In the West, people place all kinds of demands on water. Fish and wildlife need this limited resource, too.
Parceling it out requires accurate data about water amounts and levels - That’s why the federal government started to build river gauges 123-years ago. One of the oldest in the Northwest can be found in Idaho.
The Boise River starts as melting snow in the Sawtooth Mountains. It twists and turns through 102-miles of forests, deep canyons, open range, and urban areas to the Snake River. Along the way, every drop of water serves a purpose.