Treasure Valley Comprehensive Aquifer Management Planning
At the November 2012 Idaho Water Resource Board (Board) meeting concerns were raised by some Board members regarding the proposed version of the Treasure Valley Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (TV CAMP). With these concerns in mind, the Board sent the plan to the Water Resource Planning Committee (a “sub-committee” of the Board) to determine how to proceed forward with the plan.
The Water Resource Planning Committee met on December 13th 2012 and recommended the Board hold the plan and not submit it to the Legislature in 2013. The Water Resource Planning Committee recommended that all comments received previously on the plan be reconsidered in a revision process during 2013 with the goal of taking a revised plan back to the Board for adoption later this year prior to taking it to the Legislature in 2014.
At the Idaho Water Resource Board meeting on January 3rd 2013 the Board accepted the Water Resource Planning Committee’s recommendation and directed staff to work with the Water Resource Planning Committee during 2013 to develop a revised plan that can be adopted by the Board and sent to the Legislature in 2014. This work will be done by the Water Resource Planning Committee in public meetings and you will receive notice of these meetings as they occur.
In March 2010, the IWRB appointed an Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from water providers, local governments, utilities, business interests and conservation groups. Between April 2010 and June 2011 the committee held regular meetings. The result of those meetings is the Proposed CAMP for the Treasure Valley. The Proposed Treasure Valley CAMP was accepted for public review by the IWRB at their meeting on May 18, 2012. After considering public comment and reviewing the Proposed Plan, the IWRB will consider adopting a final plan for submission to the 2013 Idaho Legislature.
During the public comment period from August 1st through September 30, 2012, two public hearings were held and written comments and exhibits were submitted. A summary of the public comments can be found here:
Testimony recorded at the hearings can be found here:
Copies of the written comments can be found here:
The Board is considering the comments and testimony and will make a final decision before the end of 2012. A Board committee assigned to make recommendation to the Board will be meeting in October and November. Notice of these meetings can be found on the Upcoming Meetings page.
Once adopted, the Proposed Treasure Valley CAMP will be submitted to the Idaho Legislature for approval.