Idaho Farm Bureau Water Committee members hear Hal Anderson's report:Putnam photo
2009: Best Water Year of the Decade?Boise--Idaho Department of Water Resources administrator Hal Anderson told Idaho Farm Bureau Water Committee members meeting at the Holiday Inn today, that the winter of 2009 couldn't have gone better in terms of Idaho's precious water.
Anderson says Idaho is having one of its best water years of the decade with with good reservoir storage, above-average snowpack and a cool, wet spring that's sent torrents of spring run-off down the Snake River. He told committee members that the run-off has allowed the Idaho Water Resource Board to use its water rights to sink more than 80,000 acre-feet of water into the ground to recharge the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
“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 recharge started two months ago and will wrap up this fall after harvest with help from three irrigation districts and three canal companies. The late melting snow and run-off has put the state within 20,000 acre-feet of its new, 10-year annual goal for recharge projects aimed at helping the aquifer, said Anderson. The target comes from the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan, or CAMP approved by the Legislature this past session.