Henrys Fork Basin Special Study Interim Report Outlines Proposed Alternatives for Idaho’s Water Needs

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Robert Schattin, (208) 378-5090

For Release: February 05, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - After nearly two years of collaboration, technical analysis and public participation, the Bureau of Reclamation and the State of Idaho have released the Henrys Fork Basin Special Study Interim Report that describes potential future water supply alternatives for the basin.

"This interim report summarizes how information was gathered, the overall study process, and it outlines how potential alternatives will be carried forward in the years ahead," Basin Study Activity Manager Robert Schattin said.

This was a collaborative effort involving a stakeholder's workgroup which included the Henry's Fork Watershed Council, irrigation districts, conservation organizations, universities, the Henry's Fork Foundation, as well as federal and state agencies. The interim report identifies a wide range of reconnaissance-level alternatives listed under five subheadings that include:

  • Existing and new surface storage alternatives
  • Managed ground water recharge
  • Agricultural conservation and management
  • Municipal and Industrial conservation alternatives
  • Market based alternatives

The final phase of the study will last about a year and conclude with a final basin study report by the end of 2013.

Henrys Fork Basin Study Interim Report: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/studies/idaho/henrysfork/techrept/interim/index.html

Henrys Fork Basin Study Information: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/studies/idaho/henrysfork/index.html

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