We know the Treasure Valley is growing at a rate that the population is expected to more than double over the next 50 years. This doesn’t mean our water use has to double, too. The communities of the Treasure Valley will have to decide how to achieve the growing need for water — and there are a lot of options. While water conservation is the most reliable and cheapest solution with the least impact, water conservation comes with many possibilities and solutions.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Water Resource Board is hosting an open house to share early stage information about a feasibility study for increasing water storage capacity within the Boise River system, particularly at Anderson Ranch Dam. A brief presentation will begin promptly at 6pm, followed by the opportunity to learn more and ask questions.
We encourage attendance and urge you to ask questions. This is a learning opportunity for Treasure Valley residents and for the BOR. Some things ICL is curious to learn: what other ideas are being considered besides a dam raise? How likely would the reservoir fill to its newly built capacity? Idahoans use the most water per person of people in any state and the second most agricultural water of any state; we can clearly do better. To that end, how do domestic and agricultural water use conservation measures fit in?