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A&B Irrigation District - Unit A Pumping Plant #2
Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed A&B irrigation District Pump Plant #2 for a 30 day comment period ending June 2.

An informational open house will be held May 14 at the Best Western Burley Inn, 800 N. Overland Ave, Burley, Idaho from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Draft EA includes a no action alternative plus three alternatives that will permit delivery of surface water diverted from the Snake River. Each of the three action alternatives will improve inefficiencies in the existing delivery system and bring surface water supplies to areas previously served by ground water wells.

The A&B Irrigation District (ABID), located near Rupert, Idaho, is part of Reclamation’s Minidoka Project, North Side Pumping Division. ABID serves approximately 77,000 acres of irrigated land and is split into two major irrigated areas – Units A&B.

Over the past several decades, Unit B groundwater wells have steadily declined. To address this, plans were developed to install a pumping plant and associated distribution pipelines to both provide supplemental water to lands with failing groundwater in Unit B and eliminate delivery constraints in the original Unit A configuration.

Approximately 62,000 acres (Unit B) are irrigated by pumping ground water from deep wells from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, and approximately 15,000 acres (Unit A) are irrigated by pumping surface water from the Snake River.

Questions may be sent to jpetrovsky@usbr.gov or by mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: John Petrovsky at 230 Collins Rd., Boise, ID or by phone at (208) 383-2224.

For those planning to attend the open house and require accommodation as specified under the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact Don Bowden at (208) 678-0461 x13, at least one week in advance.



04/2014 A&B Irrigation District - Unit A Pumping Plant #2 Draft Environmental Assessment

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John Petrovsky
(208) 383-2224

Bureau of Reclamation
Snake River Area Office
230 Collins Road
Boise ID 83702-4520


Last Update: April 28, 2014 4:20 PM