Earlier this year, the Blaine County Commission held a series of public workshops on its revision of the local public interest water policy. The county has taken public comments throughout the process and incorporated them into a final draft of the policy. If you’re a Blaine County resident, this is your chance to help iron out the remaining details before the Commission votes on the policy.
What Is a Local Public Interest Water Policy?
When deciding whether to issue new water rights, the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) considers whether it is in the “local public interest” (LPI) to do so. Theoretically, the LPI water policy is a way for the IDWR to take local values into consideration when it comes to proposed new water uses. It’s also an important way for local governments, communities and citizens to have a say in how water is used. Blaine County is the only county in Idaho with a formal policy of this kind. Learn more here.
Your Input Is Welcome — And Important!
By defining our local public interest, we not only express our principles in a positive collaborative process, but we also provide a basis for Blaine County’s interests in any water right application reviewed by IDWR. Blaine County wants to hear your voice regarding our precious water resources. Join ICL and others at the public commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Contact Josh if you would like a copy of the most recent draft to review.