Idaho Power recently completed its second island floodplain project as part of its Snake River Stewardship Program, designed to improve habitat and water quality.
A new video on Idaho Power’s YouTube channel shows the Rippee Island project located between Walter’s Ferry and Marsing. The company has several similar projects planned for coming years. These in-stream projects, which include creation of floodplains and wetlands, are designed to reduce water temperatures, increase water velocity and channel depths. This reduces the surface area exposed to heating, decreases aquatic algae and plant production, and improves fish and wildlife habitat.
The health of the Snake River is important to Idaho Power. The company relies on its 17 hydroelectric projects on the Snake and its tributaries to provide reliable, clean energy at some of the lowest rates in the nation.
More information is available at idahopower.com/river.