Boise River Enhancement Network Mission Statement
We are a network of people that live, work and play in the Boise River watershed dedicated to promoting the ecological enhancement of the river.
The Boise River is recognized as a valuable resource by all communities in the Treasure Valley. Boise River Enhancement Network participants envision a healthy Boise River that enriches the Valley’s quality of life.
Imagine a Boise River that:
- Helps meet our communities’ desire for outdoor recreation and economic vitality;
- Provides irrigation and drinking water to communities;
- Flows through natural and restored fish and wildlife habitat;
- Offers clean water for swimming and fishing;
- Inspires people to better understand and appreciate the river and engage in stewardship efforts.
The Boise River Enhancement Network delivers for the Boise River, 2011-2017
In 2011, dozens of people worked together to host a special gathering for Boise River stakeholders and practitioners. Over 100 people from throughout the Treasure Valley attended the From Vision to Reality – Enhancing the Lower Boise River Workshop. Participants agreed that the most important next steps were to form an ongoing network and develop a river enhancement plan.
In 2012 and 2013, a diverse group met monthly to establish the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) and continue to provide education, networking and planning services. The name, mission statement and vision statement were adopted, ten field trips and 9 lunch programs were held and a website was created.
In addition, the group applied for and received a 2-year, $100,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
With this funding in 2014 and 2015, BREN published a monthly newsletter, created a governing structure and a sustainability plan, elected a Coordinating Team, held six field trips and eleven educational programs and wrote the Boise River Enhancement Plan. The Plan was written with the input and guidance of resource professionals, elected officials, special interest groups and the general public gathered at dozens of workshops, presentations and meetings hosted by BREN. It’s an informative, forward-looking Plan to improve water quality, aquatic and riparian habitat and stream channel function from Lucky Peak Dam to the Snake River. It’s a bird’s eye view of the current health of the river and a proposal to work cooperatively to enhance the ecosystem.
In 2016, BREN offered educational, networking and planning services to support implementation of the recommendations in the Boise River Enhancement Plan. BREN was awarded two large grants for cooperative enhancement projects.
Vision to Reality Workshop – how it all began