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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.