Friday, September 16, 2005

Hearing to focus on county water rights

Water right claims in Blaine County will take center stage Tuesday, Sept. 20, when the Snake River Basin Adjudication Court holds a public meeting in the county courthouse in Hailey.

Blaine County residents with claims in the SRBA are encouraged to learn more about the process and observe the proceedings, which will be run by Judge John M. Melanson. The SRBA has settled over 114,000 water rights claims in the state in the past 20 years, and now claims "the end is in sight."

The session begins at 10 a.m. with a public information meeting. Representatives from the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the SRBA will be available to answer questions.

"The decisions that will come out of this adjudication process will have far-reaching effects on thousands of water users," Judge Melanson said in a press release. "I feel it is important that the public have the opportunity to see the process firsthand."

The Snake River Basin encompasses approximately 87 percent of Idaho. The SRBA was launched in 1987 to sort out water disputes and claims in the basin.

Recommendations have now been prepared on more than 90 percent of all claims filed in the SRBA.

If you go

What: Snake River Basin Adjudication Court

Where: Blaine County Courthouse, 201 Second Avenue South, Hailey.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

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