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Posted on: May 3, 2018

“The City of Pocatello and the Portneuf River” Report Released


An award-winning report on what the future may hold for the Portneuf River is available to the public.

Recently, students with Utah State University’s Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program completed their report, The City of Pocatello and the Portneuf River. The 179-page document builds on the 2016 Portneuf River Vision Study with more concepts that combine river restoration and community development.

“This report takes our community’s vision for the Portneuf and expands upon that with hundreds of additional drawings and concepts for revitalization efforts along the Portneuf,” said Hannah Sanger, Science and Environment Administrator. “It’s already allowing City staff and stakeholders to not only look at the Portneuf with fresh eyes, but also to do a better job tying together our varied economic development, community engagement and river restoration efforts.”  

The report comes after receiving feedback from the public at an open house in November and comments from a booth at the Portneuf Valley Farmer’s Market in September. The ideas were also displayed at City Hall. Last month, students who worked on the paper were awarded an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of outstanding academic achievement for this project.

The City is currently wrapping up a follow-up design effort with the students for Centennial/Rainey Park and Benton Street. In 2016, Pocatellans selected the project as a top priority. From there, the effort will move to fundraising, spearheaded by Valley Pride, for professional design services.

“All together, these concepts will provide a master plan and visuals that will help secure funding for the projects,” Sanger said.

The document was developed through a collaboration with the Utah State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Idaho State University faculty, local organizations, and City of Pocatello officials.

To view the report, visit

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