News Letter 9/16/2020

Big Lost River Ground Water District

Phone and Fax    208-591-3982   208-731-9214

September 16, 2020

Ground Water User:

The year has been interesting.  Hopefully you and yours have remained healthy while missing the Covid virus, fires, drought, horrendous wind, home schooling, presidential election, commodity prices, etc.   If you missed these events, you were not in our Valley!!   It’s been CRAZY!!

There are three Division Director positions available to be filled this November.  If you are a ground water user in Division 7, 5, or 2 and would like to serve on the Board, please contact Debbie (208)731-9214.  The nomination forms are available no earlier than September 18, 2020 at the BLRGWD office.  The completed nomination form is to be returned to the office no later than October 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2020.  Forms will be available on the door if the office is closed.

A summary of our year’s progress will be delivered at the Budget and Annual Meeting October 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the BIC Center.   Come meet the Directors and give your suggestions.  They appreciate your comments that help improve our Ground Water District.

The 2020 ground water bills will be coming out in November.  As you get yours, please feel free to look up your water rights on the Idaho Department of Water Resources Website.  (see directions attached).  Enclosed you will find a sample of a water right.  This site has lots of information on it, such as documents, maps and pedigree of your water.  Check to be sure we have the correct water right number, that it is in the correct name, your current address is listed,  and the number of CFS are correct.  Don’t be intimidated by the tabs, buttons, etc.  You can’t hurt the site and you can’t change anything without going to IDWR.  So have some fun looking up lots of ‘stuff’.

Also, remember that the billing for usage you will be receiving is prorated for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 years.  (not 2020!!)  If you used 175 CFS for 2016, 225 CFS for 2017, and 321 CFS for 2018, your average would be 240 CFS.  These CFS measurements (also call usage) of your well are gathered throughout the growing season every year.

You will probably be getting a bill from Water District 34 and the Big Lost River Irrigation District.  Our bill has a pump on it.

We have been asked by those with small water rights that don’t have a use for them or cannot get them “what should I do with my water rights?   If this sounds like you, give the office a call.  We can direct you to the right person who can give you ideas on how to preserve them.

The Idaho Legislature revised how Ground Water Districts levy assessments and apportion mitigation plan obligations.  Now the Ground Water Districts can request IDWR to restrict diversions owned/operated by Ground Water District Patrons who are either delinquent in paying their assessment or not complying with their proportionate share of a mitigation plan.  These statutes do not authorize IDWR to consider request for restriction of payment levied by the Ground Water District prior to April 1, 2019.   Meaning the IDWR will handle any delinquent accounts by restricting water delivery.  The liens that we have thus far remain in place. 

To verify these updated statues, see Idaho Code 42-5232, Idaho Code 42-5244A, and Idaho Code 42-5244B 

In summary:

  • Mark your calendar for the BLRGWD Budget and Annual Meeting October 7, 2020.    
  • Come get a nomination form to serve on the BLRGWD Board
  • Look up your Water Rights

See you at the meeting,

Debbie Broadie

Office Manager

For the Big Lost River Ground Water District

P.S.  If you have moved, please advise IDWR of your new address.