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Watershed Resources

Rapid Watershed Assessments (by 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Sub basin)

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho is in the process of developing Rapid Watershed Assessments (RWAs) to provide a natural resource snapshot and overview of each Idaho 8-Digit Hydrologic Unit.  The RWAs organize resource information into one document that local conservationists, units of government, and others can use to identify conservation opportunities and direct technical and financial resources to the appropriate sub basins.  They provide a concise description of the sub basins' natural resources, resource concerns, conservation needs, and ability to resolve natural resource issues and concerns.  RWAs typically contain the following information:

  • Physical resources
  • Land use and land cover
  • Soil, stream, precipitation data
  • Resource concerns
  • Census and social data
  • Progress/Status of Conservation by Land Use
  • Estimated Future Conservation Practice Application and Associated Costs

Most of the data for the RWAs were collected through the National Land Cover Data Set, NRCS - National Resources Inventory, Census of Agriculture, and numerous Idaho State Agencies including the Idaho State Soil Conservation Commission and the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts.  Local NRCS and partnership employee field staffs assisted in the compilation and verification of the data.

Over the course of several years, NRCS will be completing RWAs for the 8 digit Hydrologic Unit sub basins that are contained within Idaho's boundaries.  RWAs will not be completed for those sub basins that contain less than five percent private lands and those that are located more than ninety percent in adjacent states.

Select the following links below to view specific resource data for each of the 8 digit Hydrologic Unit sub basins:



Completed Rapid Watershed Assessments - January 2009 (PDF; 234 KB)

American Falls Watershed Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.52 MB) 

Bear Lake Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 4.20 MB)  SCC Prepared 

Beaver Camas Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.15 MB)  SCC Prepared 

Big Wood Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.35 MB) 

Blackfoot Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 822 KB) 

Bruneau Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.53 MB) 

Camas Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 939 KB) 

Central Bear Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 3.33 MB)  SCC Prepared 

C. J. Strike Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.22 MB)  SCC Prepared 

Clearwater Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 4.0 MB)  SCC Prepared  

Goose Creek Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 959 KB)

Idaho Falls Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.26 MB)

Jordan Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 3.46 MB)  SCC Prepared  

Lake Walcott Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.48 MB)

Little Lost Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.18 MB)

Little Salmon Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 2.81 MB)  SCC Prepared 

Little Wood Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.15 MB) 

Lower Bear - Malad Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 3.70 MB)  SCC Prepared 

Lower Boise Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 2.29 MB) 

Lower Henry's Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 815 KB)
 

Lower North Fork Clearwater Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.35 MB) 

Medicine Lodge Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 900 KB) 

Middle Bear Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 4.85 MB)  SCC Prepared  

Pahsimeroi Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 934 KB) 

Palisades Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.14 MB) 

Payette Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.1 MB) 

Pend Oreille Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.43 MB) 

Portneuf Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.9 MB) 

Priest Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.10 MB)  SCC Prepared  

Raft River Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 933 KB)

South Fork Clearwater Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 824 KB) 

Teton Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 907 KB) 

Upper Henry's Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 915 KB) 

Upper North Fork Clearwater Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.41 MB) 

Upper Salmon Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.3 MB) 

Upper Snake Rock Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.48 MB) 

Weiser Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 1.30 MB)  SCC Prepared  

Willow Rapid Watershed Assessment  (PDF; 993 KB) 

 


For More Information or Questions About the RWAs

Eugene Schock
Assistant State Conservationist (Technical Services)
Phone: (208) 378-5720
Email: Eugene.Schock@id.usda.gov