Resources and Legislation
Read the speeches and reports from the 2018 Eastern Idaho Water Supply Alternatives Symposium. You can view the presentations here.
Greg Curtis and Daren Coon from the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District spoke on the Nampa and Meridian solution of dual systems for City Land Subdivision Development at the June 7th, 2017, Semi-Annual Director's Meeting. You can view their handouts here.
Mathew Weaver, Deputy Director of IDWR spoke about “The New Normal for Water Rights on the Eastern Snake Plain” at the June 8th, 2016, Semi-Annual Director's Meeting. You can download his talk and informative slides here.
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Mayor Rebecca Casper's remarks about Stan Clark from the February 2018 Eastern Idaho Water Supply Alternatives Symposium in Idaho Falls:
Many, if not most of you are aware of Stan Clark’s passing. He was a key member in both of the organizations sponsoring today’s event and it was he who invited me to speak today. So you can perhaps understand why I was in a reflective mood when I put pen to paper for my remarks this morning.
I first met Stan in 2006 when he brought then-candidate Butch Otter to a meeting in Island Park with developers where we discussed water and development. He was “Otter’s water guy.” And from there our association continued and eventually resulted in the formation of the Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition in the summer of 2007.
Stan served as the Coalition president for many years. This was in part because he was kind enough to carry that workload. And it was also
partly because he was easily recognized as a leader. Stan had the right set of qualities for the job:
- He had a kind manner and was respectful and fair even when the conversation had the potential to become heated.
- He also had lots of water knowledge—not the formal engineering kind, but the kind you get out in the ditches and from knowing seasons of plenty and seasons of drought.
- He had an insider’s understanding of public policy processes— enough to know that planning, cooperation, and consensus make a good basis for good policy.
- He wasn’t afraid of innovating or trying something new.
- Stan had lots of common sense.
- Finally, he optimistically believed that our useable water supply could be better managed.
I believe these are the attributes we all need more of—respect, fairness, knowledge, consensus, innovation, common sense, and confidence in management accompanied by a strong dose of Stan Clark’s brand of optimism.
I have spent enough time in water conversations over the past decade or more to know that Stan’s basic attributes are not always present every time a water conversation takes place in this state. Yet, taken together, these attributes would give us all better water policy.
EIWRC Goals and Objectives
- Promote ideas for water management and policies that will sustain future agricultural use, population growth, and economic development.
- Protect and preserve against threats to water rights in Eastern Idaho through effective policy making, advocacy, and legislation.
- Develop and promote a position on the management and preservation of the aquifer.
- Provide a forum for water users in the region to discuss and resolve issues and disputes.
- Review proposals and provide input to Eastern Idaho participants on the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (CAMP) advisory committee.
EIWRC Mission Statement
The Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition understands the vital importance of water to Eastern Idaho's economy now and in the future. The coalition provides a strong and unified voice to protect water rights critical for economic growth in Eastern Idaho and promotes discussion and ideas that will best enhance the utilization of water for future economic development.
Contact the EIWRC
The Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition was formed and registered in 2007 in the State of Idaho as non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. A similar designation under Section 501©(3) of the IRS code is pending. A letter verifying the tax-exempt status of the EIWRC can be obtained by contacting us at: Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition, c/o Keith Esplin, 593 East 5th South, Rexburg, ID 83440. Financial summary information for the Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition is contained in its annual report.