As springtime temperatures rise, the melting of higher than normal winter snowpack has caused flooding on rivers and streams throughout Idaho, eastern Oregon, and northern Nevada. Hydrographers from our Post Falls, Idaho Falls, and Boise field offices have responded quickly to collect data and document high-water marks, to repair flooded streamgages, and to install emergency streamgages to provide additional data for emergency response managers.
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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In partnership with the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the Idaho Water Resource Board, we will construct a numerical groundwater-flow model of the Treasure Valley and surrounding area. Resource managers will use the model to simulate potential human and climatic effects on groundwater for water-supply planning and management. As part of model construction, the hydrogeologic understanding of the aquifer system will be updated with information collected during the last two decades and new data collected for the study.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, we maintain groundwater-monitoring networks at the Idaho National Laboratory to determine hydrologic trends and to delineate the movement of radiochemical and chemical wastes in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer and in perched groundwater zones. This report presents an analysis of water-level and water-quality data collected from the ESRP aquifer, multilevel monitoring system (MLMS) wells in the ESRP aquifer, and perched groundwater wells in the USGS groundwater monitoring networks during 2012–15.