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The public comment portion of the Portneuf River Vision Study is entering its final stages.
At the end of June, officials will close the polls and began the process of drafting the Portneuf River Vision Document. The master plan will outline a future for the Portneuf River based on public input. It will highlight projects that are preferred by the community and best match the goals of this study.
“I continue to be amazed by not only the quantity but also the quality and consistency of the responses,” said Hannah Sanger Science and Environment Division Manager. “Over the course of the study, we’ve seen a wide variety of ideas and input, but the broader themes of valuing water quality and ecosystem health, along with recreation and access, keep coming up again and again. We’re also fielding questions from residents on the feasibility of some projects, given water quality, flood management, land ownership and cost concerns.”
The latest round of comment comes after officials solicited feedback at several open houses, online, and city events. So far during this second public comment portion, over 400 residents have weighed in on the river. The study’s Working Group will next take all of this public input and create a list of high-priority short term and long term projects.
“It is exciting to finally be at the stage where we can take these ideas and create a single document that will hopefully chart a course for our interactions with the Portneuf for decades to come,” Sanger said.
Officials hope to have the Vision Document completed and presented back to the community and the Pocatello City Council for final input this fall.
The Portneuf River Vision Study is a collaboration between the City of Pocatello and the Army Corps. of Engineers.
For more information on the Portneuf River Vision Study or to comment, visit river.pocatello.us/comment.