Category: Urban

BREN Cleanup Flotillas Tackle the Trash

BREN volunteers took to the Boise River to tackle the trash and they made quite the haul. The adventurous crews launched kayaks, rafts, SUPs, canoes, IKs, float tubes and a catamaran armed with indestructible orange bags donated by Brady Industries. They stuffed cans, glass and plastic bottles, t-shirts, underware, cups, wrappers, lighters, balls, butts, fishing […]

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Nampa Residents Improve Water Quality

by Emiline Hogg, Nampa Public Outreach Coordinator What’s in the schools, in the parks, at the library, along the pathways, and in your pocket and makes the Boise River cleaner? It’s the City of Nampa Environmental Compliance Division (ECD) Outreach Program. The Outreach Program was started in 2009 under the guidance of Cheryl Jenkins.  ECD […]

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The Future of the Boise River GREEN Belt?

by Alan Crockett The Boise River Greenbelt is one of the major attractions in Boise.  What other capital city has a river running through where you can fish, raft, bike, swim, bird watch and relax surrounded by GREEN?  We love the GREEN that we have and we don’t see how it is changing. But it […]

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We Have Liftoff for Cottonwood Creek Project

The collaborative Cottonwood Creek Daylighting project is picking up momentum.  The creek design shaping up and a new generation of Black Cottonwood trees are growing.This ambitious project will move Cottonwood Creek out of the buried flume where it has flowed for decades into an engineered creek channel on the east end of Julia Davis Park. […]

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Cottonwood Creek: “It Will Cost a Pretty Penny”

It must have been a dry July when the City of Boise founders platted the first streets in 1863. They established the city in the channel of Cottonwood Creek. Although Cottonwood Creek is a large tributary to the lower Boise River, it can dry up for months between rain storms and snow melt. The natural […]

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Birders Gather Data for Cottonwood Creek Project

by Heidi Ware Carlisle, BSU Intermountain Bird Observatory The east end of Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise will be transformed over the next year. What’s now a mono-culture of turf with scattered mature trees will make way for a vibrant small creek with aquatic and riparian vegetation taking root. Willows, Wood’s Rose, Golden Currant, […]

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Cottonwood Creek: “A Great Source of Trouble and Expense”

A deep freeze had clenched the Boise valley for weeks and snow lay thick on the foothills. In mid-January the temperature shot up to a balmy 50 degrees and rain began to fall.  Day after day the rain continued. On January 21, 1866, according to the January 23, 1866 edition of the Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, […]

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Boise River Water Quality Just Got Better

After what seemed like an eternity of disrupted traffic for State St. commuters, the new State St. and Veterans Memorial Parkway intersection is finished. Congratulate yourself if you’ve figured out how to negotiate the turn lanes. From the perspective of the Boise River, the inconvenience was well worth it. Improvements in stormwater management make this […]

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Urban Reserve Feels the Love

120 youth and adults took to the hillsides at the City of Boise’s Hyatt Hidden Lake Reserve in October to create healthier habitat for birds and reduce fire risk. Armed with shovels of all sizes, trowels, and even a post hole digger, the determined volunteers dug through the rocky soil to plant nearly 2,000 native […]

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