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Idaho State Section of the American Water Resources Association

Community, Conversation, Connection

2013-2014 Executive Board:

President:Derek Risso, Ecosystem Sciences
Past-President: Corrie Hugaboom, HDR Engineering
President-Elect: Ellen Berggren, US Army Corps of Engineers
Vice-President and Program Committee Chair: Jackson Reed
Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy Peter, Community Volunteer
BSU Student Chapter President: vacant
Membership Chair: vacant

Idaho State Section Members

Thank you to our supporters:

  • CH2M Hill
  • Ecosystem Sciences
  • GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • Givens Pursley LLP
  • HDR Engineering
  • MWH Americas
  • West Water LLC
  • For more information on AWRA:

    IDAWRA is a partner in BREN, the Boise River Enhancement Network

    IDAWRA Brownbag: "Big Wood River Post-Fire Flood Damage Risk Impact Assessment from the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire near Hailey"

    Speaker: Darrell Eidson, P.E., D.WRE, Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla

  • Wednesday, April 9, 11:30 -1 pm (talk will start at 11:45)
  • Location: Washington Group Plaza Executive Dining Room (turn left at reception desk), 720 Park Blvd., Boise, ID  83712
  • Cost: Free
  • Lunch available in the Washington Group cafeteria. IDAWRA thanks the Corps of Engineers for providing the venue.
  • In August 2013, the Beaver Creek wildfire burned more than 110,000 acres of public and private land northwest of Hailey, Idaho. The majority of the burned area drains to the Big Wood River, with an overall drainage area of over 600 square miles at Hailey, ID. While increased runoff and erosional response within and immediately downstream of burned areas became readily apparent following September 2013 rainstorm activity, the more widespread increased flood risk along developed areas of the Big Wood River was not well understood. In cooperation with Federal and State agencies, and local governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leveraged existing models developed for previous studies to assess the relative hydrologic and hydraulic response of post-fire conditions to the existing flood risks along the Big Wood River. Using an existing numerical hydrologic model from an adjacent, and in many ways quite similar, watershed, adjustments of the modeling parameters to represent post-fire conditions within the Big Wood watershed facilitated estimation of the response and projection of frequency discharges at points of interest along the Big Wood River. These estimated increased discharges were then used with an existing numerical hydraulic model to project post-fire river stages. Relative changes in peak runoff and water surface elevations permitted determination of areas at increased risk for flood damages within developed areas along the river. As estimate of potential flood risk consequences associated with debris flow 'dam' formation and collapse was also performed, utilizing information developed by USGS in parallel support of the impacted communities. While peak runoff increases at the sub-basin level were often significant, collective flow peaks following routing were more modest. River stage impacts were generally moderate, as well, though several areas where potential increased flood risk could be significant were identified. And while debris dam formation is less probable, the consequences in terms of potential for increased flood damages is quite significant.

    IDAWRA Dinner Meeting: "Post-Fire Watershed Recovery"
    Panel Members:

    Angenie McCleary, Blaine County Commissioner
    Mark Stephensen, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
    Ellen Berggren, US Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Silver Jackets Coordinator
    T.J. Clifford, BLM, Burned Area Emergency Response Team Lead for Elk-Pony Wildfire Complexes
    Michael Lewis, USGS, Director of Idaho Water Science Center

  • Thursday, April 17, 5:30 - 8:00PM (talk will start at 7:00PM)
  • The Riverside Hotel (2900 Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID)
  • No-host social: 5:30 to 6:15 PM, Buffet dinner 6:15 PM, Dialogue 7:00 to 8:00.
  • Wildfire was on everyone's mind last summer and for good reason. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, $164.3 million was spent across agencies in Idaho on fire suppression and 741,700 acres were burned statewide in 2013. The Beaver Creek fire burned more than 100,000 acres and the Elk and Pony complex fire burned 131,258 acres of public and private land. What happens after the fire is suppressed to promote watershed restoration and recovery, particularly when timely response is critical to success? Responsibilities and authorities are distributed to local, State, Tribal, and Federal government organizations, but are there gaps and overlaps that slow or impede efforts? How best can short-term and long-term recovery be managed at the watershed level while respecting private rights and public responsibilities? What is the role of non-governmental organizations and where do they contribute? Join us to learn more about the post-fire watershed recovery process and responsibilities and participate in a discussion of how to improve future efforts.

