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Idaho Water Users Association


     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.

     A full slate of proposed 2017 resolutions will be considered during the convention.  Click the link to READ THE PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS.

     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.

     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. If you make a phone reservations, be sure to ask for the IWUA group rate to qualify for our special group pricing.     

       Note:  Select the "Registration Information" link for mail-in convention registration and by phone hotel registration information. 



The Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) is searching for a new Executive Director. A job description for the position is available HERE.  The starting salary is estimated at approximately $100,000 per year, depending upon the successful applicant’s qualifications, plus health insurance, retirement, and other benefits.

 Interested applicants are requested to send a cover letter and resume to the IWUA office by email to or regular mail to 1010 W. Jefferson St., Suite 101, Boise, Idaho 83702.  The deadline for materials to be received in the IWUA office is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017.  Questions may be directed by email to or by calling 208-344-6690.

Water in Idaho and the West Conference in Burley

        As part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit entitled “Water/Ways,” Burley Public Library will host a daylong conference exploring water in Idaho and the west on February 16th at the Superior Conference Center, 1051 Oakley Ave. in Burley.

       The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public, but the requires advance registration.  You can get more information and register on-line at You can also get more details by contacting the Burley Public Library at (208) 878-7708

        The conference will feature speakers, panels and presentations including Barbara Cosens, a water law attorney and University of Idaho College of Law professor who will present “Adapting Water Law to a Changing Climate: Through the Window of Drought.”

         Dr. Kevin Marsh, a Professor with Idaho State University was present “Slipping Through the Cracks: The Snake River, It’s Aquifer, and Idaho's Water Conflicts.”

         Lunch Speaker will be Dr. Cort Conley who will speak on “Songs of the Winds: 1200 Miles Down the Snake River.”

         Russ Tremayne, College of Southern Idaho history professor, will moderate a discussion with local water users about issues and concerns today. It will also feature Randy Bingham, former manager of the Burley Irrigation District; Randy Brown, of the Southwest Irrigation District; Brian Olmstead of the Twin Falls Canal Company; Mark Davidson of the Nature Conservancy; Barry Pater, Chair of the CSI Aquaculture Dept. and a representative of Idaho Power.

          Other topics will include the future of hydropower, recreation, and aquaculture.  Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

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.

     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:  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).


Mark Your Calendar

January 24-26, 2017 – IWUA Annual Convention – The Riverside Hotel – Boise

February 14-17, 2017 – IWUA Ditchrider Workshops – Idaho Falls, Rupert, Jerome, Meridian

February 23-24, 2017 – Family Farm Alliance Annual Meeting   – Las Vegas, Nevada

February 28 - March 2, 2017 – IWUA Applicator Recertification Workshops – Rupert, Jerome, Meridian

June 12-13, 2017 – IWUA Summer Water Law & Resource Issues Seminar – Sun Valley

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.
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