Lots of precip, reduced water use helped boost Idaho aquifer
3:13 PM, Jul 18, 2018
The water level in an Idaho aquifer increased 1.7 million acre-feet over last year.
The Capital Press reports it's the single largest increase in the water volume in more than 80 years.
Abundant precipitation during the past two years, recharge efforts, and reduced water use by farmers boosted the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
Idaho Water Resource Board member Vince Alberdi says two good winters, good carryover this year, a commitment by groundwater users to reduce consumptive use, the board’s efforts to increase recharge capacity, and funding by the Legislature all played a part in increasing water levels in the aquifer.
The Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer is a key element of southern Idaho's economy and covers approximately 10,800 square miles of Idaho.