Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Whitewater park would bring many benefits to valley

    The Idaho Mountain Express editorial about the planned whitewater park failed to mention facts that have been discussed and explained in detail at the public meetings leading to last Monday’s decision for the city to appropriate funding for the project to start.
    No, they are not building Roaring Springs at the gateway to the SNRA. Perhaps the project should be called, more appropriately, a river restoration project. The overall plan includes pond restoration, riparian zone restoration with native plants species, and building drop structures with native stone to create natural eddies. The plan also includes nature trails, public bathrooms, and parking, as well as making the area handicap-accessible. And access to the river and pond for all to enjoy.
    The project itself will return the river to a more natural state, restoring years of neglect from road construction and flooding due to loss of natural flood plain above and below the Hulen Meadows pond.  Outdoor recreation on a river in Idaho the whitewater state seems natural to me.  
Paul Jones

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