Federal study planned on raising Boise River dam

Posted at 12:30 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 22:39:58-04

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials plan to create an environmental study that will look at raising one of three Boise River dams to capture more water for irrigation and flood control.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is taking comments through Sept. 9 and holding three meetings involving the proposed project to raise Anderson Ranch Dam by six feet.

That would increase storage by 29,000 acre-feet. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons.

The Bureau of Reclamation is holding the public meetings on Aug. 27 in Pine, Aug. 28 in Boise, and Aug. 29 in Mountain Home.

A plan to raise Arrowrock Dam seventy feet fell apart in 2016 when it failed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study.

(by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)