Boise residents may be noticing differences in the Treasure Valley’s climate: hotter days in the summer, lower water levels in Lucky Peak Reservoir in the fall and winter recreation starting later in the season. Residents may also be more aware of increased frequency and severity of wildfires that have impacted our air quality. These changes in our local climate are consistent with trends occurring across the country and around the world.
To prepare for future changes and enhance our resiliency, the City of Boise initiated the Boise Climate Adaptation Assessment. Researchers from the University of Idaho, Boise State University and the Langdon Group, developed the assessment to provide the city with a understanding of local climate impacts. Details from the assessment allowed the City of Boise to begin planning for impacts to decrease our vulnerability to climate changes.