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Department

Environmental Studies

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences

Abstract

The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) currently evaluates construction alternatives for the Arrowrock Dam’s future. The process presents a uniquely complex situation as policy, public, and private interests converge. The fear of flooding and availability of irrigation water have deeply influenced the economics through which federal agencies justified building dams in the early 20th century. However, the current political, economic, and environmental stakeholders grapple to fulfill their interests. Furthermore, major policies such as the National Environmental Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, and state protections on the upper tributaries of the Boise River convolute the final decision set for 2017.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Todd Shallot