Rathdrum Prairie Comprehensive Aquifer Management Planning

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The Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer

View the final RP CAMP adopted by the IWRB

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The Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer (RPA) in Northern Idaho is a valuable and significant resource to the region and the state of Idaho. Lying under parts of Kootenai and Bonner counties, the aquifer is a key part of the regional water resources, which make the area a magnet for economic growth and an attractive place to live and work. The region produces approximately 8 percent of goods and services in the state of Idaho resulting in an estimated value of $4 billion. Beyond the economic value to the state, the region provides cultural and social benefits throughout the bi-state Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie in Washington and Idaho.

Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan for the RPA

The final document presents a Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (Plan) for the RPA. The Plan provides a framework for long-range management of the aquifer. The Plan describes the overarching goals and recommended actions that can be implemented to successfully accomplish the stated goals for local residents, the state of Idaho, and to promote productive regional cooperation to benefit the area over the next 50 years.

At the direction of the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) and Idaho Legislature, the Plan was developed collaboratively by the Rathdrum Prairie CAMP Advisory Committee. The Committee submitted a recommended Plan to the Board for their consideration and adoption. The Board formally adopted the Plan at their July 29, 2011, Board meeting and will submit the Plan to the 2012 Idaho Legislature for final action.

The IWRB developed the following goals for the statewide Comprehensive Aquifer Management Planning effort (CAMP):

  • Provide reliable sources of water, projecting 50 years into the future
  • Develop strategies to avoid conflicts over water resources
  • Prioritize future state investments in water
  • Bridge the gaps between future water needs and supply

Based on the four goals, the Advisory Committee developed the following vision for the Plan:

“Provide a sustainable source of high-quality groundwater for current and future economic, social, and environmental benefits, and preserve the exceptional quality and reliability of the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.”

Public involvement was a vital part of the process. Public scoping and the advisory committee were integral parts of the Plan development.

Read more information about the Advisory Committee