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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: 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
  • 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

    Speed Networking event for students

    When: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:30 - 6:30
    Where: "The Biblical Studies Center" 1025 Belmont Street, Boise, ID 83706
    Cost: Free
    Register as a Professional or student by email to

    The purpose of the IDAWRA Speed Networking event is to allow undergraduate and graduate students to quickly meet and network with a variety of professionals from various water resources disciplines. It will benefit both students who are just starting to explore their career options and those ready to join the workforce. Students will learn about experiences and opportunities that are available in various water resources vocations and will learn how water, as a career, is evolving.
    Two professionals at each table will be joined by students. The professionals will talk about topics of their choice, such as their careers, what their typical day is like, career options in water, growth industries and emerging fields, or graduate degrees - pros and cons. Students can ask questions at any time. After 15 minutes, the students will rotate to another table. Hopefully students will get to meet at least 8 professionals.

    Brownbag Presentation: "Idaho Power Integrated Resource Plan"

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 11:30 -1 pm (talk will start at 11:45)
    Speaker: Kresta Davis-Butts, Idaho Power, Operations Hydrology Team Lead
    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 reservations required.

    The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive look at present and future demands for electricity, as well as a plan for meeting those demands. Idaho Power’s resource plan is prepared to fulfill the regulatory requirements and guidelines established by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) and the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC). The Idaho Power resource planning process has four primary goals:

    1. Identify sufficient resources to reliably serve the growing demand for energy within the Idaho Power service area throughout the 20-year planning period.
    2. Ensure the selected resource portfolio balances cost, risk, and environmental concerns.
    3. Give equal and balanced treatment to supply-side resources, demand-side measures, and transmission resources.
    4. Involve the public in the planning process in a meaningful way.

    As hydroelectric generation is the foundation of Idaho Power’s energy production, a twenty year streamflow forecast is a major component of the supply-side resource portfolio. Idaho Power uses two primary models for forecasting future flows for the IRP. The Snake River Planning Model (SRPM) is used to determine surface-water flows, and the Enhanced Snake Plain Aquifer Model (ESPAM) is used to determine the effect of various aquifer management practices on Snake River reach gains. The two models are used in combination to produce a normalized hydrologic record for the Snake River Basin from 1928 through 2009. Kresta Davis-Butts will discuss the methodology used to develop the twenty year normalized hydrologic record used in the IRP as well as the future assumptions incorporated in the development of the forecast.

    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 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

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