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Boise River: Source to Snake

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This summer Christopher Swain will lead a journey over 150 miles of the Boise River from its source in the Sawtooths to its confluence with the Snake River. Along the way he will collect water samples, report on the health of our river, and interview various people about their hopes and dreams for the Boise River.

While Swain swims we will take a variety of quick and simple actions to improve the health of the river and show our support for fishable, swimable, and drinkable water.

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08/06/19 11:30am: Boise River Action Month Proclamation. Join Idaho Business for the Outdoors, Christopher Swain and Mayors at Julia Davis Park (near the Bandshell) for the announcement and call to action.

08/08/19 10:00am - 2pm: Redfish Lake Launch. Join us as Christopher Swain swims Redfish to access the trailhead to Spangle Lake - Redfish Lake.

08/24/19 10am - 12pm: Swim with Swain - Sandy Point Event. Come hear from Christopher Swain who will be out of the wilderness part of his journey and ready to swim and share updates our our Boise River!

08/28/19 11:45am - 1:15pm: City Club/Idaho Environmental Forum Lunch: Swimming the Boise River - Source to Snake with Christopher Swain. The Grove.

08/30/19 4pm - 5:30pm: Boise River Trash Pick Up at Kristin Armstrong Park. Meet and join a team to pick up trash along the Boise river. Then join us for a Friends of the River celebration with Christopher Swain in the park.

08/30/19 5:30 - 8pm: Friends of the River Celebration, Kristin Armstrong Park. Christopher Swain will share news on his Boise River Swim and river stakeholders will share their hopes for the Boise River.


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Idaho Business for the Outdoors will be gathering and sharing baseline data on water quality on the Boise River: Source to Snake. We will also be hosting community engagement events, and leading water workshops for high school students from Idaho City, Mountain Home, Boise, Caldwell, Eagle and Parma. Workshops will be inspired by the Clean Water Act and facilitated with our community partners along the river to help support fishable, swimmable and drinkable water all along the Boise River.

Students will head to the river for day long STREAM workshops aimed at empowering students as citizen scientists and water managers. Using the Water Quality Index, students will participate in seven different water quality tests as teams and compare their results with water tests collected by a College of Idaho student team. Students will also have the opportunity to be industry leaders and water stakeholders, making the case for their water needs along the Boise River. They will be challenged to explore the complexities of water use and management by a diverse set of stakeholders.

Swain will visit student workshops, share his updates on the river and get kids engaged as stewards of Idaho’s waterways. He will also conduct stakeholder interviews all along the river with community leaders, farmers, miners, ranchers, land owners, students, and river recreationists which will be shared on our mobile app, Boise River: Source to Snake. Let’s come together as a community to celebrate a resource we all share this summer. Together we sustain healthy, prosperous communities along the Boise River watershed for years to come!