The Portneuf Resource Council is based in Bannock County.  PRC is working with state and local officials on campaigns to Put Water First, to promote a strong local food system, and to increase the use of clean and renewable energy sources.

Photo courtesy of Idaho State University Center for Ecological Research and Education

Put Water First

This means taking a systematic view of watershed security that combines water quality, quantity, human and ecosystem health.  PRC members are working with local officials to implement programs and policies that protect the Portneuf River watershed for the people, ecosystems, businesses and economies of Portneuf River valley.

The goal is to protect streams, aquifers, and wetland areas to ensure a clean and safe water supply.  We are bringing water protection to the forefront of local decision making to balance to economic and environmental concerns.  The model of putting water first in decision making grows from the realization that a clean and abundant water supply is the lifeblood of our community.  Without which, poorly-regulated and unaccountable industrial practices will threaten our water supply, human, and environmental health.  In fact, a healthy economy relies on clean abundant water.  Family farmers, municipalities, individual households, and businesses rely on clean water for personal consumption, growing healthy food, and a strong economy.

Have questions about protecting our drinking water?  Check out Bannock County’s groundwater protection page HERE.


Urban Agriculture

PRC is working to build homegrown prosperity by increasing access to affordable and healthy food and building strong local economies.  To achieve this, we are working with local officials to increase opportunities for residents of urban and suburban areas to produce their own food for sale and personal consumption.  We were successful getting an Urban Agriculture section added to the City of Pocatello comprehensive plan.  This allows the effective integration of community gardens, brownfields, and backyard gardens into city planning allowing residents to provide fresh produce to their families and the public.


Clean & Renewable Energy

At PRC we are working with local institutions and businesses to find local solutions to global problems.  The United States’ huge appetite for energy, our addiction to dirty fossil fuels, and an irresponsible national energy policy are a deadly combination for the global environment and the Rocky Mountain West.

Fortunately, there is a good solution to our nation’s energy crisis—developing the West’s vast supply of clean and renewable energy.  Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the fastest and most reliable way to increase energy supplies.  They also create more jobs than fossil fuel development, lower natural gas and electricity prices, and benefit the environment. Renewable resources are a common sense step away from our dependence on an unstable, unclean fossil fuel supply, and toward a new energy future.


2017 PRC officers:

  • Tim Norton, Chair
  • Linda Leeuwrik, Vice Chair
  • Linda Engle, Secretary
  • Liana Litzsinger, Treasurer

To find out more, contact Breland Draper, IORC Staff Director, at (208) 991-4451.