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Crews to begin removing hazardous trees, brush from the Boise River

Posted: 12:55 PM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 14:57:31-05

BOISE, Idaho — Crews from the Boise River Flood Control District #10 will be conducting routine winter maintenance activities on the Boise River starting later this month and continuing through March. They’ll be working from the Ada County Fairgrounds downstream to just above Interstate 84 in Caldwell.

The District will remove hazardous trees and debris from selected portions of the river to help decrease river flow restrictions during high water periods and to help reduce the risk of flooding.

“We wanted to give the public a heads up that there might be heavy equipment working in the river, or people may see smoke from slash burning along the river during our maintenance period,” said Mike Dimmick, Manager of Flood District #10.

This work will be performed under permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho Department of Water Resources, and under a Memorandum of Understanding from Department of Environmental Quality.

The permitting agencies require that the work be done from November to March -- while river flows are below 350 cubic feet per second, as measured at the Glenwood Bridge.

(photo courtesy: Steve Stuebner)