Public Hearings: Idaho Department of Water Resources

Earlier this summer, numerous Idahoans signed petitions requesting public hearings for changes the Idaho Department of Water Resources made regarding the following rules: Docket 37-0000-1900 for IDAPA 37.02.01 Comprehensive State Water Plan Rules and Docket 37-0000-1900F for IDAPA 37.03.07 Stream Channel Alterations Rules. The information regarding this hearing as published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin can be found here and here.

The purpose of this post is to announce that the hearings for those rules have been scheduled and to provide a brief background. 

At the close of the 2019 legislative session, the bill to approve the Idaho Administrative Code went unsigned – effectively leaving the entire code to expire on July 1, 2019. Many of the administrative rules were recently reauthorized as temporary rules by Governor Little, in order to keep the government functioning until the 2020 legislature re-convenes. All reauthorized temporary rules were required by Idaho code to seek public negotiations, comments, and allow for the calling of public hearings.  Locations where at least twenty-five people signed a petition to request a public hearing triggered the executive agency to visit the requested location.

Although the departments did not schedule hearings in each county where petitions were received, they do have a few scheduled. Below, please find the information on when and where those hearings will be held. We hope that you will be able to attend one or more of the hearings and encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors. If you cannot make the public hearing, please send in your comments by email to Rosemary DeMond at rosemary.demond@idwr.idaho.gov. If you have questions or are concerned as to why the agency decided to not come to your county, we encourage you to contact the agency director, Gary Spackman, at 208-287-4803.

Additionally, we have included a link where the information for other hearings currently scheduled this month can be found. We encourage you to review the list and attend any other hearings that are of interest to you: schedule for all public hearings.

COEUR D’ALENE IDAHO FALLS BOISE
September 11, 2019

6:30pm-8:30pm (PDT)

September 23, 2019

6:30pm-8:30pm MDT)

September 26, 2019

6:30pm-8:30pm (MDT)

Kootenai County

Administration Building

Conference Room 1A

451 Government Way

Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Bonneville County Courthouse

Centennial Courtroom

605 N. Capital Ave.

Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Idaho Department of Water Resources

Water Center Building

322 E. Front Street

Sixth Floor

Boise, ID 83702