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Project Goals/Messaging

Goals of the Waterways Management Plan are to:

  • Outline a county-wide and city-wide vision for waterways management and identify waterway-specific goals and desired future condition to provide a framework for future decision making.
  • Provide a variety of recreational experiences consisting of a system of lakes, reservoirs, and rivers with a focus on Payette Lake, Lake Cascade, Warm Lake, and river reaches above Lake Cascade.
  • Balance environmental sustainability with the recreational experience by developing keystone indicators based on best available scientific data and existing research.
  • Consider trends in recreation, visitation, population growth, and land use and management.
  • Create an adaptable management structure to address continued visitation and changing water quality with monitoring and indicators for the implementation of data-driven best management practices and regulations to maintain the desired future conditions of each waterway.
  • Identify priorities for short-term action and long-term goals.
  • Create a grassroots-based plan centered on our community, stakeholders, committees, agencies, and leadership.

Other benefits:

The Waterways Management Plan will:

  • Create the management framework for recommendations and guidelines to preserve our quality of recreation as well as water quality.
  • Provide a classification of waterways to form the basis of management guidelines.
  • Provide a community-level document that can incorporate future research and monitoring from agencies and academia.
  • Provide education on existing regulations already in place.
  • Highlight best practices from other major recreation waterbodies across the nation within Idaho’s legal framework.
  • Translate existing research into everyday language our community can understand.
  • Be guided by a Steering Committee of elected leaders, Technical Advisory Committee of land and resource managers, stakeholders, and the community.
  • Identify data gaps for future research.
  • Outline recommendations in partnership with other agencies (USFS, IDL, State Parks, BOR, etc) for future management and policies considerations.
  • Provide guidelines oriented towards the health and safety of recreational users.
  • Provides recommendations for operations including enforcement.
  • Provides general outline for capital improvement needed to enhance the recreational experience on the waterways.
  • Identify funding sources for continued sustainable management by waterway.

What the Plan is not?

  • Does not provide for any original environmental data collection on scientific measures (e.g. erosion, water pollutants, etc) as this is being collected by other agencies.
  • Does not result in immediate restrictions or regulations.
  • Is not lead by individuals or single special interest groups but community conversations.
  • Does not include detailed design for recreation facilities as these will need further studies.
  • Agency partners will be key to the plan development, but any policy or rule changes will be needed to be adopted by them through separate processes.
  • Does not have a predetermined outcome.

Important Resources

Valley County Waterways Ordinance Link

Big Payette Land Management Plan

Lake Cascade Resource Management Plan

Payette River (North Fork) Subbasin TMDL


Have a resource to share? Email additional plans, studies, or reference documents to: Kristina Kachur, Logan Simpson, Consultant Program Manager, kkachur@logansimpson.com

For more information:

Reach out to the project management team:

Kristina Kachur, Logan Simpson, Consultant Program Manager, kkachur@logansimpson.com

Cynda Herrick, Valley County, Project Manager, cherrick@co.valley.id.us

Michelle Groenevelt, City of McCall, Project Manager, mgroenevelt@mccall.id.us