Reclamation Requests Public Comment on Proposed Pump Station for Idaho Water Project

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 383-2207
Julia Pierko, (208) 383-2284

For Release: July 12, 2013

BURLEY, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) on a proposed pump station that will replace ground water with surface water for the A&B Irrigation District and is requesting public comment to help identify issues to be addressed in the EA. The project will make surface water available to about 1,495 acres currently irrigated with groundwater. The plan will also include 1,377 acres that were converted from groundwater in the early 1990s.

The project will be funded in part from a $4million grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP). The proposed pump station is a cost-share project that will be managed by the irrigation district. The grant was awarded under the Idaho Water Resource Board’s (IWRB) AWEP agreement with NRCS.

Plans call for constructing a pump station on the north bank of the Snake River about 7 miles west of Burley, Idaho; and a 12-mile pipeline to will deliver water north to the irrigation district lands.

It is anticipated that the project will reduce the reliance on groundwater from the aquifer, while also improving irrigation efficiency.

Written comments will be accepted until August 12, 2013. Submit comments to Julia Pierko, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho 83702. Written comments will also be accepted by email at:

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