  • Cost: Non-members $30, Members $25, Panel only $5
  • Email the following information to Name and organization for nametag, number of tickets requested, phone, E-mail.
  • Pay by either:
    • Sending a check payable to "AWRA Idaho State Section"
      P.O. Box 8721
      Boise, Idaho 83707
    • Using your credit card on PayPal, using the "Transfer Money to Friends" option; send the payment to ID AWRA account

    For more information, please email or call 208-761-2989

    Renew or join now for April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015:

  • Annual individual Section membership fee: $20
  • Annual student Section membership fee: $ 5
  • Annual corporate/institution groups Section membership fee (Memberships for up to 5 members of group are included. Groups are named on ID-AWRA webpages and programs and have the opportunity to display information at meetings) : $100
  • Additional corporate/institutional group member: $ 15

  • Who is the AWRA?

      The AWRA is dedicated to the advancement of water resources management, research, and education. Members represent a community of water professionals with diverse backgrounds, but they share engagement in solving some of the toughest water resources challenges.

      Activities include evening networking dinners with presentations on water-resources topics, field trips, and networking luncheons. Membership in national AWRA is not required to join ID AWRA.

      Join (or renew) now for membership through March 31, 2014.

    ID AWRA provides a common forum in which professionals in water resources can exchange ideas pertaining to all aspects of water resources research and management by:

    • promoting research and technological, social, economic, and legislative advances;
    • collecting and disseminating information, knowledge, and data;
    • relating the needs of management, educational institutions, and governmental agencies for specialized services and guidance to qualified professionals and consultants;
    • opening up and maintaining lines of communication between members of this Section and the public;
    • promoting the rational and objective protection, development, utilization, and management of water resources;
    • cooperating with others concerned with water resources; and
    • promoting the multidisciplinary objectives of the AWRA.

    Click here to join ID AWRA or to renew your membership.

    Idaho State Section By-Laws

    ID AWRA 2009-2010 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2010-2011 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2011-2012 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2012-2013 Annual Report

    Recent events:

    IDAWRA Brownbag:Nutrient Trends in Streams and Rivers of the United States"
    Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    Speaker: Lori A. Sprague, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

    IDAWRA Brownbag: "Debris-Flow Hazard Assessment of the Area Burned by the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire near Hailey"
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    Speaker: Kenneth Skinner, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey

    IDAWRA Brownbag: Atlas of the Arab Region and the Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi"
    Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    Speaker: Timothy Maguire, Biogeographer, Ecosystem Sciences

    IDAWRA Dinner Meeting: Total Maximum Daily Loads and the Lower Boise River
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Panel Members:
    David L. Clark (Moderator), HDR Engineering, Inc.
    Henry Hamanishi, J. R. Simplot Company
    Barry Burnell, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
    Liz Paul, Idaho Rivers United
    Paul Woods, Boise City Public Works
    Tom Barry, City of Meridian
    Bill Stewart, EPA Region 10

    Brownbag: Super Storm Sandy vs. the State of New Jersey
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Speaker: Kathy Peter, IDAWRA Secretary/Treasurer

    IDAWRA Movie Night: "WATERSHED Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West" Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Discussion led by Tim Personius, Deputy Director, Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Region

    Brownbag: From Wild Sage to Farm: Historic Land Uses of the Boise River Valley
    Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Speaker: Jennifer Stevens, Ph.D. Stevens Historical Research Associates

    Brownbag: Yankee Fork PS3 Side Channel Habitat Improvement Project
    Wednesday May 8, 2013 Steve Clayton Ph.D. P.E., CH2M Hill (Co-authors: Paul Drury, Mike Edmondson, Evelyn Galloway, and Jim Gregory)

    Networking social, Thursday, April 18, 2013 4:30 to 7:30 PM, at The Reef in Boise

    Brown Bag Seminar:Ecology of Columbia River redband trout in high desert streams of southwestern Idaho
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013Chris Walser, Professor and Chair of Biology Department, College of Idaho
    Link to Redband Presentation

    Past ID AWRA Events

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