wealth of data and information provided here about who we are, what we do, and how we can serve you.

The Idaho Water Science Center is one of 48 nationwide USGS water science centers. Our mission is to provide reliable, impartial scientific information to our local, state, tribal, and federal cooperators so they can efficiently manage the water resources within their jurisdictions. Our data and research are also essential for the protection of the citizens of Idaho against floods and other natural disasters and for the preservation of the environment. Our science is focused in five basic areas:

  • Surface water resources including rivers, lakes, and reservoirs
  • Groundwater resources, both cold water and geothermal
  • Water quality of both surface and groundwater resources
  • Integrity of aquatic biological resources
  • Water use and availability

To learn more about us, start with the links to the right that will lead you to information about our capabilities and expertise, employment and volunteer opportunities, and ways to contact or visit our office locations. Again, thank you for visiting us on the Web. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.