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Boise River Flooding 2017 – So Just How Bad Was It? 

September 27, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 pm Presentation
5:00 - 6:30 pm Social Hour outside along the river in the Riverside Pavilion
The Riverside Hotel
2900 W. Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers are Ron Abramovich, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Mary Mellema,  Bureau of Reclamation;  Steve Sweet of Quadrant Consulting

In 2017 we witnessed a “near” record  snow pack in the Boise mountains that resulted in unprecedented water releases from Lucky Peak Reservoir and sustained flood flows in the lower Boise River.  Flooding conditions resulted in damage to the Boise River Greenbelt, evacuation of residential areas, farmland loss, and pit capture. So was 2017 a highly unusual year or can we expect similar events in the future? Just how close were we to having the “catastrophic release” from the reservoir system?  What is pit capture and should we be concerned?  The Idaho Environmental Forum has compiled the experts to help answer these questions and provide their perspective of the 2017 floods and future management challenges.  We will start the forum high in the mountains with a presentation by Ron Abramovich, water supply specialist, on Idaho snow pack and predictions of snow runoff.  Next, Mary Mellema of the Bureau of Reclamation will provide a reservoir water management perspective and provide details on 2017 reservoir management and its challenges.  Finally, Steve Sweet will provide the perspective of river flood management, including Boise River flood preparation and coordination as well as the concerns with pit capture along the Boise River.


Ron Abramovich is the Water Supply Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Snow Survey Program. He has lived in Boise since 1991 providing snow survey and water supply information to the many users that relay of Idaho’s annual snowfall and water supply forecasts.

Mary Mellema has worked for the Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office River and Reservoir Operations group since 2001.  She is the supervisor of the real-time reservoir operations group and her tasks include directing daily operations and water management for Reclamation reservoirs across the Pacific Northwest including the Boise River.   

Steve Sweet of Quadrant Consulting serves as District Engineer for a handful of local irrigation companies, flood control and drainage districts along the Boise River.  During the 2017 high-water event, Steve served an active role advising Boise River Flood Control District #10 and also posted his weekly System Review, providing local insights into the developing situation.  Steve has vast experience with flood management issues on the Boise River including pit capture. 

Moderator: Mike Murray


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September 27, 2017

Boise River Flooding 2017 – So Just How Bad Was It?

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