Category: Water Quality

From Weeds to Wetland

By Erin Brooks and Liz Paul Many hands made quick work of planting over 300 trees and shrubs at Jason Cagle’s constructed wetland in Greenleaf on April 20.  The work involved digging into hard-packed dirt, fording the high-flowing Pipe Gulch Creek, working on steep hillsides and remembering how and where to plant the many species… 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 »

ACHD Invests to Protect the River

Unbeknownst to most harried commuters, Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is reducing pollution of the Boise River as part of many road improvement projects. ACHD is leading the valley in investment in roadway Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI), and new projects on State St. and Franklin Road demonstrate two different techniques. While ACHD has not permitted… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »