The USGS Idaho Water Science Center and the
USGS National Biological Information
(NBII) Great Basin Information Project
have partnered together to
develop a management and delivery system for aquatic biological monitoring data.
A large amount of aquatic biological data has been collected by the USGS water quality
projects since early 1990s. It is the mission of the NBII to locate biological data
sources that are important to management and deliver the data to scientists, managers,
and stakeholders. In 2006 the fish community data was loaded into a relational database.
This database provides the base for this web site.
This site currently allows users to search for aquatic data in the State of Idaho
by selecting a sampling site or a stream. These data can be filtered further
by fish species and date of sample. We've linked this site to the
web site so detailed natural history information is available for each fish family
All fish samples have been vouchered at
Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History at Albertson's College of Idaho.
Fish specimens for each site sampled are preserved in jars at the museum for taxonomic
verification (necessary when collecting community composition data).