A combined $870,000 in flood-management grants were approved July 26 at the Idaho Water Resource Board meeting in Rexburg.
The 2019 Legislature provided $800,000. A $70,000 carryover from last year enabled the board to fund the 10 highest-ranked projects, IWRB said in a news release. Applications could not exceed $200,000, and the board could fund up to half of project costs.
The recipients were:
- Idaho Soil & Water Conservation District, $159,436 for $330,524 project. Repair flood damage on Deer Creek Road caused by 2019 spring flooding. Replace and reposition four culverts to re-establish anadromous fish passage.
- Board of Controls Irrigation, $59,050 for $136,457 project in Blaine County. Alleviate flood damage, risk on 500 feet of stream bank upstream of Diversion 45 headgate structure.
- Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District, $72,727 for $160,896 project. Replace undersized Gold Creek culvert, improve heavily traveled road to reduce flood-damage risk, protect water quality and fisheries, prevent sediment flow into Dworshak Reservoir outside Orofino. District also received $190,492 for $392,524 project to replace undersized, failing culverts in Canal and Shanghai creeks watersheds, and reduce flood-damage risk to road and improve water quality.
- Flood Control District 10, $160,000 for $527,000 project. Develop two-dimensional hydraulic model of Boise River from Diversion Dam in east Boise to confluence with Snake River near Parma. Model to be used in evaluating natural and man-made alterations to Boise River channel, predicting and managing flood-risk determinations, other tasks. Multiple partners in two counties.
- City of Boise, $6,371 for $21,236 project on Crane Creek west of Esther Simplot Ponds.
- Blaine County, $50,000 for $432,434 for Big Wood Hospital Bridge project. Addresses Big Wood River channel realignment to prevent damage to State Highway 75 and Wood River Trail bridges, St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. The county also received $100,000 for $263,498 project to restore Broadford Road fishing access damaged by 2017 river flooding.
- City of Hailey, $50,000 for $104,134 project to build drainage ditch extension on east side of War Eagle Drive in Della View subdivision.