An evening down the Salmon River with Cort Conley.
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

An evening down the Salmon River with Cort Conley.

Cort Conley, a western river guide for 30+ years, will present a historical overview of boating on the Salmon River and talk about some of the people who lived along its shores between Riggins and Painter Mine.

Conley has authored several books on Idaho history and Idaho rivers. He is widely considered an expert on the Salmon River. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Drinks will be available for purchase at that time. The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm. 

This is a part of our on-going 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act celebration with our series partners, the River Management Society and BLM. Suggested donations during the event to support the future of Idaho's Wild and Scenic rivers, salmon, and clean, free-flowing waters. 

Seating is limited, please RSVP to, Ava Isaacson ava@idahorivers.org.

Here is link for all Wild and Scenic events, across the country. https://umontana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=f85c819b95f14ae1a44400e46ee9578c

 

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Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day river clean-up and celebration
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day river clean-up and celebration

While we think every day ought to be Earth Day, we're thankful that we can get everyone together to do our part for our planet. Even more so, we are excited to participate in World Fish Migration Day, a day to celebrate open rivers and migrating fish. Salmon and Earth Day, what more could we ask for? Join us for a fun river clean-up with our friends, Chums, Proof Eyewear and the Idaho Sierra Club. 

Meet us on April 21 10 am at Barber Park, close to the bridge, for the day's details. We will then proceed down-river to the Baybrook Court Bridge. There is an after-party in the mix so please stay tuned for more information

Please bring appropriate footwear, clothing, gloves and any other trash-duty tools you may need. We will have latex gloves and bags. 

Email Ava if you have any questions: ava@idahorivers.org 

For more information about World Fish Migration Day, please visit: https://www.worldfishmigrationday.com/

 

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Idaho River Talks: Stories from the South Fork of the Salmon River
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Idaho River Talks: Stories from the South Fork of the Salmon River

The South Fork of the Salmon River is a river revered for its challenging whitewater and remote experiences. With the threat of new water quality compromises from a massive mine proposed on the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork, people are coming together to share what this river means to them. 

Join us for a night of good food, strong brews and passioned tales from those who have braved the South Fork and are want to see it saved for future generations of elite boaters, rugged hunters and strong hikers. 

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A night of celebration and appreciation for the South Fork of the Salmon River
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

A night of celebration and appreciation for the South Fork of the Salmon River

Join Idaho Rivers United, your friends and neighbors for the night dedicated to the South Fork of the Salmon River. Come down for great beer, camaraderie, science, and stories all about the South Fork. 

The South Fork of the Salmon River is a hidden gem, deep in the Salmon River Mountains east of McCall and Cascade, Idaho. This river is loved and held dear to the hearts of those who know it. For generations, people have been drawn to the remote and wild country and pristine waters of the South Fork of the Salmon River. 

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Panel discussion: 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act- The Rich Legacy of Free-Flowing Rivers in Idaho
Apr
9
5:30 PM17:30

Panel discussion: 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act- The Rich Legacy of Free-Flowing Rivers in Idaho

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 this year, and IRU is participating in a Wild and Scenic rivers panel discussion at the University of Idaho with the U of I Environmental Law Society, Friends of the Clearwater, Advocates for the West, Idaho River Adventures and the U.S. Forest Service. 

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Kegs for a Kause at Payette Brewing
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Kegs for a Kause at Payette Brewing

Celebrate Earth Month with IRU and Payette Brewing  

Simply put: Great Beer begins with Clean Water!

Together we can keep Idaho's water clean and pristine, and its taprooms full of great beer!  Join us at Payette Brewing and support IRU with a pint!

On April 9, from 5 to 9 p.m., 50 percent of proceeds from beer sales will be donated to IRU.

IRU staff will be on-hand for lively conservation, and Payette will host and serve beer.

 

 

 

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Idaho River Talks: chinook salmon, arsenic and the South Fork of the Salmon River
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Idaho River Talks: chinook salmon, arsenic and the South Fork of the Salmon River

In this month's Idaho River Talks lecture Caleb Zurstadt of the U.S. Forest Service and Austin Baldwin from the U.S. Geological Survey will present about their research as it pertains to the South Fork of the Salmon River. 

The South Fork of the Salmon's headwaters are high in the Salmon River Mountains east of Cascade, Idaho, at almost 8,000 feet. The river travels for approximately 86 miles to where it meets the main stem of the Salmon River just south of Mackay Bar. Legacy impacts from mining, road construction and logging are on the mend in this river basin. 

