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Water Seminar Held In Sun Valley

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By Joey Martin

Sun Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Monday morning, Idaho’s largest water user organization kicked off its annual summer water law and resource issues seminar in Sun Valley.

In this room, everyone from water users and water resource board members to even legislators and the governor's office.

The seminar is designed to discuss what the important issues are in the world of Idaho water.

"Whether it's the Clean Water Act and the reach of the federal government... or whether it's the management efforts here in Idaho to try to increase our aquifer flows to the river... we're talking about all of those issues over the next day and a half," explains Norm Semanko, Idaho Water Users Association.

Other issues being discussed include new policies on discharges to irrigation delivery facilities and drainage rights.

The speakers brought in have major insight on a state level and even on a national level.

"We ask the folks that come to these seminars to let us know who they'd like to hear from... what issues they'd like to hear about. And so some of those speakers may be from Washington, DC or Portland... but a lot of the experts are from right here in Idaho," Semanko says.

One of those in attendance at this week's seminar was Twin Falls Canal Company Manager Brian Olmstead.

"Myself as the manager of the canal company and then the board members, we have to keep up to date on what particularly in the legal fields... any laws that the legislatures might be passing, EPA endangered species, the Clean Water Act... changes to the Clean Water Act might have effect on what we as farmers have to return back to the rivers," Olmstead explains.

As the water continues to flow, so do the laws.

And with annual educational seminars like this, Idaho can continue to thrive in the battle over water rights.

The seminar will continue Tuesday up in Sun Valley.

If you weren't able to attend this year, all of the information and power points that were discussed will be uploaded to the Idaho Water Users Association’s website.


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