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Barber Dam turns off Boise River

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Boiseans near the Boise River noticed something a little different one February morning earlier this year, when the river reduced to a mere trickle in the river bed. It dropped from the usual 240 cubic feet per second, to almost zero. Turns out, Barber Dam was knocked offline overnight, literally turning off water to the Boise River. Environmental groups, river-lovers and Boise citizens expressed outrage, many demanding that the dam operators fund a river restoration project in retribution. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game couldn't give an exact tally of the total fish loss, partially because dam operators doubled the river flow once they realized the error. Whoops.

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