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Idaho Projects

For 90 years, the Reclamation program has been an integral part of southern Idaho. In the 21st century, Reclamation continues to be a driving force behind the southern Idaho economy and a vital contributor to the state's lifestyle.
 
History

Early settlement of Idaho depended primarily on agriculture, and thus the availability of water. Because of the arid climate in southern Idaho, farming was made possible only by irrigation. As settlement grew farther from main sources of water, farmers joined together to build diversion dams and dig canals that provided water for everyone.
Minidoka Dam, Idaho
In 1902, Congress established the Reclamation Service to develop water projects that would make settlement of the arid western United States possible.

Idaho's first Reclamation constructed water project was the Minidoka Project, which began construction in 1905. The Minidoka Project now stores water from the Snake River and its tributaries into five major reservoirs.

Many other large and small water projects were constructed by Reclamation in the following decades. These projects provided irrigation water to thousands of acres of Idaho farmland that  resulted in a flourishing agricultural economy.

Reclamation irrigation water brought life to such Idaho crops as sweet corn, sugar beets, alfalfa, potatoes, wheat, onions, and apples. There is no doubt that Reclamation's presence has left an indelible and invaluable impression on the state. The development of modern day Idaho was made possible by the state's agricultural productivity.

 
Project Dam Powerplant
Avondale Project    
Boise Project Anderson Ranch Dam Anderson Ranch Powerplant
  Arrowrock Dam  
  Black Canyon Diversion Dam Black Canyon Powerplant
  Boise River Diversion Dam Boise River Diversion Powerplant
  Cascade Dam  
  Deadwood Dam  
  Deer Flat Dams  
Dalton Gardens Project    
Lewiston Orchards Project Reservoir A Dam  
  Soldiers Meadow Dam  
Little Wood River Project Little Wood River Dam  
Mann Creek Project Mann Creek Dam  
Michaud Flats Project    
Minidoka Project American Falls Dam  
  Island Park Dam  
  Minidoka Dam Minidoka Powerplant
Owyhee Project (ID/OR) Owyhee Dam (Oregon)  
Palisades Project Palisades Dam Palisades Powerplant
Rathdrum Prairie Project    
Ririe Project Ririe Dam  
Teton Basin Project    
 
Contacts
Snake River Area    
Jerrold D. Gregg
Area Manager
(208) 383-2248
jgregg@usbr.gov

Snake River Area Office

230 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702-4520
Chris Beardsley
Deputy Area Manager
(208) 383-2248
cbeardsley@usbr.gov

Middle Snake Field Office

230 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702-4520
Roland Springer
Assistant Area Manager
(208) 678-0461 ext. 10
rspringer@usbr.gov

Upper Snake Field Office

470 22nd Street
Heyburn, ID 83336
 
Columbia Cascades Area
Dawn Wiedmeier
Area Manager
(509) 575-5848 ext. 202
dwiedmeier@usbr.gov

Columbia-Cascades Area Office
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, Washington 98901-2058
 
Related Links
Idaho Projects and Facilities
Snake River Area Office
Snake River Area Water Operations
Black Canyon Dam Parks
Boise Area Boat Ramp Elevations
Snake River Area Recreation
Natural Resources and Land Use
Bull Trout Activities
ESA Activities
Minidoka Project
Minidoka Spillway Replacement Project

Geomorphology of Teton River
Teton Dam Failure
Snake River Resources Review
 

Last Update: October 6, 2014 8:18 AM