Category: Recreation

What’s that Scum? Perhaps it’s a Harmful Algal Bloom…

By Graham Freeman, Idaho DEQ Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) seem to be making all of the news these days, from newspapers to national television, from Florida to Washington and most places in between.  So what exactly are Harmful Algal Blooms and why are they such a hot subject right now? Let’s dive in, or maybe… Read more »

Barber Pool – A Completely Different River Experience

by Tom “Chel” Chelstrom Dipped my paddle In the cool clear water Canoe slices through Like a sleek river otter   Paddle ‘round the bend What will you see Splashy little riffle Or a sweet eddy People define ideal river trips in different ways. The Boise River “town stretch” from Barber Park to Ann Morrison… Read more »

E. coli Plagues Local Pond

By Kate Harris, City of Boise You may have seen the “Pond Closed” signs at City of Boise ponds this year or heard about the City’s decision to close Esther Simplot Park to dogs.  The City closed both Quinn’s Pond and Esther Simplot Park ponds on June 21 due to E. coli concerns.  Quinn’s Pond… Read more »

LTTV & BREN Awarded Grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

It’s another win for enhancement! The Land Trust of The Treasure Valley (LTTV) and BREN have been awarded a grant by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore upland and wetland/riparian habitat at the Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve in Boise, Idaho. The 44-acre wildlife reserve is owned by the City of Boise and provides… Read more »

Floodplains Are Refuge for Fish in High Water

by Michael K. Homza, PE It’s humbling to stand on the banks of the Boise River as it roars by above its official flood discharge of 7,200 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs). It’s deep, cold and fast. I wonder if I could survive an attempt to swim across to the other bank. I shudder at the thought. Luckily,… Read more »

BREN Assembles Collaborative Teams for Multi-Benefit Enhancement Projects

The Boise River will have better habitat for fish and wildlife and cleaner water and more community members, including refugees, will participate in stewardship activities if funding is awarded to two BREN-facilitated collaborative enhancement projects. Cottonwood Creek Daylighting Project BREN partnered with the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited, City of Boise, Idaho Department of Fish… Read more »

The Importance of River Access

Thursday, September 29 marks a notable event for Boise River recreationists. At 10:30 AM, Boise Parks and Recreation dedicates the new Willow Lane boat ramp. The new ramp is at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex, off State Street. The ramp is well designed to allow non-motorized, trailered boats- drift boats, dorys and large rafts- access… Read more »