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The End of Summer of Water Series with the City of Pocatello

Ending our Summer of Water series, Jessa talks with Hannah and Justin from the City of Pocatello to investigate what the City does to protect Idaho’s water resources, and how Pocatello locals can participate in that.

After a long, hot summer, September has stepped in with the hints of the Fall to come. To round off our summer of water conversations, Hannah Sanger, the Division Manager for Science and & Environment Department and Justin Armstrong, Water Department Superintendent from the City of Pocatello speak to us about local conservation efforts. They discuss the efforts they’ve made in collaboration with the Parks Department to reduce municipal use of water in Pocatello. Incredibly, Pocatello has reduced their water usage by 8% in the last 10 years, even though it is a continuously growing city. Finally, Hannah and Justin give specific advice for local Pocatelloans for how to use their water more efficiently, from replacing leaky faucets to planting more native or water-friendly plants, to xero-scaping all together.

Further resources! 

Portneuf Resource Council’s new website:

City of Pocatello website:

Pocatello Landscaping Resources:

Conserve Pocatello:

Waterwise Landscaping resource from City of Pocatello’s website:

Pictures of the Waterwise Garden at City Hall, a demonstration garden of what plants work best in our climate:

Pictures of the Waterwise Garden at Marshall Public Library, a demonstration garden of what plants work best in our climate:

Outback Landscape’s “10 Tips to Save Water.” They are also where we got the image for this episode:

Drought tolerant grasses handout, provided by the Marshall Public Library:

Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.