Thursday, May 13, 2010

Canals of Boise

The canals that criss-cross Boise and the valley are full, as water is being released from reservoirs upstream. This is how we can have green lawns and crops in our semi-arid desert.


  1. This is really beautiful. The canal and color palette of trees.

  2. Growing up in Nampa, we used to float down the Phyllis Canal. I'm too afraid of what might be in there now.

  3. Hey Jim - the water is moving very fast, so that would be a quick gondola ride. When we were kids in the area, we use to swim in the canals, too, "Idaho Birder." We were told not to :)

  4. I am looking for Susan canal in Boise, described by Wallace Stegner in Angle of repose. It is this one...?

    Greetings from Italy

    1. I don't believe it is, as that historical reference probably would be closer to town. There are probably more than 1,000 canals, laterals and diversions in the area. Names sometimes change and it's a complicated system to track. Plus, we have several "irrigation districts" that control systems around the valley - another layer of confusion.


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