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Boise River Conference: The Health of the Boise River

September 26, 2018
1:30 - 2:15 Registration
2:15 - 5:00 pm Presentation
5:00 - 6:30 pm Social Hour outside along the river in the Riverside Pavilion with an optional tour.
The Riverside Hotel
2900 W. Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID

Join us at the annual Boise River Conference and Reception. This year we are focusing on the health of the Boise River and the efforts by many to enhance this wonderful and important resource.

2:15:    Welcome Remarks: Mayor Dave Bieter, City of Boise.  

2:30:    Water Quality - Melissa Hill, Lower Boise Watershed Coordinator at Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, will discuss the water quality health of the Boise River.  Topics include water quality concerns and trends, and status of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and related regulatory programs.

3:00:    The Fishery - Joe Kozfkay, Regional Fisheries Manager for Idaho Fish and Game, will discuss the Boise River fishery including fish types, trends in fish populations, reproduction, and challenges to this important and popular fishery. 

3:30:    Break

3:50:    Enhancement - Tamsen Binggeli (T-O Engineers and Treasurer for BREN) will describe the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) including their origin and overall mission for the Boise River in the Treasure Valley. Tamsen will highlight BREN’s accomplishments and future challenges for ecological enhancement of the river. 

4:10:    Stories of Boise River Enhancement 
What better way to appreciate Boise River enhancement efforts in the Treasure Valley than by hearing the stories of those who have lived it (both struggles and successes).  As part of a panel discussion we will hear stories from:

  • Douglas K Bates, owner Pintail Ranch, Canyon County
  • Sean Finn, Golden Eagle Audubon Society, community native-plant cultivation.
  • Heidi Ware Carlisle, Education and Outreach Director, Intermountain Bird Observatory
  • Mayor Darin Taylor, City of Middleton
  • Lynda Johnson, Riverside Hotel, Business owner 

There will be time for audience questions as well as discussion from our speakers on Boise River health, enhancement, and future challenges. So be prepared to participate!

5:00     Reception – outside at Riverside Hotel, along the Boise River

5:10     Walking Tour – For those interested, BREN will conduct a 20-minute walking tour of the enhancement projects at and near the Riverside Hotel (details provided at the conference). 

Forum Chair: Mike Murray


Registration Deadline - Monday, September 24th at 12:00 pm




September 26, 2018

Boise River Conference: The Health of the Boise River

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