Zurstadt is a fisheries biologist for the Payette National Forest and is an expert about on the South Fork Salmon. He will discuss his research of legacy impacts on the river and what that means for endangered chinook and threatened bull trout. Austin Baldwin, a hydrologist, knows the water quality profile of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River intimately. Baldwin will highlight factors that stress the the East Fork and impact aquatic life locally and downstream. 

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Idaho River Talks: Boise River history and navigability
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Idaho River Talks: Boise River history and navigability

Join two Boise River experts who will light up February's Idaho River Talks with Boise River facts and fables. 

Former IRU board member and retired Idaho Fish and Game Biologist John Heimer is a regional expert on issues related to the Boise River. Tom Chelstrom, a Boise River Water Trails expert will also present.

Heimer will guide his audience through the history and accomplishments of the Boise River, and Chelstrom will navigate them down the river he knows like the back of his hand.

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World's largest open-pit mine: coming to a mountain near you?
Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

World's largest open-pit mine: coming to a mountain near you?

The American CuMo Mining Corp. recently announced it will continue moving forward on proposals to build an open-pit molybdenum mine at the headwaters of the Boise River in the Boise National Forest.

Listed as the "world's largest open-pit accessible" molybdenum mine, it threatens the Boise River watershed, drinking water for our communities, irrigation for local farms and recreation for our families.

Please join us for a short slideshow and lecture as we talk about the history of this proposal, our past success in appealing the process and what we all need to do as a community to protect our Boise River watershed.

Presented by Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, Golden Eagle Audubon and Idaho Chapter of Sierra Club.

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Saving Salmon: Idaho Rivers Talks with reporter and author, Rocky Barker
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Saving Salmon: Idaho Rivers Talks with reporter and author, Rocky Barker

Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker has been researching and writing about environmental issues in Idaho for more than two decades. In 2017 Barker invested more than six months of time and energy to report about Idaho's endangered salmon and the social, economic and cultural implications of their decline. His package of investigative articles and videos, Saving Salmon, goes beyond normal day-to-day reporting and reveals the scope of this pressing environmental issue.

At this not-to-be-missed Idaho River Talk, Barker will discuss what he learned and what he views as challenges and opportunities for Idahoans and Idaho's salmon, and show videos he and his team produced for the series. 

Barker is author of "Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America" and "Saving All the Parts, Reconciling Economics and the Endangered Species Act:" His record of solid reporting and storytelling has made him a household name throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is a 36-year veteran of the newsroom and has been recognized with accolades from numerous professional journalism organizations. 

Please join us for this informative evening, a unique opportunity to hear from one of the Northwest's most respected journalists about the region's most pressing and ongoing environmental battle.

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Idaho River Talks: Dollars and Sense(less) of the Lower Snake River Dams
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Idaho River Talks: Dollars and Sense(less) of the Lower Snake River Dams

  • College of Idaho Boone Building Lecture Hall 103 (map)
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Restoring the lower Snake River is about biology, ecology and culture. Perhaps more than anything else, however, it's about economics. Boise-based economist Anthony Jones has conducted multiple studies showing the lower Snake River dams don't even pay their own way. Join us for this incredible opportunity to hear one of the region's most respected economists dig into the dollars and sense of the lower Snake River dams.

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23rd annual Auction for the Rivers
Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

23rd annual Auction for the Rivers

Oct. 22nd 4-9pm @ Barber Park

Together we can protect our rivers and native species in Idaho.

This year we are excited to partner with Aveda and Hank Patterson for a VIP Experience from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy complimentary drinks, relax and be pampered by our Aveda business partners, then join Hank outside on the patio for a private casting demo that will have you rolling in your waders. 

Early bird tickets are on sale now through September 15. Click here to purchase tickets

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A Wild and Scenic River Evening With Tim Palmer
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

A Wild and Scenic River Evening With Tim Palmer

Join us for an evening with author and photographer Tim Palmer for a presentation on America's Wild and Scenic Rivers. Palmer is author of dozens of books, but among his most noteworthy is "Wild and Scenic Rivers of America," originally published in 1993. Palmer has re-written sections of the book and republished the work for the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. 

The event will be at Idaho River Sports. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

More from the publisher about the book, re titled "Wild and Scenic Rivers: an American Legacy":

The rivers of America flow from mountains, forests, and grasslands with astonishing beauty, essential to all life. Many of the best of these streams have been safeguarded under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968—America's premier program for the protection of our finest natural waterways.
 
Wild and Scenic Rivers celebrates this creative conservation initiative with 160 stunning photographs and a lively history involving citizen activists, scientists, dedicated public officials, and enlightened political leaders. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer illuminates the values of this irreplaceable system of free-flowing streams, probes its problems, and addresses its future.
 
