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The Pocatello City Council has put its stamp of approval on the Portneuf River Vision Study.
At Thursday’s Council meeting, the council voted to approve a non-binding resolution to implement the “Vision Study’s goals and recommendations, as funding and other resources allow.” The resolution also directs Mayor Brian Blad “to establish a Portneuf River Vision Study Implementation Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee.”
“Our next steps are forming the advisory committee, creating an implementation plan, and picking projects to seek funding for,” said Hannah Sanger, Science and Environment Division Manager for the City of Pocatello. “Additionally, as a key part of improving the health of the river, the City will be requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review its 6,000 cubic feet per second flood capacity requirement, as well as its vegetation maintenance requirements.”
The Portneuf River Vision Study was a collaborative effort between the City of Pocatello and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as input from the community. The Portneuf River Vision Document (which outlines existing conditions on the river, potential projects, and the desired future for the waterway) was compiled after more than 1,000 surveys were completed by residents, 20 separate presentations to local groups, and 3 open houses.
“This is a living plan,” said Sanger. “As a community, it will be modified over time in response to evolving scientific understanding, as well as changes in community attitudes and preferences,”
Currently, the Vision Study is seeking historic photos and stories of the people interacting with river before the concrete channel was built in 1969.
“These photos and stories will be shared on the Vision Study website, enabling younger residents to better ‘see’ the Portneuf as it was enjoyed decades ago,” Sanger said.
For more information on the Portneuf River Vision Study, visit river.pocatello.us.