Monday, August 17, 2009
Water Call Shuts Down Wells
Twin Falls--The Idaho Department of Water Resources shut-down wells in a four county area this week after a water call earlier this year by Clear Springs Foods. The water call could dry-up more than 41-hundred acres in the Magic Valley area.
The call is an attempt to increase water flows legally owned by Clear Springs Food and their aqua-culture operation in the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls.
Ground water users went to District Court in Twin Falls to stop the order but were unsuccessful. The judge ruled that a stay would hurt Clear Springs operation. IDWR has found that groundwater pumping has contributed to reduced aquifer levels and diminished spring flows that are critical to the trout farms in the Canyon.
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