Category: Geomorphology

High Flows in Cottonwood Creek

by Kathy Peter and Liz Paul On April 8, 2006, Cottonwood Creek reached its highest flow in the 16 years the current US Geological Survey (USGS) stream gage has been in operation. At 78 cubic feet per second (cfs), the flow was more than twice as high as the second highest peak flow recorded on… Read more »

Barber Dam: The Hydropower Project in our Backyard

By Mary Lucachick The Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project is the closest hydroelectric power plant to Idaho’s capitol.  It’s located about 1/3 mile above Eckert Road east of downtown Boise. Fulcrum, LLC, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, Inc., and Ada County are co-licensees. The 40-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the… Read more »

BREN Receives BOR WaterSmart Grant!

We have great news for the Boise River – the Boise River Enhancement Network has been awarded $100,000 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to implement Phase II of the WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program! The grant was submitted and supported with the following partners: Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited, City of Boise, The… Read more »

A Place for Floods to Go

BY ROCKY BARKER rbarker@idahostatesman.com The moment of truth for the development of Ada County since 1955 has arrived. For more than 27 days, the flood-swollen Boise River has rolled through Boise, Garden City and Eagle at 8,000 cubic feet per second with only minimal damage and inconvenience. Today it flows at 8,600 cfs as measured… 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 »

High Spring Flows Benefit Plants, Wildlife and People

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation announced that the flows released from Lucky Peak Reservoir will increase to around 7,000 cfs at Glenwood Bridge by Tuesday, March 7th. The increase in flows is expected to submerge large portions of the greenbelt and other low-lying areas but will help lessen flood risk… 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 »

Instream Habitat Project Approved

A new instream habitat project is set to be implemented this November in the mainstem Boise River – the first such project in decades and a top recommendation in the Boise River Enhancement Plan. The Boise River lacks roughness elements, such as rock and large wood, that provide habitat diversity, cover, and velocity breaks for… Read more »