Arrowrock Reservoir contends with spring runoff northeast of Boise on May 26, as seen from above courtesy of EcoFlight pilot Bruce Gordon.
Arrowrock Reservoir contends with spring runoff northeast of Boise on May 26, as seen from above courtesy of EcoFlight pilot Bruce Gordon. Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Arrowrock Reservoir contends with spring runoff northeast of Boise on May 26, as seen from above courtesy of EcoFlight pilot Bruce Gordon. Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Letters from the West

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The feds gambled with the Boise River, and so far, they’ve won

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."