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Monday, April 4 –  Idaho DEQ Director John Tippets will speak at the Idaho Environmental Forum. As Idaho’s environmental regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental regulations and administers a number of federal environmental protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  The agency is also engaged in activities beyond regulatory enforcement including site cleanups, education and outreach, and monitoring. Director Tippets will discuss his approach to environmental regulations, his priorities for DEQ, and what he views as the biggest environmental issues and challenges facing Idaho. From 11:30 am – 1 pm, at The Owyhee, 1109 Main Street, in Boise, registration Deadline – Thursday noon, March 31, 2016. Information is available at Idahoenvironmentalforum.org.

Thursday, April 14 – Esther Simplot Park – Innovative Stormwater and Flood Protection, a presentation of the Annual Luncheon Meeting of the Idaho State Section of the American Water Resources Association. The presentation will be from 11:45 to 1 pm, followed by a walking visit to the site from 1:15 to 3 pm (limited to the first 20 who register). City Engineer John Tensen will present on details of the Esther Simplot Park, which is designed to reduce flood risk and manage stormwater, as well as provide valuable recreational opportunities.  Construction is expected to be completed by this summer.  At the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden, Boise. Information is available at state.awra.org/idaho.

Thursday, April 14  – Adventures in a Natural History Museum. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Department of History, Harvard University presents this latest in a series offered by Boise State University’s public lecture series the Idea of Nature. Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to study nature. Laurel Ulrich and her students went to a Natural History Museum to study Thoreau. There they not only discovered Thoreau’s pond turtle, but a fish that taught them to write, and a new vantage point on botany by considering a 116-year-old tortilla. These are only a few of the tangible things Professor Ulrich will explore in her lecture. There is more information at Idahoconservation.org.

Saturday, April 16 – Watershed Weekend – Weather and Climate in your Watershed – Dive into weather and climate science with NOAA National Weather Service representatives at the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center. Learn how weather is forecasted, then test your knowledge with a weather Jeopardy game. In the exhibit hall, visit with Boise State University hydrologists to learn about weather models and create a rain gauge. Create a mini tornado and participate in other weather experiments around the exhibit hall. The program runs from 10 am to 1 pm, with an 11:30 wastewater treatment plant tour (not recommended for children under the age of four). Closed-toe shoes are required for the tour. Registration is not. At the Boise WaterShed,11818 West Joplin Road
Boise, More information is available at bee.cityofboise.org.

Thursday, April 28 – The Boise River Enhancement Network presents: What’s New in Water Quality? Phosphorus Trading. Guest speaker Neil Crescenti of the Willamette Partnership will talk about what phosphorus trading is and what role can it play in reducing phosphorus pollution on the lower Boise River. The 2015 approval of the Boise River Total Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for phosphorus set the stage for adoption of a phosphorus trading program on the lower Boise River. Lots of details need to be worked out to protect the river and the parties that engage in trading. Neil Crescenti will explain the basics of pollution trading and provide a report on development of this approach for the lower Boise River.The Willamette Partnership is facilitating the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) that’s drafting the Trading Framework that will be released for public comment later this year. There’s more information at boiseriverenhancement.net.

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