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Watershed Watch

Watershed Watch is taking a new form! Since there are limitations on group meetings, we have decided to offer Watershed Watch as a virtual program. If you are a teacher, homeschool group leader, or interested community member, you can follow along with Watershed Watch here on our website. Videos and activities will be posted weekly in the fall. You will meet different community organizations that help protect and monitor our Boise River, learn about some of the things people test for in the Boise River to determine the health, view and analyze data collected on the river, and help us answer the question: is the Boise River healthy? We will match the activities and lessons that accompany this program with state science standards. 

Please email us if you have questions about the program. Please put Watershed Watch in the subject line.



Is the Boise River Healthy?

Explore the Boise River virtually through videos and worksheets below to assess the health of the Boise River. New content will be released weekly.

Week 1: How Does Water Management on the Boise River Affect Water Quality?

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)

Week 2: Temperature and Turbidity

  • Video (English)
  • Video (Spanish Subtitles)
  • Assignment (Assignments designed for 5th-8th grade students)
  • Use this river video if you can't get to the Boise River to answer challenge 3 questions.

Watch Week 3: Invasive Species 

Watch Week 4: Organisms in the River

Watch Week 5: Nutrients

2020 Sponsors

City of Boise

City of Meridian

City of Caldwell

Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

United States Geological Survey