The monitoring program for the Portneuf River Basin enables stakeholders to assess and document the influence of natural and human-caused factors on water quality. The program is a cooperative effort of private industry, educational institutions, scientists, and government agencies at numerous levels:

  • Center for Ecological Research, Idaho State University

  • City of Pocatello

  • Idaho Department of Agriculture

  • Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game

  • Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribe

  • Three Rivers RC&D Council, Inc.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

James T. Brock of Rapid Creek Research, the implementing contractor, said, “We have been very impressed with the functionality of the VDV software. I have no doubt that the Vista product range should be able to address most of the needs of our customer.

Data from seven measuring stations is stored in the Portneuf River Basin VDV database system. Data originate from Campbell Scientific data loggers.

The Portneuf River Basin program runs Vista Data Vision applications for their logged data, data base storage, displaying data to the web for its users,and for reporting.

Case Study Summary


Monitoring water quality



Products Used



Vista Engineering

Participating Organizations

Idaho State University, City of Pocatello, State of Idaho, Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation District, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, Three Rivers RC&D Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Measured Parameters

temperature, specific conductivity, disolved oxygen, ph, turbidity

Controlled Devices

Seven measuring stations with water flow and water quality measurement sensors

Related Website

Portneuf River Basin

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