Flood Control Districts provide control of rivers, streams, their tributaries, and related structures within the district boundaries in order to protect life and property from flooding. Funded by local taxes and with authority from Idaho Code § 42-3115, the flood control district board of directors accomplishes this goal through various projects, such as removing debris from waterways, repairing and stabilizing stream banks, and constructing and maintaining structural works. A flood control district also has the authority to declare a flooding emergency and help fight floods.
Idaho Code Title 42 Chapter 31 further describes the purpose, establishment, and authority of flood control districts.
A petition has been filed with IDWR proposing creation of the Teton Creek Flood Control District along Teton Creek from the Wyoming-Idaho border to downstream of the State Highway 33 bridge near Driggs, Idaho. Petitioners seek to establish the flood control district to provide funding for stream stabilization, restoration, and maintenance projects to protect human lives, homes, lands, roads, bridges, irrigation structures, and other private and public investments from floods or high water events on Teton Creek as well as restore and maintain the natural flood carrying, distribution, and dissipation capacity of Teton Creek.