Meeting water challenges in Idaho through water banking
Idaho authorized water banking in 1979. Today, a statewide water bank functions as well as local rental pools. Stored water and natural flows are traded. The water bank and local rental pools are used to meet the needs of irrigators suffering from drought induced water shortages, to meet instream flow needs of endangered species, and to meet the needs of water users having junior priority surface or ground water rights. Both lessors and lessees have benefited from water rentals. This paper will focus mainly on recent experiences in the Upper Snake (the Snake River above Milner Dam near Burley, ...
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