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Idaho State Section of the American Water Resources Association

Community, Conversation, Connection

2013-2014 Executive Board:

President: Ellen Berggren, US Army Corps of Engineers
Past-President: Derek Risso, Ecosystem Sciences
President-Elect: Steven R. Hannula, MWH Global
Vice-President and Program Committee Chair: Ryan Carnie, GeoEngineers, Inc.
Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy Peter, Community Volunteer
BSU Student Chapter President: vacant
Membership Chair: vacant

Idaho State Section Members

Thank you to our supporters:

  • Avista Corporation
  • CH2M Hill
  • Ecosystem Sciences
  • GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • HDR Engineering
  • MWH Americas
  • West Water LLC
  • 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
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    IDAWRA is a partner in BREN, the Boise River Enhancement Network

    Brownbag Presentation:"Managed Aquifer recharge in the East Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA)"

  •  Neal Farmer, Idaho Department of Water Resources
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:30 -1 pm (talk will start at 11:45)
  • Location: Washington Group Plaza Executive Dining Room (Turn left at the front desk and right at the cafeteria),720 Park Blvd, Boise, ID  83712
  • Aquifer recharge in the East Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA) has gained momentum in recent years with more funding, more modeling and more sites to deliver water too.  For purposes of recharge, the ESPA is split into essentially the upper basin and the lower basin with the boundary located at the American Falls Reservoir Dam.  The main reason for the boundary is based from the Water Board’s policy that recharge will not compete with upper basin reservoir fill.  This effectively eliminates recharge above American Falls Dam during the late fall, winter and spring unless there is an abundant supply of spring runoff water that exceeds the reservoir system capacity to retain it.  Statistical analysis shows that roughly 50% of the time recharge cannot be done above American Falls Reservoir due to low water supplies.  Recharge below American Falls is different because it does not compete with upper basin reservoir fill.  Therefore, recharge (especially below Minidoka Dam) can occur in the late fall, winter and spring because of natural flow in the Snake River of approximately 500 cfs spilling at Milner Dam during this time period.  This water is then available below American Falls Dam and the Water Boards recharge water right is in priority during this time period.  The real problem is conveying this water to locations that are geologically and geographically acceptable to receive high flow rates of water without causing impacts.  Currently, a two pronged approach is being implemented to implement recharge; one by direct injection of waters into the subsurface via injection wells and the other to route water through existing conveyance structures (canals) to land surface spreading/leakage basins.  Both of these options have their own unique set of issues at each individual location.  Getting water into the ground in meaningful volumes and flow rates isn’t as easy as you might think it is! 
  • Brownbag Presentation: "The Silver Creek Watershed; Lessons Learned from Four Years of Data Collection and Analysis"

  • Speaker: Tim Maguire, Ecosystem Sciences
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:30 -1 pm (talk will start at 11:45)
  • Location:Washington Group Plaza Executive Dining Room (Turn left at the front desk and right at the cafeteria), 720 Park Blvd, Boise, ID  83712
  • Cost: Free, no reservation required
  • IDAWRA thanks the Idaho Fish and Game for providing the venue.
  • The Silver Creek Watershed, located in south-central Idaho, is a unique spring driven system that is known for its clean, cold water and abundant trout population. Silver Creek and its tributaries are a renowned fly fishing destination for anglers from all over the world. In recent years, anglers, recreationists and landowners have noticed trends within the watershed that threaten Silver Creek’s ecological integrity and its status as a world class fishery because of high stream temperatures , excessive sediment loads, and low dissolved oxygen (DO) levels.
    In 2010, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation partnered with a coalition of landowners, anglers, and The Nature Conservancy to initiate a watershed-wide monitoring program designed to assess the threats to Silver Creek and its tributaries. Several monitoring programs (flow, stream temperature, land cover, sediment and DO) were initiated to quantify the health of the Silver Creek Watershed and identify potential trouble areas. The results of the initial year of monitoring (2010) served as a baseline and guided future work and allowed managers, scientists and the general public to begin to examine the differences between Silver Creek and its tributaries. Subsequent monitoring years have seen the program expand in scope and data collection. In the four years of work our knowledge of the watershed’s characteristics and its effect on trout habitat and populations has grown. This talk will summarize the methodologies and results of the four years of data collection, focusing on lessons learned and how they drive future efforts.

  • 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.

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    Recent events:

    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

    Maintained by Kathy Peter. Last changed on November 3, 2014