Idaho Rivers United Inc

A nonprofit organization

291 donors

Your support today is a vote for Idaho’s clean water, abundant fish and wild and scenic rivers for our communities and for our future generations!

And thanks to an incredible donor, your dollar will go further. For our 26th anniversary year, IRU was given a matching grant of $26,000!

IRU is the only state-wide conservation group solely working to preserve, protect and restore Idaho’s rivers.  Idaho has the most miles of rivers, in the lower 48, to protect and with only 1% of those waters protected, we still have a lot of work to do!

Since 1990, Idaho Rivers United has worked to protect and restore Idaho’s rivers and native fisheries.  IRU is building a legacy for future generations; the opportunities to fish, boat and enjoy Idaho rivers that are clean, free-flowing and filled with fish and wildlife.   In 1994, we gathered allies and launched a nationwide campaign to stop the extinction of Idaho’s Salmon and Steelhead. We're not done with this work, but because of our efforts sockeye salmon are still swimming in Redfish Lake, and chinook and steelhead are slowly returning each year to our mountain rivers and streams.

Since our first victory in the early 1990s, when we helped stop a dam from being built on the Payette River, we've protected Idaho's rivers from construction of 20 unnecessary and potentially destructive new dams.  IRU has had many continues to reach into Idaho’s communities and efforts to protect and restore the health of rivers, watersheds and wildlife in Salmon, Sandpoint, Rexburg, Wood River, Twin Falls, Treasure Valley and all the areas in between and we will keep on working with our communities! 

Since March of this year we have actively been working on Wild and Scenic river protection in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National forest area.  The start of IRU’s River Guide and Outfitter education program is underway for the summer of 2016 and IRU is seeing great success and following with its educational lecture series program and has partnered with organizations to promote water wise conservation around the state.

And our work is not just the rivers themselves. It’s the communities the rivers run through - The fish - The people - The wildlife - The quality of life - The economy.  When Idaho’s rivers run cold, clear and full of fish, IRU’s work pays off. 

So let's work together to protect and restore Idaho's rivers and native fisheries. Keep in mind that your donation will be matched and make everyone’s dollars go farther!!! 

Thank you for your support it protecting Idaho’s beauty and natural resources.



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Idaho Rivers United Inc

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PO BOX 633
BOISE, ID 83701


(208) 343-7481