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Water Resource Board forming Treasure Valley aquifer planning group

The Idaho Water Resource Board seeks nominations for the Treasure Valley
Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (CAMP) Advisory Committee, which will assist in developing a plan for meeting water needs in the Treasure Valley of southwestern Idaho for the next 50 years, the state Department of Water Resources said in a release.

The advisory committee will develop strategies and options that incorporate the interests of water users and the public, and will formulate a draft plan that will be submitted to the Idaho Water Resource Board, the department said. The board will consider the committee’s recommendations and submit a draft plan for public review and comment. After considering the public comment, the board will adopt a final plan and send it to the Idaho Legislature for consideration of final approval.

Any person, group or organization can submit a nomination for membership on the Treasure Valley Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan Advisory Committee, the Idaho Department of Water Resources said.

Stakeholder or interest groups also can join together to develop a list of nominees from their interest, such as local governments, irrigation water providers, conservation interests and utilities. The Idaho Water Resource Board also will determine key individuals or entities to include on the committee.

Submissions are due Jan. 29 to Helen Harrington, Water Planning Section manager, Idaho Department of Water Resources, 322 E. Front St., Boise, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0098 (208-287-4848 by phone, 287-6700 by fax or helen.harrington@idwr.idaho.gov by e-mail); or the Treasure Valley CAMP Facilitation Team, Joseph McMahon, Collaborative Processes, 617 Steele St., Denver, Colo. 80206 (480-393-4745 by fax or jpmcmahon@jpmmcmahon.com by e-mail).

A comprehensive aquifer management plan for the eastern Snake River plain of eastern and south central Idaho is in operation already, following the efforts of a committee of various stakeholders.


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