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The Raft River Basin, Idaho-Utah as of 1966: A reappraisal of the water resources and effects of ground-water development

Open-File Report 70-355

Prepared in cooperation with the State of Idaho Department of Reclamation
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  • Figures:
    • Figure 1 (pdf) Map of the Raft River basin, Idaho and Utah, showing geology, subbasins and subareas, physiographic features, and lines of geologic sections
    • Figure 2 (pdf) Isohyetal map of the Raft River basin, Utah-Idaho
    • Figure 5 (pdf) Map of the Raft River basin, showing approximate extent of irrigated land in 1966
    • Figure 7 (pdf) Geologic sections Raft River valley, Idaho
    • Figure 8 (pdf) Approximate thickness of water-bearing units in the Raft River valley subbasin
    • Figure 13 (pdf) Distribution of water yield in Raft River basin, Idaho and Utah
    • Figure 14 (pdf) Wells and water-level contours for Raft River basin, Idaho and Utah, Spring 1966
    • Figure 22 (pdf) Map showing diagrammatically chemical quality of water in Raft River basin, Idaho and Utah
    • Figure 23 (pdf) Map showing chemical quality of ground water in the Raft River basin, Idaho and Utah
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Abstract

The Raft River basin, mostly in south-central Idaho and partly in Utah, is a drainage basin of approximately 1,510 square miles. Much arable land in the basin lacks water for irrigation, and the potentially irrigable acreage far exceeds the amount that could be irrigated with the 140,000 acre-feet estimated annual water yield. Therefore, the amount of uncommitted water that could be intercepted and used within the basin is the limiting factor in further development of agriculture irrigated with water derived from within the basin; Water for additional irrigation might be obtained by pumping more ground water, but only if large additional ground-water storage depletion can be tolerated. Alternatively, supplemental water might be imported.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
The Raft River Basin, Idaho-Utah as of 1966: A reappraisal of the water resources and effects of ground-water development
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
70-355
Year Published:
1970
Language:
English
Publisher:
Idaho Department of Water Administration
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
Report: vi, 95 p.; 9 Figures: 19.64 in. x 23.91 in. or smaller
Public Comments:
This report is also Water Information Bulletin no. 19
Country:
United States
State:
Idaho, Utah
Other Geospatial:
Raft River Basin