Category: Boise River

Boise River Boating Report

Flows have fluctuated on the lower Boise River this spring, but as the river begins its final downward dance, many people are thinking about getting on the river in their canoes, kayaks and rafts.  Rivers are dynamic natural systems that are always changing.  The lower Boise River is no exception, and the recent weeks of… Read more »

IBO’s Boise River Research Station

By Gregory Kaltenecker, IBO Executive Director Most people know about the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Lucky Peak Station high in the Boise foothills. Volunteers help band hundreds of migratory birds there each year. But IBO has a new research station on the Boise River on the pool created by the Barber Dam. This area of the… Read more »

Cooperative Project Will Remove Tons of Sediment

Work Begins on Water Quality Protection Project The Farmers’ Co-operative Ditch Company of Parma is breaking new ground in northwest Canyon County as work gets underway on an 8.8-acre sediment basin designed to remove 2,000 tons of sediment from the water in the canal. When completed, canal water will be diverted into the sediment basin… Read more »

Yellow Warblers Flock to the Boise River

Used by permission of the Intermountain Bird Observatory For the past few months, Sage International School senior, Zoe Daly has been working on a project using Yellow Warbler data from the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Boise River Research Station. In the Fall of 2017 IBO ran nets daily during fall migration for the first time ever!… Read more »

The Power of Cover Crops

By Jessica Harrold, Ada Soil &  Water Conservation District Agriculture is big business in the Treasure Valley. Area farmers produce a wide variety of crops including hops, award-winning wines, onions, mint and the great Idaho sugar beet. While the sunny climate and availability of irrigation water contributes to the bountiful harvest, the quality of the… Read more »

The Importance of Soil Health

By Erin Brooks, Natural Resources Conservation Service It would have been hard to find any reference to soil health twenty years ago. Soil was conventionally treated as an inert growing medium. Today’s explosion of interest in soil health reflects a fundamental shift in soil science and a corresponding shift in the way we care for… Read more »

Unique Partnership Will Reduce Boise River Pollution

by Dr. Jack Harrison Water in the Boise River will have less sediment and phosphorus because of a new partnership between the City of Middleton and Drainage District No. 2 (DD2). The innovative water quality improvement project will remove sediment and phosphorus from the Mill Slough, a major Boise River tributary. This partnership between the… Read more »

Story Map of Urban Growth in the Treasure Valley

BSU’s MILES project just released a Story Map that documents historic growth in the Treasure Valley and provides future growth scenarios, and their impacts to different ecosystem services and land use changes, through 2100, in order to inform policy decisions about the sustainable management of local resources. Check out the Story Map Here! The importance… Read more »

Monitoring Shows Progress Towards Reducing Boise River Phosphorus Levels

By Lauren Perreault, USGS For decades, the lower Boise River downstream of Lucky Peak Reservoir has been highly enriched with phosphorus. Too much of a good thing, the high concentrations of phosphorus create a cycle of excessive plant growth, decreased oxygen for fish, and even algal blooms. But things may be turning around. Water-quality monitoring… Read more »

Citizen Science! Boise Watershed Watch

by Kati Carberry, BREN Coordinating Team Chair Hi Fellow Boise River Enthusiasts, The Boise River Watershed Watch Day is coming up on Saturday September 30th from 10:00-12:00.  Watershed Watch is a great program led by the Boise Watershed where a Team Leader and a group of citizen scientists monitor an assigned surface water site along… Read more »