Current Levy Projects

In 2015, Boise voters approved a $10 million levy to support the preservation of open space and the implementation of habitat and clean water improvement projects in areas such as the Boise foothills and the Boise River. 

This levy is a bit different from the 2010 levy approved by Boise voters in that it can be used for a wider variety of improvement projects, in addition to land purchases in the Boise Foothills and other critical open space areas.

The Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee is made up of nine citizen members who review project applications seeking levy funding and recommend them for approval to the mayor and Boise City Council. For more information on the committee and the application process, click here.

Projects recommended for approval by Boise Council to receive levy funds include:

COTTONWOOD CREEK DAYLIGHTING

This project was submitted by the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. It seeks to daylight about 440 feet of Cottonwood Creek near Julia Davis Park. The creek currently flows through a pipe underground.

This daylighting project will create more than 1/3 acre of riparian habitat and wetland habitat. The process will enhance fish habitat and improve the ecological function of this tributary of the Boise River.

The daylighting project is a cooperative effort with the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) and the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley. Levy funds will be used to match other grant dollars to complete the project.

Amount of levy funding approved for this project: $200,000

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Cottonwood Creek would enter the Boise River through a section of the park from the right bank, just downstream of this photo.

INTERMOUNTAIN BIRD OBSERVATORY

This project, which was submitted by the Boise State University Intermountain Bird Observatory, proposes improvements to 20 acres of riparian habitat located downstream of the Diversion Dam and between the Boise River and Warm Springs Boulevard.

Project managers plan to use levy funding to build bridges and construct pathways that would reduce erosion and sediment loading into the Boise River.

You can learn more about the Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) by clicking here.

A conceptual master plan for development of the area has been created.

Bird Observatory Project Slide

The plan includes restoring a natural side channel of the river to improve fish and wildlife habitat, developing an interpretive trail system, spanning wetlands with raised boardwalks to protect critical habitat, constructing wildlife viewing blinds, restoring upland habitats, and creating pollinator gardenson the properties.

IBO has launched a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million for the overall project.

Amount of Open Space and Clean Water levy funding approved for this project (with conditions): $440,270