A Boise engineering firm has beensoliciting developers to fund a $1.5 million feasibility study to take 368 acre feet a day from the Snake River so more houses can be built on the desert between Boise and Mountain Home.
According to the brochure in bold red letters: “DEVELOPMENT OF THESE LANDS WILL REQUIRE A NEW WATER WATER SUPPLY BEYOND LOCALLY AVAILABLE GROUND WATER.”
It appears to the GUARDIAN that all the “planned developments” are mere pie in the sky and there is not a water supply for all those planned developments that Team Dave and Ada County are touting for the area South and East of Boise…at least that is what SPF Water, an engineering firm specializing in water issues, is saying.
They note that limited ground water could “drastically limit development” of the area between Southeast Boise and Mountain home. The solution, according to these growthophiles, is a pipeline up to 5 feet in diameter to pump water from the Snake. The estimated cost–if it ever happens–is upwards of $400 million. While the growthophiles may come up with funds for the study, you can bet any construction of pipelines will come from the rest of us.
Based on figures provided by the Idaho Department of Water Resources, the 120,000,000 gallons of water (368 acre feet) currently provides irrigation to 21,000 acres of farm land. There is no more water in the Snake River to be allocated, so for this plan to work, it will take water rights already owned by someone else.
Idaho Power will be faced with the question of endorsing less water passing through their profitable dam turbines or more houses consuming profitable dam electricity.
Rather than thousands of eager buyers standing in line to purchase homes, we feel the greedy developers are working at ways to acquire rights to our public water in an effort to increase the population and create the need for more highways, cops, schools, sewers, and all the rest that comes with more bodies.
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