Who We Are
The Lower Boise Watershed Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to addressing water quality issues within the lower Boise watershed. The strategic plan for the Lower Boise Watershed Council is based on our mission to foster and support the protection and enhancement of water quality for the Lower Boise watershed, with the vision of supporting all appropriate uses in the Lower Boise River. Voting Council membership is limited to a board, but all are welcome to Council meetings.
The Council serves as the state-designated watershed advisory group for the lower Boise. As such, the Council has certain legal responsibilities to advise Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the attainability and status of beneficial uses for the river, develop and implement total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for pollutants, work with the larger basin advisory group to coordinate plans, and collaborate with DEQ to provide public outreach. Beyond these basic responsibilities, the Council has a strong desire to become a water quality resource for the entire watershed.
The Lower Boise Watershed Council adopted this new name in 2006. Since its inception in 1992 and incorporation in 1994, our group was known as the Lower Boise River Water Quality Plan (LBRWQP). The new name reflects the Council's expanding role in the watershed. As land use in the watershed changes from rural to urban, the Council is committed to bringing all publics to the table to determine how to preserve water quality in tributaries, side channels, and the main stem lower Boise river while supporting human use.