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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
  • SPF Water Engineering
  • 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: "The Rangen Delivery Call, Mitigation for Junior-Priority Groundwater Use, and Municipal Vulnerability to Curtailment"

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:30 -1 pm (talk will start at 11:45)
  • Speakers: Dr. Christian Petrich and Robert Hardgrove, SPF Water Engineering
  • Location: Washington Group Plaza Executive Dining Room (Turn left at the front desk and right at the cafeteria),720 Park Blvd, Boise, ID
  • Cost: Free, no reservation required.

    An initial order in the Rangen Delivery Call required, absent mitigation, the curtailment of groundwater pumping for the irrigation of 157,000 acres and the curtailment of pumping under junior-priority municipal water rights by 14 south-central Idaho cities.  Christian Petrich and Bob Hardgrove will (1) present a brief history of the Rangen Delivery Call, (2) describe mitigation measures implemented by the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators (IGWA) to address the Rangen call (and deliveries to other senior-priority rights in the Hagerman Valley), and (3) discuss the vulnerability of municipal water rights to curtailment.

      Dr. Petrich is a co-founder of, and Principal Engineer and Hydrologist with, SPF Water Engineering, LLC, a consulting firm serving public and private clients in Idaho and surrounding states.  Dr. Petrich has graduate degrees in civil engineering and geology, and is registered in Idaho as a professional engineer, professional geologist, and certified water right examiner.  He has over 28 years of academic and professional experience in engineering and geology, with particular expertise in water-supply planning, hydrogeologic investigations, aquifer testing, numerical modeling, and water rights.  Prior to forming SPF, Dr. Petrich led regional investigations of groundwater flow in the Treasure Valley and the Boise Front geothermal system for the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (University of Idaho).

      Mr. Hardgrove is a Principal Engineer with SPF Water Engineering, LLC, a local leading consultant in the areas of hydrologic characterization, water resource development, public wastewater and water treatment system design, civil design, and regulatory compliance.  Mr. Hardgrove has over 22 years of professional experience and specializes in general civil design, transmission main design, pump station and storage reservoir design, lined lagoon design, construction management, and project management.

    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: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

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