Wednesday, December 3, 2014

City of Boise Updates Its Comprehensive River Plan

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

click to enlarge The new Boise River Resource Management and Master Plan is the first major update in 15 years. - CITY OF BOISE
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  • The new Boise River Resource Management and Master Plan is the first major update in 15 years.

The City of Boise's Boise River Resource Management and Master Plan hasn't been updated since 1999, when alcohol was banned on the river and the idea for the Boise River Park was created. A lot has changed since then.

So on Dec. 2, the Boise City Council voted unanimously to adopt a majorly updated plan, applying mainly to ten miles of the Boise River corridor from Barber Park to the Glenwood Bridge. The new 75-page plan presents 77 recommendations on topics from public safety and recreation to natural resources and education. 

Its primary goals include addressing widespread popularity of the Greenbelt and river corridor that could result in environmental degradation. The recommendations are flexible and able to accommodate changes in society, technology, and trends in recreation.   

According to a news release from Idaho Rivers United, recommendations include restoration to riparian areas, a more natural river flow pattern where parks will play a bigger role in reducing flood risk, infrastructure to help capture pollution before it reaches the river, and the hiring of a staff ecologist for the city.

This updated plan was put together by a steering committee of 21 community members who met 18 times from June 2013 to June 2014. Members included folks from Boise State University, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ada County Parks and Waterways, Boise Parks and Recreation, Boise Public Works Department, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Trout Unlimited, Boise River Enhancement Network, Idaho River Sports, and Friends of the Boise River. 

The plan itself says such goals will be met through partnerships between the city and irrigators and other governmental agencies, as well as public and private entities. 

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