POCATELLO – By providing input and informational tools Idaho State University researchers are assisting the citizens of Pocatello to create a new vision and plans for the Portneuf River running through the city.
Now confined largely to a concrete channel as it flows through town, the Portneuf River may one day be freer flowing, bordered by walkways, parks or other improvements envisioned by planners.
ISU researchers active in the National Science Foundation’s Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) project have lent their expertise and knowledge to the City of Pocatello’s Portneuf River Vision Study, a research project funded by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
The goal of the river vision project is to create a comprehensive plan for the Portneuf River from the Portneuf ‘Gap’ on the south edge of the city, downstream to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundary at Siphon Road.
“The City of Pocatello wants to restore the river and improve the quality of life for Pocatello and still meet flood control needs,” said Hannah Sanger, City of Pocatello science and environment division manager and lead on the city’s Portneuf River Vision Study. [Read more…]