WHAT IS THE PWP

The Portneuf Watershed Partnership (PWP) is a collaborative organization made up of local elected officials, tribal members, state and federal land management agencies, non-profit organizations and local industry. The PWP meets monthly to share activities, information, and resources that work toward obtaining the goal of improved water resources. The organization sponsors special projects that address the concerns of the stakeholders including on-the-ground projects, informational activities and public outreach. Annually, the organization receives funds from local stakeholders to monitor the Portneuf River’s health.

The Mission of the PWP is "To improve surface and ground water resources in the greater Portneuf watershed through partnership, outreach, research monitoring and restoration activities”

PWP Goals:

Outreach Goals:

  1. Increase community investment of Portneuf Watershed surface and ground water resources through community involvement in restoration, education and monitoring activities.
  2. Increase the involvement of residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in watershed protection, restoration, education, and monitoring activities.
  3. Increase K-12 teacher access to watershed education resources.
  4. Increase PWP involvement in education and outreach activities.

Restoration, Monitoring, and Research Goals:

  1. Identify and characterize pollutant sources and mechanisms (those with the potential to contaminate ground water and those that impair beneficial uses).
  2. Support and encourage construction of fate and transport groundwater model to assist in land use planning and assessing risk.
  3. Support best management practices, land use restrictions, and restoration activities that lead to improvements in water quality.

PWP History:

  • June 2001 – The TMDL Monitoring Project was funded by USEPA for technician and maintenance to the Portneuf Monitoring Coalition (PMC) in the amount of $25,000.  Four (4) continuous monitoring systems were established in the Lower Portneuf River (Batiste, Siphon, Edson Fichter and Hwy. 30).
  • May 2002 – USEPA awarded $125,000 through their Regional Geographic Initiative (RGI) to Three Rivers RC&D to support work in the Lower Portneuf River and on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  There were three (3) main projects supported by this grant:
    1. Portneuf River and American Falls Reservoir TMDL monitoring (Bannock Creek and Triplett     (Marsh Creek) monitoring sites ($42,250),
    2. Lower Portneuf Valley Nutrient/Bacteria Study ($57,500), and Alternative Crop Management on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation ($19,000 - green manure).
  • May 2003 – USEPA 319 Grant Awarded Idaho Fish and Game with sub contract to Three Rivers (PMC) for monitoring on the Portneuf River in the amount of $37,500 for the site at Jim Guthrie Sr.
  • July 2003 – Installed monitoring site on Marsh Creek – Robert Triplett
  • August 2003 – First tour of the RGI activities and projects (Edson Fichter, Guthrie’s, and Triplett’s monitoring sites and discussion on bacteria/nutrient study)
  • November 4, 2006 – Grant proposal developed and submitted to USEPA - Targeted Watershed Grant Program.  The proposal requested funds to implement on-the-ground projects and research and outreach within the Portneuf River Watershed.  The funds would have supported the continuous monitoring system and targets Marsh Creek, the largest tributary to the Portneuf River by evaluating best management practices within Marsh Creek.  The outreach component would utilize innovative internet-based interactions to disseminate activities and research within the watershed.  It was not funded.
  • April 1, 2005 – MOA signed with Idaho DEQ for operation and maintenance funds ($25,000) for three monitoring stations on the Portneuf River (Triplett, Topaz and Guthrie)
  • December 21, 2006 – MOU signed with the City of Pocatello for funding and technical assistance ($64,680) for the Portneuf River monitoring stations.
  • June 28, 2007 – MOA with Idaho DEQ extended one year and increased by $45,000 for operations and maintenance of the three monitoring sites on the Portneuf River (Triplett, Topaz, and Guthrie).
  • November 20, 2008 – MOU with the City of Pocatello extended for another year for financial and technical assistance ($50,945) for the Portneuf River monitoring stations.
  • November 21, 2008 – MOA with Idaho DEQ extended to June 30, 2009 for financial support in the amount of $20,000 for the operations and maintenance of the three monitoring sites on the Portneuf River.
  • November 21, 2008 – Additional funds provided the Portneuf Monitoring Program from JR Simplot in the amount of $15,000 for the operations and maintenance of the monitoring sites.
  • April 10, 2009 – MOA with the Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for operations and maintenance support to the Triplett (Marsh Creek) monitoring site in the amount of $45,000 for a three (3) year period.  These funds were a part of a larger NPS 319 grant award to the SWCD for conservation work within the Marsh Creek Watershed.
  • October 13, 2009 – MOA with Idaho DEQ was extended to June 30, 2010 for the three (3) monitoring sites on the Portneuf River in the amount of $13,500.  These funds originated with the JR Simplot Company.
  • July – December 2009 – PWP Environmental Education Sub-committee work with area teachers to develop meaningful and effective environmental education resources that schools could easily use in the field and in the classroom.
  • December 11, 2009 – Environmental Education grant proposal developed and submitted to USEPA for outreach to schools and citizen scientists.  Information gathered from area teachers was used in the application (see item above) for website development as well as materials/resources for classrooms.
  • September 30, 2011 – MOU with the City of Pocatello extended another year and funded at the $52,629 level for support of the Portneuf River monitoring stations.
  • March 29, 2011 – MOA with Idaho DEQ was extended to September 30, 2011 with the dollar amount of $8,500 added to the agreement.
  • October 6, 2011 – MOU with the City of Pocatello extended another year and funded at the $56,755 level for support of the Portneuf River monitoring stations.
  • March 12, 2012 – MOA with Idaho DEQ was extended to September 30, 2012 with the dollar amount of $8,500 added to the agreement.
  • September 6, 2012 – MOA with the City of Pocatello was extended for six (6) months (expires April 1, 2013) and funded at the $28,378 level for support of the Portneuf River monitoring stations.

Partners:

  • Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ)- Ground Water/Surface Water
  • Idaho State University (ISU)
    • Department of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Geosciences
    • Department of Engineering
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)
  • City of Pocatello
  • Bannock County Commission
  • Three Rivers RC&D
  • Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation Districts (PSWCD)
  • Idaho Natural Resource Conservation Service (Idaho NRCS)
  • Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission (Idaho SWC)
  • Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD)
  • Cascade Earth Sciences (CES)
  • Bannock County Landfill
  • Shoshone Bannock Tribes
  • City of Chubbuck
  • Valley Pride
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
  • Sagebrush Land Trust
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Portneuf Greenway Foundation