IDAWRA BYO Lunch & Learn: Improving River Management Through a Geomorphic Perspective
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Presentation starts at 11:45pm)
Speaker: Dr. Andy Tranmer, Assistant Research Professor, University of Idaho Ecohydraulics Laboratory
Location: 2nd floor Conference Room, Banner Bank Building, 950 W Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83702
Abstract: The Boise River is the centerpiece of Idaho’s capital city and lifeblood for the agricultural, municipal, and recreational activities in the valley. It has the exposure and local technical expertise to make it into a national example of a working river at the urban-rural interface. Historically, the major challenges facing the river were proper irrigation deliveries, periodic flooding, and detrimental water quality from wastewater and agricultural inputs. As the valley transitions from a rural community to urban center, responsible and proactive management of the river and riparian areas requires coupled scientific research and well informed planning to limit environmental and societal risks, increase longevity of infrastructure investments, as well as support aquatic and riparian ecosystems. Recent findings from the Boise River are presented along with a conceptual geomorphic model to better understand how to account for changes occurring along the river.
Andy is a research professor at the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho Boise campus. He is passionate about rivers, the ecosystems that they support, and their significance in society. On a good day, he finds himself surveying a river by day and fly-fishing at sunset.