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Priest Lake Update, September 2022:

IDWR will begin drawing down Priest Lake on October 10th this year.  Flows through the Outlet Dam will increase daily to achieve the winter lake level by November 1.

For more information, visit Lake Management or contact IDWR’s Northern Region Office at (208) 762-2800.

Lemhi Basin Streamflow Maintenance Workshops –  IDWR will host two workshops in September to assist water users with filing applications for Lemhi Basin Streamflow Maintenance water rights.

  • September 13-14, at the Salmon IDFG Office
  • September 15, at the Leadore Community Center

File Application for Lemhi Basin Streamflow Maintenance Online: File an Application for a New Water Right

For more information, visit the Lemhi Basin Comprehensive Settlement Agreement page, or contact IDWR’s Water Rights Section at (208) 287-4800.

Upper Salmon River Water District 170 Proposed Expansion – On August 17, 2022, the Department issued a preliminary order expanding, modifying, combining, and abolishing water districts in the Upper Salmon River Basin.

Preliminary Order Expanding, Modifying, Combining, and Abolishing Water Districts

For more information, visit the Active Districts page, Water District 170, or contact IDWR’s Water Distribution Section at (208) 287-4800.

Big Wood River Ground Water Management Area – On May 17, 2022, the Department issued an order suspending further action on certain applications to appropriate water in the Big Wood River Groundwater Management Area.

BWRGWMA Notice of Moratorium

For more information:

IDWR Moratorium Orders

Big Wood Ground Water Management Area Advisory Committee

North Idaho Water UsersIDWR is sending out commencement notices for the Clark Fork – Pend Oreille (CFPRB) Adjudication in 5 mailing groups through 2022.

  • File Online – The new online portal to file an Adjudication Claim or submit a Water Right Application for Permit is now available. Printable forms are available here.

For more information:

Northern Idaho Adjudication Brochure

Priest Lake Management

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