Ada County will hold public meeting Wednesday on Barber Dam power outage that drastically cut Boise River flows

A power outage at Barber Dam in February caused the Boise River to drop to very low flows.

Ada County commissioners are holding a meeting about the incident tonight – Wednesday, May 27 – from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse. The meeting will be in the public hearing room on the first floor.

County officials said in a release that the meeting will be informational – what caused the outage, and what will be done to prevent a future outage – and public input will be heard.

Boise Public Radio posted photos of the river online on Feb. 4, the day after the outage, and spoke with Bureau of Reclamation officials about the cause. Here’s a followup story they did on Enel Green Power, which leases Barber Dam from Ada County.

Some members of the public, including Liz Paul of Idaho Rivers United, have expressed concern about the outage’s ecological impact. Read Paul’s letter to the editor.

Representatives from Idaho Fish & Game and Fulcrum, LLC, as subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, Inc., will be in attendance at Wednesday’s meeeting.