Volunteers Protect Enhancement Project from Rising River

A dozen hard working volunteers pitched in on February 22 to install coconut fiber erosion control mat over topsoil at a new habitat enhancement project on the Boise River by Eckert Bridge. The $45,000 aquatic habitat enhancement project was finished late last year, but there hadn’t been time to replant vegetation and stabilize the soil […]

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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 […]

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Aquatic Habitat Project Completed

The Ada County Environmental Advisory Board’s aquatic habitat enhancement project in the Boise River near Barber Park and the Eckert Bridge was completed in early December. Boise River Enhancement Network members were a driving force to advance this first-of-its-kind project. The project addresses the lack of instream cover, habitat complexity and low-velocity resting areas identified […]

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Boise Hires Restoration Specialist

The City of Boise hired me on September 1, 2016 in a newly created Parks and Recreation position, Foothills Restoration Specialist. While a large portion of my position includes foothills rehabilitation and restoration, 25% of my time will be spent working on improving riparian habitat along the Boise River and associated waterways. The City of […]

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Reclamation to Offer Enhancement Funding

The Boise River Enhancement Network received a $100,000 Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 2013. With funding from the grant and thousands of dollars of in-kind matching support,  BREN accomplished the following tasks. 1) Cooperatively developed a structure and operating process for BREN that defines participation, establishes roles and […]

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City Plan Needs to Protect Habitat

Dear Mr. President and Parks and Recreation Commissioners, I am writing on behalf of the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN.) BREN is a local network of over 200 members whose primary goal is connecting people and projects in support of ecological enhancement of the Boise River. Our members represent diverse interests, including agriculture, economic development, […]

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