BURP Stream Monitoring Locations (IDEQ)


In 1993, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) embarked on a pilot monitoring program, the Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Project (now Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program [BURP]) aimed at integrating biological monitoring with physical habitat assessment to characterize stream integrity and the quality of Idaho's waters. The program has been implemented statewide since 1994. DEQ's past monitoring and assessment practices and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rapid bioassessment protocols (RBPs) provided the foundation for BURP monitoring protocols. The purpose of BURP is to assist in determining the existing uses and beneficial use support status of Idaho's water bodies. The purposes of an annual BURP work plan are to provide background information about the program and list program objectives for a specific year. A companion to this work plan, the Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program Field Manual for Wadeable (Small) Streams (Clark, in prep), describes the methods used in BURP.


This project was also developed to meet the CWA requirements of monitoring and assessing biology and developing biocriteria. This pilot, named the Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Project (BURP), relied heavily on protocols for monitoring physical habitat and macroinvertebrates developed by Idaho State University and DEQ in the early 1990s.

Dataset Credit

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality- Surface Water Program https://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/monitoring-assessment/burp.aspx

Use Limitations

Subtype - Stype 1 = Stream , 2 = Large River Site, 3 = Not Monitored

Restriction of Liability: Neither the State of Idaho nor the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, nor any of their employees make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information or data provided. Metadata is provided for all data sets, and no data should be used without first reading and understanding its limitations. The data could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. The Department of Environmental Quality may update, modify, or revise the data used at any time, without notice.


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Bounding Rectangle

West: -117.480268
East: -110.686710
North: 49.028520
South: 41.907285

Spatial Reference

ArcGIS coordinate system

* Type: Projected
* Geographic coordinate reference: GCS_North_American_1983
* Projection: NAD_1983_Idaho_TM

Point of Contact

Individual's Name: Jason Fales
Organization's Name: Idaho DEQ
Contact's Position: BURP Monitoring and Assessment Coordinator
Contact's Email: Jason.Fales@deq.idaho.gov
Contact's Voice Mail: 208 375-0574