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 before water levels began rising in the Boise River. When it was announced on Feb. 21 that water levels would rise above 5,000 cfs, project sponsor, the Ada County Environmental Advisory Board, sprang into action working with Idaho Department of Fish and Game to procure needed supplies and round up volunteers. ┬áThe disturbed ground at the two engineered log structures on the north side of the river was covered with the erosion control mat and anchored in with willow cuttings and wood stakes. The site on the south side was already fully submerged. ENEL Green Power pitched in providing volunteers and helping purchase supplies. ┬áBREN provided volunteers and snacks. Thanks everyone.

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Hard Workers
Michael
IDFG Restoration Coordinator Michael directs
Selena
Selena, Chair of Ada County Environmental Advisory Board
Zimo
Zimo’s ready for fishing season
Christy
Christy from Freshwater Trust and BREN
Jeremy
Jeremy with ENEL Green Power
Kim
Kim lends a hand
Kyle
Kyle with ENEL Green Power
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Anchoring the coconut mat
staking
Willows and wood used for stakes