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Subject: Water Sustainability
Date: 18-Sep-16

Just a reminder from our chapter meeting the other night, the deadline on the Idaho Water Resource Board’s proposed sustainability policy is September 30, 2016. Comments can be submitted by email to SWP@idwr.idaho.gov; by postal mail to IWRB, ATTN: SWP, P. O. Box 83720-0098, Boise, ID 83720-0098

It would be great if Ted Trueblood Chapter members provide comments to the Water Resource Board. Some possible topics include:

· There is virtually no mention of sustaining Idaho’s fisheries by ensuring adequate stream flows in the plan. Idaho’s way of life is not sustainable if our fisheries are not protected.

· Fish and fishing are an important part of Idaho’s economy and the Board’s policy must explicitly recognize that it must be sustained.

· Fishing is an important family activity in Idaho and the Board’s policy must explicitly recognize that it must be sustained.

· Fishing is a constitutionally protected activity in Idaho. The Board’s policy must explicitly protect this constitutional right.

· Climate change is the greatest threat facing our water resources and fisheries. The Board’s policy should reflect that adapting to climate change is the greatest sustainability challenge going forward.

· Flexibility in changing the uses of water and encouraging market-based solutions to water needs are critical for adapting to climate change impacts. Inflexible, hard solutions such as surface water dams could quickly be rendered obsolete or useless. Dams are for the most part the very definition of “unsustainable.”

· Collaboration and locally-based forums provide the most sustainable solutions for water problems going forward. The Board’s policy should encourage the establishment and support of such forums.

These are just a few ideas that could help generate testimony to the Board. If you are interested in this topic it would be a good use of your time to look at the draft sustainability policy at this link: Proposed Change to the State Water Plan - New Sustainability Section - https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/IWRB/water-planning/state-water-plan.html

Subject: RE: Water Sustainability
Email: lamar.holtze@wildmail.com
Date: 21-Mar-17

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