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Idaho State Section of the American Water Resources Association

Community, Conversation, Connection

2015-2016 Executive Board:

Past-President: Ellen Berggren, US Army Corps of Engineers
President: Steven R. Hannula, MWH Global
President-Elect: Ryan Carnie, GeoEngineers, Inc.
Vice-President and Program Committee Chair: Nancy Nething, HDR, Inc.
Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy Peter, Community Volunteer
BSU Student Chapter President: vacant
Membership Chair: Iosefa Matagi, CH2M Hill

Idaho State Section Members

Thank you to our supporters:

  • Avista Corporation
  • CH2M Hill
  • Ecosystem Sciences
  • GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • HDR Engineering
  • MWH Americas
  • SPF Water Engineering
  • West Water LLC
  • For more information on AWRA:

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

    Eastern Idaho Water Resources mini-conference

    Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location:         Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Blvd , Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402 United States

    The Idaho Section of the American Water Resources Association is hosting its first mini-conference in Eastern Idaho. Presentations will be followed by a no-host social for water resources professionals and anyone with an interest in Idaho water. Speakers will discuss current water rights law regarding the ESPA;   the recent settlement regarding reduction in diversions from the aquifer; quantifying habitat uplift in design using the HOME® model; and thermal transport model for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA). 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.
  • Robert Harris, Holden Kidwell Hahn & Crapo, PLLC: "Current water rights law regarding the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer"
  • James R. Cefalo, Idaho Department of Water Resources: "Settlement of water rights and usage from the Snake River and the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer"
  • Ryan Carnie, GeoEngineers Inc.: "Quantifying habitat uplift in design using the HOME® model
  • Mitch Plummer, Idaho National Laboratory: "Thermal transport model for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer"

  • Schedule: Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • Speakers: 2:20 PM - 5:00
  • Social: 5:00 - 6:00 (hors d'oeuvres, no-host bar)
  • Cost: $20 (RSVP requested, but not required)

  • To Register: 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 IDAWRA account
    For more information, please email or call 208-761-2989

    Brownbag Presentation: "Current Floodplain Mapping Activities."

    Thursday, December 10, 11:30 -1 pm (talk will start at 11:45, lunch is available in cafeteria)
    Location: Washington Group Plaza Executive Dining Room (Turn left at the front desk and right at the cafeteria).  
    720 Park Blvd, Boise, ID 
    Speaker: Ryan McDaniel CFM, PMP; Risk MAP Program Manager; Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security

    Cost:  Free, no reservations required.

    The Idaho Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program seeks to deliver quality multi-hazard data that helps communities achieve their preferred future; hopefully one with a reduced risk from flooding. This presentation will provide a topical run-down through Idaho’s Current Mapping Activities as coordinated through the the State of Idaho Risk MAP Program Manager, Ryan McDaniel. The Risk MAP project lifecycle takes at least five (5) years to complete a new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM). Risk MAP is a 100% federally funded program that is dependent upon community partnerships that participate on a voluntary basis. Local communities and stakeholder groups request certain study types in specific locations and various risk assessment mapping applications based on the individual city, county Tribal need for information. This process reinforces that local communities are best suited to proscribe where flood hazard mapping is best applied, so the risk of flooding may continue to be best managed locally.

    Renew or join now for April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016:

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

  • 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.

    IDAWRA 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.

    Idaho State Section By-Laws

    Recent events:

    Brownbag Presentation:"Use of Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meters (ADVMs) to monitor sediment concentration." Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Speaker: Molly Wood, P.E., Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Geological Survey Idaho Water Science Center

    Annual Dinner Meeting: Community Drought Planning
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Panel Members:
    Michael Lawrence, Givens Pursley LLP (moderator)
    Jon Bowling, Idaho Power
    Doug Fowler, Harris Ranch
    Mollie Mangerich, City of Meridian
    Neeley Miller, Idaho Water Resources Department
    Mark Zirschky, Pioneer Irrigation

    Brownbag: Idaho Power Integrated Resource Plan
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    Speaker: Kresta Davis-Butts, Idaho Power, Operations Hydrology Team Lead

    Student Speed Networking with Professionals
    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    IDAWRA Professionals:

  • Ellen Berggren , District Outreach Coordinator/Project Mgr , USACE Walla Walla District , Boise Outreach Office
  • Ryan S. Carnie, PE, Water Resources Engineer, GeoEngineers, Inc. 
  • Steve Clayton, Ph.D., P.E., River Systems Science and Engineering Team, CH2M HILL
  • Gretchen Herron, Wetland Ecologist, CH2MHILL
  • Patrick N. Naylor, PE, PG, Principal Hydrogeologist, MWH Global, Inc.
  • Pamela Pace, P.E., Senior Engineer, Idaho Power
  • Rob Richardson, LG, PMP, Project Manager and Geomorphologist, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Kelly Urbanek, USACE Regulatory Division Chief
  • James Woidt, P.E., CH2M Hill

    Brownbag:The Rangen Delivery Call, Mitigation for Junior-Priority Groundwater Use, and Municipal Vulnerability to Curtailment
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    Speakers: Dr. Christian Petrich and Robert Hardgrove, SPF Water Engineering

    Brownbag:The Silver Creek Watershed; Lessons Learned from Four Years of Data Collection and Analysis
    Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Speaker: Tim Maguire, Ecosystem Sciences

    Brownbag:Managed Aquifer recharge in the East Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA)
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    Speaker: Neal Farmer, Idaho Department of Water Resources

    Brownbag: Swan Falls Agreement and its Aftermath 30 years later 
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Speaker: Lynn Tominaga, Idaho Water Policy Group

    Brownbag: Computer models used to conjunctively administer water rights on the ESPA
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Speaker: Dr. Allan Wylie,Idaho Department of Water Resources

    Dinner Meeting: Responding to  Climate Change – What we Know and What we are Doing?
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Panel Members:
    Wayne S. Wright (Moderator), GeoEngineers, Inc.
    Neely Miller, Idaho Department of Water Resources
    Rob Sampson, Natural Resource Conservation Service
    Daniel J. Isaak, US Forest Service
    Toni E. Turner, Bureau of Reclamation

    IDAWRA Movie Night at The Flicks "Return of the River"
    September 18, 2014
    Speaker: Robert Hamilton, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Engineer

    IDAWRA Brownbag: Unmanned aerial systems application to environmental assessments
    Thursday, May 1 , 2014
    Speakers: Matt Hayes and David James, Hayes & James, LLC

    IDAWRA Annual Dinner Meeting:Reducing Post-Fire Watershed Flood Risk - Paths to Community Success
    Thursday, April 17,2014
    Panel Members:
    T.J. Clifford, BLM, Burned Area Emergency Response Team Lead for Elk-Pony Wildfire Complexes
    Angenie McCleary, Blaine County Commissioner
    Ellen Berggren, US Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Silver Jackets Coordinator
    Michael Lewis, USGS, Director of Idaho Water Science Center
    Mark Stephensen, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, State Hazard Mitigation Officer

    IDAWRA Brownbag: Big Wood River Post-Fire Flood Damage Risk Impact Assessment from the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire near Hailey
    Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Speaker: Darrell Eidson, P.E., D.WRE, Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla

    Past ID AWRA Events

    ID AWRA 2009-2010 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2010-2011 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2011-2012 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2012-2013 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2013-2014 Annual Report

    ID AWRA 2014-2015 Annual Report

  • Maintained by Kathy Peter.