Boise is the largest city in, and the capital of, Idaho. The Boise Metropolitan area consists of a population of over 750 thousand people. The air quality of the city and its surrounding county are not currently monitored by the EPA, though our research will capture this data by distributing air quality sensors which can be mounted on the downspout of a rain gutter on a single family home.

Boise has the second lowest canopy cover of the cities in our study, and the lowest impervious surface cover.

We engaged with the following organizations in the Boise Metro region to inform our research. These organizations were vital to assisting with data collection and on-the-ground implementation of our project. 

  • Treasure Valley Canopy Network (Link)
  • Ecosystem Sciences Foundation
  • Idaho Department of Lands
  • The Nature Conservancy in Idaho
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • The Keystone Concept
  • Cities of Boise, Nampa, Eagle, Meridian
  • Davey Resource Group
  • Idaho Smart Growth
  • Southwest Idaho RC&D
  • Boise’s North End Neighborhood Association

Special thank you to the Treasure Valley Canopy Network, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation, Idaho Department of Lands and Plan-It geo for the tree canopy data to support this project.

Boise Afternoon Temperatures
Ambient afternoon (3 PM) distribution temperatures (F)

Data captured on August 14, 2019

Boise Night Cooling
The difference between ambient evening (7 PM) and morning temperatures (6 AM)

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Click on one of the cities below to see an interactive map relating canopy, temperature, and air quality:

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