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Idaho Water Users Association

Minidoka Dam's New Spillway Opened

     A four-year project to modernize and renovate  the Minidoka Dam spillway came to a formal end May 27 as a special dedication ceremony was held to formally open the gates of the new facility.  A variety of dignitaries and a large crowd of onlookers took part in the ceremony.  IWUA President Dan Darrington was among the dignitaries who attended and watched as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López threw the switch to formally open the 12 new radial gates that replaced the stop logs that had been used for decades. Commissioner López was keynote speaker at the ceremony.

     IWUA President Darrington also spoke during the ceremony (photo below) noting that "this location is such that the water supply is sustainable and reliable. Because of this structure, the entire area is living — thriving as a progressive community that expands from agriculture to additional commerce and industry."

(Click on the images below to see scenes from the ceremony. IWUA Photos by Norm Semanko)

IWUA Summer Water Law and Resource Issues Seminar Set For June 22-23

Click Here To Get Registration, Seminar Topics and Hotel Information

Read the News Release About The Event

Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program

The Bureau of Reclamation has unveiled its new Drought Response Program which provides a proactive approach to combating drought including assistance to water users.

Read a fact sheet about the program.

Mark Your Calendar

June 22-23  -  IWUA Summer Water Law & Resource Issues Seminar – Sun Valley

August 4-6  -  NWRA Western Water Seminar – Hyatt Regency Monterey – Monterey, CA

November 4-6  -  NWRA Annual Convention – Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, CO

November 19-20  -  IWUA 32nd Annual Water Law Seminar – The Riverside Hotel – Boise


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.
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Boise, ID 83702
Tel - (208) 344-6690 ~ Fax- (208) 344-2744