Boise River

Water
4:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Slow Snow Melt Means Record Low River Flow Through Boise

In early April, the Boise River in Boise was flowing at about three times its current rate.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Flow in the Boise River set a record low this week. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, flow Thursday at the Glenwood bridge on Boise’s west side was the lowest ever recorded on May 8. 

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Water
11:05 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level

Flow in the Boise River has increased significantly in the last several days. Whitewater - absent for much of the winter - can be see in this location in east Boise.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Those managing water flow in the Boise River Basin say they plan to keep the river at its current level for the foreseeable future.

The river is been flowing at roughly 1,800 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Street bridge in Boise.  The flow last week was around 300 cfs and then increased steadily over the weekend.

Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager Brian Sauer says the outflow at Lucky Peak reached 1,800 cfs for the first time this season at 8 a.m. Monday.  Flood level is 7,000 cfs.

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Environment
8:59 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Interactive Boise River Web-Cam Losing Funding, Could Go Dark

Screen shot of the web-cam controls.
Credit id.water.usgs.gov

I spent 15 minutes entranced watching the Boise River sparkle and the fall leaves rustle on the computer screen in my windowless studio.  U.S. Geological Survey hydraulic engineer Molly Wood talked about the features of the USGS Boise River web camera while I played with the controls. I zoomed in on trees upstream and flipped it around to see the cars on the Glenwood Bridge.

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Environment
10:59 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Chinook Salmon Return To The Boise River, But Not On Their Own

Juvenile Chinook salmon.
Credit Roger Tabor / USFWS Pacific

Chinook salmon haven't returned naturally to the Boise River for decades, since dams downstream on the Snake River blocked their passage.

But the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be stocking 300 to 400 Chinook jacks in the Boise River Monday.

The jack salmon are young Chinooks that return to fresh water earlier than other spawning adults.

They're about half the size of typical Chinooks that return to rivers.

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Boise River
7:14 am
Fri August 31, 2012

One Man's Mission To Clean The Boise River

Chris Nelson has swam the Boise River every Sunday of the floating season for 13 years, picking up trash and valuables people lost on the river.
Jessica Murri Boise State Public Radio

Chris Nelson stands on the bank of the Boise River put-in in his full-body wet suit. He has flippers on his feet, and snorkel gear around his face. He clips a 23-pound weight belt around his waist and ties a small raft to it.

“As far as I know, I’m the only nut that swims the whole stretch,” he says.

People getting ready to float the river stare. His raft drags behind him as he flip-flops to the water.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Atlanta Gold Company Fined By Judge

A U.S. District Judge handed down a penalty today and issued a warning to a company trying to mine gold in Idaho.

U.S. District Judge Mikell Williams has ordered Atlanta Gold Company to pay $2-million dollars in fines for not following clean water laws. Judge Williams also ordered it to comply with the federal Clean Water Act by the end of October or face even more penalties.

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City of Boise
7:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Boise Opens Long-Awaited River Park

Tom Governale, Boise's Superintendent of Parks, says the new river park has been 14 years in the making.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

The City of Boise Thursday officially opens its whitewater river park. Building it has been a long process.

Boise’s Park superintendent Tom Governale remembers when he first heard the idea of a whitewater park in Boise. It was 14 years ago.

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Water
2:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Flood Warning For Boise River To Remain For Several Days

A USGS team gets ready to install a flood response streamgage at Eagle Road. Three of these gauges are going in on the Boise River.
Tim Merrick US Geological Survey

 

The Boise River is under a flood warning for the next several days.   Dave Groenert  is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise. He says that warning will remain at least for the next seven days as temperatures rise. “They (temperatures ) look to peak at the middle of next week Wednesday,” explains Groenert. “And then after that cool back to normal.”

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Boise River
5:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Timberline High School Students Win Presidential Environmental Award

Timberline High School Students William D'Onofrio, Carl Breidenbach, Nathan Wong
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Three high school students from Boise did something an Idahoan hasn’t done in about thirty years.  They won what’s called the U.S. Presidential Environmental Youth Award.  Their successful project helped restore a part of the Boise River. 

Timberline High School juniors Carl Breidenbach, William D’Onofrio, and Nathan Wong teamed up on the restoration project in Southeast Boise.  Inspiration came from a popular summer activity.  "When we were floating the river with Nathan, we noticed that people were just trampling the beach. The vegetation had been decimated," says Breidenbach.

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