The EIWRC Annual Directors meeting was held at the Idaho Falls City Council Chambers located on Constitution Way in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at 7 pm. The coalition invited all members to its annual business meeting with a special invitation to cities of the Upper Valley Cities group.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Robert L. Harris of Holden Kidwell Hahn & Crapo Law Offices of Idaho Falls Idaho. Mr. Harris spoke on the status of the 2015 IGWA agreement focusing on concerns of present and future water supplies for cities located on the eastern Snake River plain.
Water rights on the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer changed in 2015. Due to ongoing drought and water supply uncertainty, Idaho Ground Water Appropriators (IGWA), the Surface Water Coalition (SWC), the Director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources, and Speaker of the House Scott Bedke entered into an agreement for the reduction of ground water use and hopeful stabilization of the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer. Mandatory diversion reductions and mitigations are set to begin spring of 2016.
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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.