Protecting and Restoring the Boise River
Native Americans inhabited the Boise River's watershed for millennia with relatively minimal effects on the ecosystems. It wasn't long after Euro-Americans and other settlers came to the valley, though, that things began to change. Early Boisians began to alter the river's flow almost immediately—diverting water for agricultural and urban uses as well as flood control. The river was channelized, wetlands were drained, riparian vegetation was altered, eliminated or replaced with tilled fields, grazing areas and urban developments. Water was polluted by industrial and agricultural runoff and fragile river banks were eroded, increasing siltation in rivers and streams.
There have been many negative consequences of our actions. In recent decades, scientists and resource managers have learned much about the value of clean water, seasonal water fluctuations, and healthy ecosystems. Our conservation messages will highlight actions being taken by everyone from professional resource managers to volunteers from all walks of life—even school children—to protect and restore the Boise River ecosystem.
View and print PDF versions of the interpretive messages before visiting the trail by clicking the links below.