Tomorrow, September 12th at 11:00AM the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) will be holding a public hearing on the State Water Plan revisions in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Library. Comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through September 21st.
The State Water Plan is a guidance document for the use and management of Idaho’s water resources. This is only the sixth time the plan has been updated since it was first drafted in 1974.
While we do feel that the plan correctly recognizes the many beneficial uses of Idaho’s water and the need to protect and enhance those uses, including protecting fish, wildlife, water quality and recreational uses. The plan is overly reliant on the construction of dams to meet future water needs. The construction of new dams is expensive, damaging to the environment and provides no guarantee of additional water. More emphasis should instead be placed on the conservation and more efficient use of this limited resource.
Let your voice be heard- mail or email your comments before September 21st:
Idaho Water Resource Board
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0098
Fax: (208) 287-6700
To view the plan go to: www.idwr.idaho.gov/waterboard/WaterPlanning/Statewaterplanning/State_Planning.htm