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It’s clean air month on Building a Greener Idaho and today I speak with Chad Worth with the Snake River Alliance and Beau Husfloen from Bluebird Solar and Light about the Solarize the Valley program. What does clean energy have to do with clean air? C’mon, our listeners (YOU) know the answer to that question!

Solarize the Valley 2.0 just kicked off for a second year with a goal of installing 250 kilowatts of clean solar energy on rooftops of homes and businesses across the valley. Chad and Beau will discuss the details of the program including why it’s a great time to go solar and how participants will get the best pricing, warranties and service as they invest in our collective clean energy future.

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The Boise River has been through various phases in recent human history. Not too long ago, the river was “utilitarian”. In other words, it was a trash dump that fed the irrigation canals. But things began looking up for the river as recreationists and conservationists made it known that there was value in a clean and healthy river corridor.

In 1962, the City of Boise hired a consultant group to create the City’s first comprehensive plan. The plan included the idea of a Boise River Greenbelt and suggested a greenbelt path along the river corridor. The rest as they say, is history. Since that time, the Boise River from Lucky Peak dam to Eagle has seen a dramatic transformation. The river front properties shifted from industrial, to parks, university campus, commercial, dining and entertainment. Fly fishing in the heart of downtown Boise is common. Bikers, runners and walkers can travel more than 30 car free miles along the river banks. The Boise River was maturing into an amenity.

These were all great accomplishments that added to the experience of the Boise area, but there were still issues for the people that enjoy boating the river. Pour over damns and diversion features created dangerous currents that sometimes took lives. Trash still found its way into the river. Fortunately, some of the river enthusiasts in the community knew that the next phase of the Boise River included on the water recreation as well as the pathways that flank the shores. They took it on themselves to make it happen.

Our guest this week is Dr. Paul Collins. Paul was instrumental in the organizing and fund raising efforts that helped create the Boise River Park. The Boise River Park includes one of the premier inland surf waves in the world. Formed by an adjustable feature built into the river, the park is capable of producing a consistent standing wave in a variety of river flow rates. The river park is a place where people can surf their kayaks and boards far from the ocean while enjoying the most recent advancement in the evolution of the Boise River. In addition to recreational opportunities, the Boise River Park contributes to a culture that values clean water and healthy rivers. The activity at the park has also spawned vibrant economic development both near the park, and in the industries that serve the water sports.

Dr. Collins put his effort into the development of the park because of his interests in white water kayaking. If you had asked him 8 years ago if a river board surfing scene would become a part of Boise’s fabric thanks to the park, he would not have seen it coming. But as with many pioneers and change agents, Paul embraces the unknown. He now revels in the fact that a whole new group of citizens has found a way to enjoy the Boise River, and learn the value of Clean Water Cowabunga.

 

A busy day at the Boise River Park. Photo Credit – Jessica Murri, Boise Weekly.

 

Listen to our interview below to learn more about the amazing transformation of the Boise River.

 

 

Tune into the show weekly at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

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In response to the national election and the appointment of people who continuously call into question the validity of science around important topics such as HUMAN CAUSED climate change, a group of passionate volunteers are organizing the Idaho March for Science in Boise on April 22nd, 2017.

This group is engaging and activating people from across the political spectrum to stand up in defense of science and the role it plays in protecting and enhancing our quality of life for all communities. They care about protecting the free exchange of ideas as our society continues to try to solve our most pressing environmental, health, economic, and social problems. Tune in to my conversation with two of the volunteer leaders in this effort in defense of science: Dick Jordan and Kevin Shrumm.

Dick Jordan is a science teacher with 35 years of experience (fun) inspiring the next generation of scientists and environmentalists and Kevin Shrumm is an undergrad student at Boise State studying Geoscience and Education.

 

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Why do we feel better physically around water? What positive health effects does water have on humans? Tune in for our conversation with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols to learn about his #bluemind research.

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