IDWR manages water in the State of Idaho through water allocation and distribution processes. Want to know how water is distributed in the 70 active water districts in Idaho? Read below for more answers!
Water rights authorize the use of public water by private individuals and organizations. Water right are real property rights much like property rights in land. Get answers to frequently asked questions and search for records.
An adjudication is a court action for the determination of existing water rights which results in a decree that confirms and defines each water right. The purpose is to catalog and confirm through the court all water rights and to which property those water rights belong.
Water districts are government entities with authority to raise assessments for the purpose of making local improvements or to assist state agencies in performing certain statutory functions related to water distribution within the districts.
Ground Water Districts can perform the measurement and reporting functions required by law and levy assessments like Water Measurement Districts. Additionally, Ground Water Districts may represent their members in various water use issues and related legal matters, develop and operate mitigation and recharge plans, as well as perform other duties.
The IDWR Director is granted authority for designating areas for regulating ground water withdrawals from aquifers subject to insufficient supplies based on ground water level trends. A Ground Water Management Area is all or part of a ground water basin that may be approaching the conditions of a Critical Ground Water Area.
Ground Water Management Districts are created "to provide for financing of repair or abandonment of wells in aquifers which have experienced or are experiencing declines in water level or water pressures because of flow, leakage, and waste from improper construction, maintenance, and operation of wells drilled into the aquifer."
A Critical Ground Water Area is all or part of a ground water basin that does not have sufficient ground water to provide a reasonably-safe supply for irrigation or other uses at the current or projected rates of withdrawal.