Idaho Lawmakers Figuring Out Water Plan


By Andrew Reed

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Idaho lawmakers are working out a state water plan that has been created over the last five years by officials at the Idaho department of water resources.

However, what does this plan mean to Idahoan’s

The Idaho water plan is used to support funding for water projects such as new reservoirs, flood control, fish screens and improved water monitoring devices. The plan hasn’t been updated for almost 20-year, Representative Donna Pence believes now is the time to do it.

“I think the initial thing we need to be looking at is making our aquifer stainable, so we can keep having our agriculture whether its surface or ground water. That’s what’s really important to our area, it’s the backdrop of our economy" said Rep. Pence.

Pence says, the plan impacts Southern Idaho, water that comes out of your faucet, is part of the aquifer.

“Cities are involved mainly because the aquifer is a source of drinking water. Individuals out in the country that’s where they get the drinking water. They’ve got a piece of skin in the game, a pretty hefty piece really.”

The changes to the plan include pressure demands on water in aquifers, reservoirs, and streams.

The natural resource committee needs to approve the water plan which is scheduled for next Thursday.

By law, the proposed changes to the plan must be approved by both the House and Senate by March 8, 2013.

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