Idaho Power Biologist: Snake River Water Quality Improving

The Snake River supports southern Idaho’s economy, from agriculture to industry to energy production. Human use has impacted the river for more than a century. Recent efforts to improve water quality in the Snake are starting to pay off, according to an Idaho Power biologist who will present his findings Wednesday at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s annual water quality workshop.

Resource Scientist Leader Jesse Naymik will report that statistically significant decreases in organic material and nutrients, such as phosphorous, may be linked to an increase in the amount of oxygen in water in the Hells Canyon Complex reservoirs.

Registration for the three-day workshop begins at noon Tuesday at Boise State University’s Jordan Ballroom. Naymik’s presentation is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Idaho Power biologist David Blew will discuss water-quality monitoring on the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

On Wednesday morning, Christy Meyer from The Freshwater Trust will present on the organization’s data collection and management tools for watershed restoration programs. The Freshwater Trust has been working closely with Idaho Power on the utility’s long-term program designed to improve water quality in the Middle Snake River.

Details about the workshop, and a complete agenda, are available on the Idaho DEQ website.

Brad Bowlin
Communications Specialist