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Auger Falls ponds

Ponds of treated wastewater provide wildlife habitat — and a new destination for birders — in Auger Falls Heritage Park in Twin Falls in October 2015.

TWIN FALLS — City staff would like to construct some additional sediment removal ponds near the Auger Falls recreation area.

The Twin Falls City Council on Monday will consider a request to use city property to construct a series of ponds atop the canyon rim and near the Auger Falls recreation parking area. These ponds would add capacity to others that are used to collect and filter canal water. 

The city will plant native grasses around the ponds to help rehabilitate a wetland area. The ponds attract different kinds of wildlife to the area, city spokesman Joshua Palmer said.

Originally, the ponds were used to dispose of potato waste by Idaho Frozen Foods. They were abandoned by the company in the early 1980s.

Twin Falls is a member of the Southern Idaho Waster Quality Coalition — a partnership that works to identify, manage and increase water quality in the Mid-Snake River. The coalition has applied for federal grant money to construct the sediment reduction ponds. The property would remain in the city’s ownership and control if the project is approved by the Bureau of Reclamation. The Twin Falls Canal Co. would provide construction service for the ponds.

The City Council meets at 5 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 203 Main Ave. E. Also at the meeting, the Council will:

  • Receive a reimbursement from Jacobs Engineering Group in the amount of $207,001 from operational expenses at the wastewater treatment facility.
  • Confirm the appointments of Jay Reis, Scott Standley and Taylor Marecle to the Building Safety Department Advisory Committee.
  • Receive a presentation on the city of Twin Falls quarterly financials.

Editor's Note: This story was edited from an earlier version, which incorrectly stated the ponds would filter water from the city's wastewater treatment plant. The Times-News was provided with incorrect information.

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