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Creating Positive Change in 2016

Community LLC is now one year old. In 2016,  I was privileged to work on a wide variety of projects and achieve tremendous positive results for my clients. Along the way, I sharpened my organizing skills, learned about many issues and made new friends. I created a Projects page on my website to highlight my work. Here’s a teaser. 
 
314 Kilowatts of Clean Energy 
I provided project management services for the Snake River Alliance’s Solarize the Valley program. The new program to increase rooftop solar installation in Ada and Canyon counties reached thousands of people and 49 rooftop solar installations were completed totaling 314 kilowatts of energy.  The program resulted in a nearly $1 million local clean energy investment. One of the funnest parts of the job was photographing the installed solar panels and the happy customers.

1,300 Stream Miles

Patterson Creek Photo by Ralph Maughan

I conducted extensive research on hundreds of rivers in Idaho’s Salmon Challis National Forest for American Rivers, and prepared the comprehensive report – Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Recommendations Salmon Challis National Forest. No field visits were included, so I now have a very long list of places I want to visit, like Patterson Creek in the Pahsimeroi River watershed.

I was excited to bring eight partners together for an ambitious urban water quality project for the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District, and disappointed when the project didn’t get funded.

It was a very busy year for the Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN), a collaborative group Irafting developed while I worked at Idaho Rivers United. I provided Pro Bono communications, outreach and organizing services to BREN – including arranging two float trips on the Boise River with my friend John Heimer pictured here.