With a depth of experience dating almost to the inception of the wild and scenic rivers program, Palmer has captured the splendor and essence of our most extraordinary rivers with his camera, and he has told their remarkable story as no one else could do.

Idaho River Sports
Located on Quinn's Pond
& Esther Simplot Park
Boise, Idaho 83702

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Idaho River Talks
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Idaho River Talks


An honored tradition of Idaho River Lecture Series will take place at the Garden City Library on Tuesday, September 26. Please come to learn the history of Idaho River United, hear about the successes we have had for almost 30 years, and what we are currently up to. 

Presented by Ava Isaacson, IRU's Conservation Associate. 

Bring your friends and family to ask questions and gain an understanding of how IRU conducts successful river conservation and preservation. 

 

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2017 Sawtooth Salmon Festival
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

2017 Sawtooth Salmon Festival

The Sawtooth Salmon Festival is annual tradition in the Sawtooth Valley of stunning central Idaho. Join us for biologist-led tours of wild salmon spawning in the rivers of their birth. Enjoy live music and a wild salmon dinner. We'll also have vendor booths, educational presentations and more. Buy dinner tickets here.

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North Fork Championship
Jun
16
to Jun 17

North Fork Championship

Some 25 years ago boaters succeeded at protecting the North Fork of the Payette from a series of hydropower development proposals. The widely revered river is a testament today to what river conservation can accomplish.

The North Fork will take center stage June 15-17 for the North Fork Championship, where the worlds best kayakers will compete in some of the toughest whitewater in America. IRU is helping support the event as this year's recycling sponsor.

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Sign-making happy hour for People's Climate March
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Sign-making happy hour for People's Climate March

In preparation for the People’s Climate March on April 29 in Boise and across the country, we are hosting a Sign Making Party! We will provide sign making materials, snacks and beverages as well as a healthy dose of camaraderie as we craft messages in opposition of the attacks on protections of our climate, health and communities.

Sign Making Happy Hour
April 28 at the IRU Headquarters 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Then please join us on April 29th at 10am at the Idaho Capitol to stand up for our rivers, our planet and the communities we love. Invite your friends! Let's march together! 

https://peoplesclimate.org/

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Idaho River Lecture Series: Living Water-Wise in the Treasure Valley
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Idaho River Lecture Series: Living Water-Wise in the Treasure Valley

SUEZ is Idaho's largest water utility and services the Treasure Valley with municipal water. SUEZ Communications and and Community Relations Manager Stephanie Raddatz will present about water use in the Treasure Valley where 30 percent of the water supply comes from the Boise River.

Come learn about water use and supply and how you can help by conserving water for future generations.

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Aveda Earth Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Aveda Earth Month

Aveda

10 Year of Protecting Clean Water

In honor of Earth Day, Aveda has set aside a whole month to love, celebrate and raise funds to protect the earth and its peoples.  Since 1999, thanks to the passion of the Aveda network and our guests, we’ve raised more than $50 million to help support organizations directly affect environmental change, more than $44 million has supported projects that protect clean water at home and around the world since 2007.

Envisioning a world of clean water, the Aveda network supports many types of clean water projects at home and around the world.  Idaho Rivers United is so very fortunate to be selected as an Aveda partner here in Idaho.

 

Please join us this April for Aveda Earth Month, a month when IRU partners with Aveda Salons to raise awareness about clean water.

Click here to check out Aveda Earth Month activities

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Mar
28
12:30 PM12:30

Idaho River Lecture Series: Ground dwelling spiders of our Boise River riparian area

Entomologist Ben SImko will introduce folks to basic spider biology and their cultural influences. He will also discuss the importance of spiders as predators in our diverse ecosystems. Finally, he will talk about the Boise River's riparian habitat as a case study of spider biodiversity right under our feet along the Boise River greenbelt.

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My Father's Idaho: Ketchum
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

My Father's Idaho: Ketchum

  • 415 Spruce Avenue Ketchum, ID 83340 United States (map)
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Idahoan Rifka Helton has worked to preserve thousands of photos that her father, "Red" Helton, took of the state in the 1950s and 60s when he was a professor at the University of Idaho. Rifka, a singer, set the photos to original songs and performs them in a piece she calls "My Father's Idaho."

This is a unique opportunity to see yesterday's Idaho come alive while appreciating the unique combination of wild rivers, pastoral living and abundant public lands that makes the Gem State one of the nation's most unsung states.

  • Click here to read about the project at Rifka Helton's website.
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Read me Treasue Valley
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Read me Treasue Valley

During part of the month of Feb. the library or IRU will be accepting submissions of art, photos, and writing expressing what the Boise River means to you. All entries will be included in a book compilation for river advocacy groups. Submissions due by Feb. 18.

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