Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Idaho Water News



Wet Weather helping Aquifer

Boise--Heavy rainfall, cool temperatures, above-average snowpack and ample reservoir storage has helped recharge efforts of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, according to the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

Water Resource Administrator Hal Anderson says heavy spring run-off has put the state within 20,000 acre-feet of its 10-year annual goal for aquifer recharge projects. That target was set as part of the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan, approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

“I’m happy to report that we’ve had a number of factors come together this year that allowed us the opportunity to implement some of the recharge activities targeted in the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan “We’re using water board funds that were previously appropriated for recharge activities to make some positive impact on the Easter Snake Aquifer” said Anderson.

The late and heavy melt-off in the mountains allowed the Idaho Water Resource Board to use its water rights to send more than 80,000 acre-feet of water toward recharging the aquifer. Anderson says that put the state within 20,000 acre-feet of its 10-year annual goal for aquifer recharge projects. That target was set as part of the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan, approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

Recharge in the Upper Snake River Basin, upstream from American Falls Reservoir started two weeks later than normal due to unseasonably cool weather.

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