AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips
Monday, August 29, 2016
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.
Garden City is leading the way in environmental responsibility by looking at storm water runoff unconventionally. Since July 2015, Garden City has disconnected all city owned MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) conveyance structures and no longer discharges storm water into local rivers. Garden City is the first in the country to take this approach to limit discharge of urban runoff into local waterways. The City replaced its outdated storm water drainage system that used to flow into the Boise River with two shallow storage/infiltration swales. Swales slow down and filter runoff which increases groundwater recharge and provides additional water for vegetation. This cost-effective, sustainable infrastructure is pleasant to look at, provides environmental benefits and meets the City’s regulatory requirements.
It’s a boy! On August 6, staff at the Idaho Falls Zoo welcomed a new addition to the zoo family with the birth of a Plains Zebra colt. He is doing well and is now on exhibit with his mom in the Africa area. At the end of July, the zoo also welcomed its first Chilean flamingo chick of the year, now in the Patagonia exhibit being cared for by both parents.
It started with a vision six years ago, and this summer it became a reality. Thanks to a partnership with the St. Clair Homeowners Association, City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department and neighborhood volunteers, children in the St. Clair subdivision are playing basketball, sliding down the spiral slide and playing tag with their friends in the open space that once was only a city storm retention pond.
The City of Moscow hosted the Inland Northwest Street Maintenance Coop, partnering with 47 participants from 24 different entities—including County Highway Districts, Municipalities of all sizes, Universities and the Idaho Transportation Department. The goal of the Coop is to increase collaboration and coordination with various agencies on chip seals, slurry seals, salt and rock purchasing, grind and mix procedures, and overlays.
Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library (MPL) is participating in the Libraries Transform campaign spearheaded by the American Library Association. The initiative aims to “increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals.” MPL staff are wearing badges adorned with the phrase “I’m and expert in” followed by the topic the staff member is particularly savvy in.
On August 29 representatives from US Bancorp presented Zoo Idaho with $5,000 to help fund outreach programs for all 1st and 2nd grade students in Pocatello-Chubbuck School District #25.
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