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Idaho Water Users Association
IWUA LAUNCHES ANNUAL CANAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN
The Idaho Water Users Association has launched its 2017 Water Safety Public Outreach Campaign across the southern half of Idaho in hopes of reducing the number of individuals, especially children, who perish in drownings involving canals, drains and other irrigation related bodies of water.
"Idaho is second in the nation for drowning deaths of children under seven. On average, three Idaho children die in irrigation canals every year. Those are tragedies that could be avoided by educating folks about just how dangerous canals, ditchs and drains are to children and young people, even adults. Saving lives, that is the driving point of the annual water safety campaign," noted Paul Arrington, IWUA Executive Director.
The campaign will feature 30-second radio commercials, two in English and two in Spanish, that will be broadcast more than 2,400 times between now and the latter part of August in the Treasure Valley, the Magic Valley and Eastern Idaho. The radio commercials target women ages 25-49 and warn of the deadly dangers posed to children by full canals and older kids during the summer months when they are out of school.
The canal safety program manager have calculated that the safety messages will be heard by 74.5 percent of its target audience in the Treasure Valley, 85.3 percent in the Magic Valley and 93.6 percent in Eastern Idaho.
A report detailing the results of the IWUA's 2016 campaign can be viewed by clicking 2016 Report. Although the message is the same in all three regions, each commercial does say the message is being provided by irrigators in the region in which it is airing. In 2016 IWUA also partnered with St. Luke's Health System in the Treasure and Magic Valley's Spanish outreach.
Summer Water Law and Resource Issues Seminar
Registration is now open for the annual Summer Water Law and Resource Issues Seminar June 12-13 in Sun Valley, IWUA officials announced. A copy of the draft agenda for the seminar is available via the internet link listed below. There is also a link for on-line hotel reservations at the Sun Valley Resort. You can view the room rates here. Check back regularly as the Agenda will be updated regularly as participants are confirmed.
Paul L. Arrington Named New IWUA Executive Director
Paul L. Arrington of Twin Falls is the new Executive Director for the Idaho Water Users Association efdfective May 1. Mr. Arrington, a native of Twin Falls, joins the Association from a position with Barker Rosholt & Simpson LLP where his practice has focused largely on water and natural resource issues in Idaho and throughout the United States.
He replaces Norm Semanko who had served as Executive Director & General Counsel since 2000. Semanko recently accepted a position as a Partner with the Boise-based law firm of Moffatt Thomas, where he leads the firm’s Water, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Practice Groups.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to serve as Executive Director of the IWUA. I applaud Norm for paving a path of success for the Association and look forward to continuing those successes into the future,” Arrington said. “I look forward to working with the water users to defend and protect the rights of IWUA members to Idaho's precious water resources."
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.