“This Plan is a call for action,” said Boise River Enhancement Network member and report co-author Tamsen Binggeli. “The Boise River continues to face many stressors that reduce the health and function of the river. People from across the Treasure Valley came together to make this plan, and now it’s time to put enhancement concepts into action.”
The Boise River Enhancement Plan was prepared by the Boise River Enhancement Network with funding provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Cooperative Watershed Management program.
"The plan explains in easy-to-understand text and outstanding graphics the water usage, river health and competing interests for the river,” said Jerold Gregg, area manager of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Snake River Area Office.
The document also emphasizes the effectiveness of private-public partnerships and collaboration of multiple agencies and interest groups.
“Collaboration allows groups to pool resources and work together on high priority projects that one or few entities couldn’t undertake on their own,” Binggeli said. “The plan could provide useful guidance for allocating funds from the newly passed Clean Water Levy, for example, to enhance the recreation experience, as well as the habitat and ecology, of the Boise River.”
The Boise River Enhancement Plan is available at boiseriverenhancement.net. It includes many informative graphics, illustrative photos and text suitable for a wide audience.
The Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) was founded in 2012. BREN represents people who live, work and play in the Boise River watershed and are dedicated to the ecological enhancement of the river. BREN hosts educational programs, field trips, and online networking and supports research, enhancement projects and relationship building. BREN membership is free and open to the public.