Purpose & Objectives
IWUA is an organization of water users devoted to the conservation, protection and reasonable utilization of Idaho's water resources. To that end, IWUA supports the following principles and objectives.Compliance with State law by all users and claimants in the administration of water rights by supporting:
• Federal deference;
• Definition of aquifer recharge as a beneficial use.
A McCarran Act Adjudication of the Snake River Basin and other Idaho river basins including Winters Doctrine and Federal Reserved Rights to:
• Protect all valid existing uses as perfected property rights;
• Provide quantified data as to future water use and development of Idaho’s unappropriated waters;• Reasonably determine the quantity and use of reserved water rights; and
• Provide for federal payment through appropriation or otherwise of the cost of processing federal claims to water in the Snake River Basin Adjudication.
• The orderly and optimum development of Idaho’s remaining unappropriated water under reasonable cost-sharing principles and tax laws by private, state and federal entities, including but not limited to ground water recharge districts.
Reasonable operation of State and Federal safety of dams and security programs and orderly rehabilitation of projects.
Continued operation of the federal cost-shared Natural Resources Conservation Service snow survey.
Reasonable water quality, environmental and tax laws, policies, regulations, and programs including:
• That the Congress of the United States recognize the primacy of state water allocation and water quality in efforts to reauthorize the federal Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act;
• Federal noxious weed and pest control on the public domain;