BOISE - Boise is leading the nation with an innovative way to keep it's waterways clean.
The City of Boise made a deal with the E.P.A. to help protect the Boise River from agricultural pollutants. Boise built a 21 million dollar water treatment facility in the rural Idaho town of Parma to treat agricultural runoff.
City leaders say the deal is the first of it's kind in the country and was well worth the 6 years of planning and building to find a better way to reduce phosphorus pollution.
"It shows the government can work at all levels and we can do things better than we used to." Said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.
Environmental group Idaho Rivers United told 6 On Your Side they are cautiously optimistic about the deal and say the City of Boise deserves kudos for trying an innovative way to protect waterways.