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IWUA Early Convention Registration Closed
Early Registration is now closed for the 81st Annual Convention and general meeting of Idaho’s largest water user group set for January 22-25, 2018. Registration can be done by mail or at the door but will be at a higher cost
Ditchrider, Applicator Workshops Coming Up Soon
The Association has scheduled its annual series of ditchrider and applicator workshops for mid-February through the first of March. The specific schedule is listed below. Please note that Program Manager Karen Edwards needs to know advance how many will be attending from each irrigation entity.
For more information and important instructions for the workshops please click on: Workshop Information.
February 14, 2018 -- IWUA Ditchrider Workshop – Shilo Inn – Idaho Falls
February 15 -- IWUA Ditchrider Workshop – Rupert Elks – Rupert
February 15 -- IWUA Ditchrider Workshop – Sawtooth Inn – Jerome
February 16 -- IWUA Ditchrider Workshop – Courtyard by Marriott – Meridian
February 27 -- IWUA Applicator Recertification Workshop – Rupert Elks – Rupert
February 28 -- IWUA Applicator Recertification Workshop – Sawtooth Inn – Jerome
March 1 -- IWUA Applicator Recertification Workshop – Courtyard by Marriott - Meridian
IWUA Executive Director Testifies Before
Congress on Title Transfer Issues
Paul Arrington, Executive Director and General Counsel of the state’s largest water user group, will testify tomorrow (Jan. 17, 2018) before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) title transfer process, the Idaho Water Users Association announced today.
Arrington will testify before the Subcommittee starting at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time. His comments are also available by clicking on Title Transfer Testimony.
Title transfers allow Reclamation to convey ownership -- or title -- to water projects, canals, laterals and other related infrastructure and facilities from government ownership to the organizations that operate and maintain those facilities. Although the benefits of title transfer process are clear, it can be improved. “Unfortunately Reclamation’s title transfer process is an onerous, enormously time consuming and highly expensive process for Idaho water users, due primarily to environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. That has been a huge deterrent for many Idaho water users,” Arrington said.
In his testimony Arrington will present the Subcommittee members with three specific suggestions on how to improve things:
1. Not every title transfer should require full NEPA analysis. Some simple title transfers, particularly single use projects and those projects that will continue operating in the same historical manner should not be subject to the same rigorous NEPA analysis required for complex title transfers.
2. Not every title transfer should require an act of Congress. Reclamation should have the authority to complete simple title transfers “in house”. This would further allow for quicker, less expensive processing.
3. Access to project power should not be eliminated because of title transfer. Farming and ranching operations throughout Idaho rely on project power to maintain their economic viability. The loss of project power would significantly increase the cost of delivering water.
“I am excited and grateful to have the chance to represent Idaho on this important issue. It is a unique chance for our voice to be heard by the people who have the power to make important changes that can make the improvements so badly needed here at home. I am pleased that the Senate is looking for ways to resolve these issues,” Arrington explained.
IWUA is organized to promote, aid and assist the development, control, conservation, preservation and utilization of the water resources of the State of Idaho and to cooperate with similar organizations in other states. IWUA represents irrigation water users, municipalities, hydropower, aquaculture, agri-businesses and businesses interested in the perpetuation of wise water use in Idaho and our nation. The Idaho Water Users Association consists of approximately 300 irrigation districts and canal companies, agri-businesses, public water supply organizations, professional firms and individuals from around the state that manage water supplies for more than 2 million acres of irrigated Idaho farmland.