Proposed Water Supply Bank rental by Fremont Madison Irrigation District
Notice is hereby given pursuant to IDAPA rule 37.02.03.030.02 (Water Supply Bank rule 30.02) that Fremont Madison Irrigation District, P.O. Box 15, St. Anthony, ID, 83445, filed an application to rent portions of irrigation water right numbers 21-72C and 21-13060, appurtenant to a toal of 160.6 acres from the Water Supply Bank from 2017 through 2020. The proposed rental would use up to 562.1 acre feet and 3.2 cubic feet per second of the waters of the Fall River tributary to the Henrys Fork River for ground water recharge at Hughes Pond (aka Paradise Pond) in Fremont County.
Comments may be submitted based on the criteria of Idaho Code § 42-1763. Comments should be filed in writing to the Idaho Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0098, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 3, 2017.
Ground Water Modeling of ESPA Rental Requests
The Water Supply Bank has issued new guidance standards on how to model rentals from the ESPA. Applicants should carefully review the new modeling guidance to ensure their rental requests are correctly modeled. Erroneous modeling may be returned to applicants, resulting in the delay or denial of approval of a rental request. Please visit the Reports & Resources tab for more information.
Water Supply Bank Processing Calendar
IDWR dedicates staffing resources to the Water Supply Bank based on Departmental priorities. The Water Supply Bank calendar outlines administrative and programmatic priorities.
The Water Supply Bank prioritizes the processing of lease proposals during the fall, prior to prioritizing the processing of rental requests during winter and spring months, to ensure timely approvals before the commencement of the irrigation season. The Water Supply Bank is least active during the summer when Departmental staff are reassigned to assist with other Departmental initiatives.
Subject to staffing resources, lease proposals received during winter, spring, and summer months might not be processed until the subsequent fall, whereas rental requests received during summer and fall might be subject to delayed processing, or they will be returned to the applicant or held for a future rental years. Individuals who are considering submitting a water right lease proposal or rental request should consider all information available under the Administration tab prior to submitting their applications.
Lease/Rental Transaction Packages
Beginning November 1, 2015, the Water Supply Bank will endeavor to expeditiously process all lease/rental (companion package) transactions. Rental requests that can be fully satisfied by companion water right lease proposals will not be separated and will instead be processed as one package. Rental requests will be dependent upon viable leases; if a water right lease does not fully, sufficiently satisfy the rental request, the rental request will be only partially approved based on the water supplied by the lease. If a water right lease is not viable, the accompanying rental request might be denied or returned to the applicant. Applicants considering lease/rental companion packages are therefore advised to ensure that they have fully evaluated the viability of a water right lease prior to submitting an accompanying rental request. If a companion rental request is approved for less than a the rental amount requested by the applicant (because of an insufficient lease proposal), an additional rental request should be submitted by the applicant if they intend to fully rent the originally-intended amount of water.
Interim Ground Water Rental Policy for the Wood River Valley
To protect prior appropriators and ensure optimal administration of rental requests in the Wood River Valley, the Water Supply Bank has implemented an interim ground water rental policy for 2015. All ground water rental requests for the Wood River Valley should consider the interim ground water rental policy prior to submitting rental requests for 2015. Click here to read the Water Supply Bank Interim Ground Water Rental Policy for the Wood River Valley.