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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
FOR 80TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
Registration is now open for IWUA's 80th Annual General Meeting and Convention that will be held at the Hotel Riverside in Boise. The links below will enable people interested in attend the convention to both register and also make on-line hotel reservations. The cutoff date for pre-registration for the convention is January 13, 2017.
The convention will begin with committee meetings commencing at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 24th and a Meet & Greet Reception will be held that evening at 6:00 p.m. The full convention program will begin Wednesday morning and the convention will end with the Annual Legislative Banquet Thursday night. A complete meeting and convention schedule will be available shortly. However, here are some of the speakers and topics slated for the convention:
Bureau of Reclamation’s Regional Director Lorri Lee - IDWR Director Gary Spackman - NWRA Update - Water Supply Outlook - Office of Species Conservation Update - Recharge Update - Idaho’s NPDES Primacy Application - EPA’s New Pesticide General Permit - Implementing a GIS System to Track and Manage Accounts - Trout Unlimited: Projects For Both Fisheries & Farming - A&B Pipeline Project
Please note that the cutoff date for hotel rooms is January 7th. After that point in time you may or may not be able to get a room at the hotel. You can make reservations by phone or by using the provided interlink below. If you make a phone reservations, be sure to ask for the IWUA group rate to qualify for our special group pricing.
IWUA Executive Director and General Counsel Norm Semanko notes that with all the issues that face us, he believes this year’s convention will be extremely informative and enjoyable as well.
Note: Select the "Registration Information" link for mail-in convention registration and by phone hotel registration information . Selected the "O-Line Hotel Registration to make hotel registrations via a secure internet website.
Make Your Voice Known To The Federal Government
On Future Columbia River System Operations
Idaho wants continued operation and maintenance of irrigation storage and supply dams and reservoirs
"If you believe that our multiuse river system – including irrigation storage and supply – is vital to the preservation of our economy, our communities and our way of life, then our voices supporting our river system must be heard and and it is vitally important that now be the time to do it," said Norm Semanko, IWUA Executive Director and General Counsel.
The federal agencies in charge of the Columbia River System Operations are in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement that will “present a range of alternatives for long-term system operations and evaluate the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts on flood risk management, irrigation, power generation, navigation, fish and wildlife, cultural resources and recreation,” according to Federal officials.
A total of 16 scoping meetings and two webinars are being held around the Pacific Northwest looking at the operation of 14 federal hydropower projects in the Columbia Basin. Together the agencies are soliciting public input on the Columbia River System Operations impacts such as flood risk management, irrigation, power generation, navigation, fish and wildlife, cultural resources, recreation and socioeconomic interests.
Hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the public comment period began on September 30 and will close on January 17, 2017. The agencies will accept comments until January 17, 2017, after which they will analyze the comments and develop a reasonable range of alternatives for long-term system operations. The range of alternatives will be further analyzed in an Environment Impact Statement EIS draft that is expected to be completed by 2020 with a final due in 2020.
The public comment period is under way through January 17. You can submit your comments in writing via mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CRSOEIS, P.O. Box 2870, Portland, Oregon 97208-2870. You can also submit comments via email at: www.crso.info. Don’t delay because your comments must be submitted by January 17, Semanko cautioned.
The EIS process was a directive from the latest court ruling in the ongoing debate about how best to balance the benefits of the river system with the impacts to salmon and steelhead species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
"The Nez Perce Water Rights Agreement of 2004 shows that we can continue to pursue aggressive strategies to protect ESA listed species, while maintaining the multiuse river system that means so much to all of us. We hope you will join us in expressing this position in the EIS process. Act now because it is imperative that the federal agencies hear and weigh comment from the Water Users during the process," Semanko said.
IWUA is organized to promote, aid and assist the development, control, conservation, preservation and utilization of the water resources of the State of Idaho and to cooperate with similar organizations in other states. IWUA represents irrigation water users, municipalities, hydropower, aquaculture, agri-businesses and businesses interested in the perpetuation of wise water use in Idaho and our nation. The Idaho Water Users Association consists of approximately 300 irrigation districts and canal companies, agri-businesses, public water supply organizations, professional firms and individuals from around the state that manage water supplies for more than 2 million acres of irrigated Idaho farmland.