With the Murtaugh going off and the Bear River scheduled to run Eastern Idaho is giving kayakers a good start to Spring 2009. What looked like and was a dismal winter, was saved by a few big storms in March.
The Bruneau, Salmon, Clearwater are all above or near 100% snowpak. It looks like a good spring runoff for Idaho.
Read more: Snow Pack 2009
Points to consider.
Section 2. declares a state of emergency without any research or cause. Law by decree. In this case saying it makes it true. Nicely done. Another dose of soma please.
LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHOSixtieth Legislature First Regular Session 2009IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESHOUSE BILL NO. 213BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEEAN ACT RELATING TO VESSELS; AMENDING CHAPTER 70, TITLE 67, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 677008A, IDAHO CODE, T O PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL FEES FOR SPECIFIED VESSELS, T O PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN TICKERS, T O PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION AND DEPOSIT OF FEES IN THE INV SIVE SPECIES FUND, T O DEFINE A TERM AND T O PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY .
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:8 SECTION 1. That Chapter 70, Title 67, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended9 by the addition thereto of a NEW S E C T I O N , to be known and designated as Section 677008A,1011 Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
677008A. ADDITIONAL FEES – DEPOSIT INT O INV ASIVE SPECIES FUND. (1)12In addition to any other moneys or fees collected pursuant to the provisions of section 677008,Idaho Code, or any other provision of chapter 70, title 67, Idaho Code, all vessels shall pay anadditional fee each calendar year as follows:15(a) Motorized vessels:16(i) T en dollars ($10.00) per vessel registered in the state of Idaho prior to launch17into the public waters of the state;18(ii) T wenty dollars ($20.00) per vessel registered outside the state of Idaho prior19to launch into the public waters of the state.20(b) Nonmotorized vessels: Five dollars ($5.00) per vessel prior to launch into the public21waters of the state.22(c) Commercial outtters with nonmotorized fleets exceeding five (5) vessels shall be23af forded a prorated group rate of thirty dollars ($30.00) for six (6) to ten (10) vessels;24?fty?ve dollars ($55.00) for eleven (1 1) to twenty (20) vessels; and one hundred dollars25($100) for twentyone (21) or more vessels.26(2) Upon payment of the fee as provided in this section, the payor shall be issued a27protection against invasive species sticker that shall be displayed on the vessel in a manner as28prescribed by the rules of the department. Stickers shall be considered in full force and ef fect29through December 31 of the year of issue.30(3) Fees shall be collected by the department or authorized vendor . Fees collected31pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the invasive species fund established in32section 22191 1, Idaho Code. For the purpose of this section, "vessel" is defned in section33677003(22), Idaho Code. All vessels are subject to the provisions of this section, with the34exception of small rafts and other in?atable vessels less than ten (10) feet in length.35SECTION 2. An emergency existing therefor , which emer gency is hereby declared to36exist, this act shall be in full force and ef fect on and after its passage and approval.37Bills authors:
Senator Tim Corder Senator Curt McKenzieRepresentative Tom Trail Representative Rich Jarvis Representative Elaine Smith
Great News. After years of hard work the AWA, FERC, Pacificorp and a host of concerned river runners, the Bear River will have some sceduled recreational releases for 2009. The Bear consistently has water. But due to the Grace Dam, the best whitewater stretch is dry most of the year. Most of our lives. Map
Now all that is about to change. This summer has four planned recreational releases. And a bunch of others if the flows are high enough for everyone to make money. Win Win.
Pacificorp seems to be making the effort. They have improved river access, issued release dates, along with a host of potential release dates, updated the online gauges, kept in touch with the river running community. Whether it's carrot, stick or a picnic basket, Pacificorp is coming through with some recreational releases!
How about an 800 number for flow and release info?! Pacificorp at 1-800-547-1501 for flow information.
Other stick dodging or carrot loving enhancements include:
Read more: Bear River Releases 2009
The Cascade Whitewater Park is taking form on a variety of levels. Mick Riffie an active member of the evolving Friends of the Cascade Whitewater Park has outlined the following story regarding plans and ideas surrounding the park.
Concept: The features for the Cascade Park will be built in the existing river channel of the North Fork Payette where it flows past Cascade. There are highway bridges at the north and south ends of town and two and half miles of river in between. Adjacent to the old Boise Cascade Mill site there is a 1400 foot stretch of the channel that has about six feet of drop where the park will be built. Conceptual drawings were done by REP (Recreational Engineering and Planning - designers of the Reno park). REP provided a conceptual cost estimate of $462,560 for the construction of the whitewater park.
The 'artist renderings' show three drops and a short slalom channel. Bank improvements include boulder placement for bank armoring. Easement arrangements with involved land owners in the vicinity of the old Boise Cascade Mill Site are currently being pursued and it is anticipated that there will be a central parking -- park area adjacent to the whitewater features and a bike path along the two and half miles of river between the bridges. The river will remain a public waterway and free to the public -- just as it is now-- no access fees.
The funds raised so far have gone primarily to the conceptual planning stage of the project. At this point the river survey is the next step. This is required before the design and permitting stage can begin. Cost for surveying will run in the neighborhood of $6000-10,000. After that, the preliminary design and permitting process can begin, with a cost of approximately $25,000.
Read more: Cascade Whitewater Park
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says boat owners who have to register their vessels are being unfairly singled out to bear the state's boat-related costs, and he wants to discuss extending the burden to others, such as kayakers, canoeists, rafters and even windsurfers.
Otter's form response letter to letters sent by concerned non-motorized boaters states "[i]t is my position that all users of waterways should pay their fair share of the costs of maintaining and improving that resource. I have concerns with the inequity of registration requirements between motorized and non-motorized watercraft...will be meeting with industry representatives to discuss possible changes to Idaho's watercraft registration requirements."
This should be a major cause of concern for kayakers, canoeists and rafters alike - we all know our usuage of state facilities to be NONE.
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