In the process of data collection and documentation review, a number of key stakeholders were encountered. Below we shortlist four stakeholders that would be interesting to get more acquainted with:
Treasure Valley Water User Association:
Developed to address the need for coordinated collaboration among Treasure Valley water delivery entities for the mutual benefit of their respective water users. The activities are related to Information sharing, education to association members, public awareness and outreach to Treasure Valley residents, communities, governmental entities, businesses and others, and advocacy regarding issues of common concern. The TVWUA is very active in the legal process on flood-control infringements on reservoir storage rights (see above). The TVWUA membership comprises of voting members (irrigation districts, irrigation (ditch) companies and a water company) and non-voting members that constitute mostly the farming community but also McCain Foods USA. The TVWUA is a good contact and entry point into the network of irrigators and farmers in the Lower Boise River, although in its communications somewhat political.
Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN): Network of people that live, work and play in the Boise River watershed dedicated to promoting the ecological enhancement of the river. Carries out an informative, forward-looking Plan to improve water quality, aquatic and riparian habitat and stream channel function from Lucky Peak Dam to the Snake River. BREN is an environmental NGO comprised of members and a coordinating team that strive for:“The Boise River is recognized as a valuable resource by all communities in the Treasure Valley. Boise River Enhancement Network participants envision a healthy Boise River that enriches the Valley’s quality of life.” The BREN has developed a multiyear river enhancement plan, it has a good repository of information and its goals are:
• Providing a forum for stakeholders to share information, ideas, technical expertise
• Promoting research and providing educational programs
• Partnering with stakeholders to prioritize and implement enhancement work
University of Idaho:
During different stages of the study the University of Idaho publications and research were encountered and used. A good example of their great work is the innovative Climate Engine (2018) (co-developed by the University of Idaho) that was used in the calculations of Evapotranspiration for the Lower Boise catchment water balance. The study clearly shows that knowledge and information is key for the management and sustainable use of water. In future endeavors to work on sustainable water use in Idaho, the University of Idaho would be a key partner.
Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR):
Logically any work in the field of water should somehow be linked with the water related government authorities. In this case a key entry point is the IDWR, it is the Idaho State water authority responsible for water allocation, water compliance,planning and projects, information and geospatial data services. From 2002 to 2004, the University of Idaho and IDWR led the Treasure Valley Hydrologic Project (TVHP). The TVHP was formed to provide technical information in order to create a framework for future water management. Outreach of the TVHP included a Treasure Valley Water Summit, held in 2002, a community-wide discussion about Treasure Valley water issues (Urban, 2004 and Petrich, 2004b). We found no data about more recent summits. The 2002 water summit indicates that a kind of platform for discussion of water topics in the Treasure Valley has been created in the past. The current status of the platform is not known but this clearly goes in the direction of stakeholder engagement for water stewardship.