Environment

Deep Dive: Even with recent rain, farmers, canal cos. & homeowners brace for short irrigation season during drought

It's hard to raise grass-fed lamb without a green pasture for the flock to graze on.  For roughly half the year, Janie Burns moves her...

Suez, Boise spar over water renewal plan with groundwater levels & contamination potential key issues

Ada County’s largest drinking water provider says it is skeptical of the City of Boise’s hopes for using recycled wastewater to recharge the region’s...

You asked: Where will Avimor get its water from?

Police, fire, and emergency medical services aren't the only essentials a developer needs to sort out when building a subdivision in the Boise foothills.  Avimor,...

Micron boosting Idaho Power solar energy project

A Boise-based tech giant is adding to Idaho's renewable energy arsenal. This week, Idaho Power and semi-conductor manufacturer Micron Technology announced the construction of...

You Asked: About Facebook Kuna’s power, water, tax incentives, employees, roads — and urban renewal

Facebook’s parent company Meta announced this week it’s bringing a new data center to town and with it came a slew of questions.  Two years...

Trident puts forth legislation aimed at revamping how Dept. of Lands considers land swaps after failed McCall proposal

A lobbyist for Trident Holdings pitched a piece of legislation that would make changes to how the Idaho Dept. of Lands would evaluate land...

Deep Dive: Legislation could end Treasure Valley emissions testing. Officials see pros, cons

If you dread heading to the emissions testing station to get your vehicle checked, you might be in luck by next summer.  A new bill...

Deep Dive: Inside Idaho Power’s goal to hit 100% renewable energy by 2045

The year 2045 seems like a long way off, but when your goal is trying to ditch 100% of carbon emissions it’s coming up...

Boise nixed plans to daylight creek in Julia Davis Park

Plans to let Cottonwood Creek see the light of day in downtown Boise have been scrapped.  Late last year, the City of Boise pulled the...

ICYMI 2021: Some Boise wells are drying up amid rapid development. What’s going on?

Originally published June 24, 2021. There’s only three feet of water left in the bottom of Sheryl Gaide Lundquist’s well.  A few months ago, Lundquist’s son...

Update: Illegally cut Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree gets its approval

Idaho's State Capitol Christmas Tree now has all its permits. Earlier this month, BoiseDev told readers how the large blue spruce was cut down illegally....

Idaho dairy and Shell to open natural gas facility

A natural gas facility could come to Wendell.  Shell Oil Products US will soon start construction of dairy manure to a renewable natural gas facility....

‘Look out for each other’: How close-knit NW Boise came together when fire approached

It didn’t take long for the Goose Fire to race across the ridges of the foothills to Old Hill Road. Residents of the semi-rural neighborhood...

City of Boise cancels water recycling contract with Farmer’s Union Ditch Company

Boise’s Public Works Department terminated a years-old contract with a canal company it once proposed to collaborate with on a water recycling project.  In August,...

‘Urging caution’: DEQ reports lab tests reveal cyanotoxins in Payette Lake

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is 'urging caution' after lab tests showed cyanotoxins in Payette Lake's North Beach lakebed. BoiseDev previously reported DEQ was...