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First Annual AIC Municipal Water Users Summit Scheduled for October 25th in Boise

Posted By Seth Grigg, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016

AIC is pleased to announce the first ever AIC Municipal Water Users Summit will take place Tuesday, October 25th in Boise at the Wyndam Garden Hotel located at 3300 S Vista Ave. All city officials are invited to attend; however, the content of the meeting is targeted towards city elected officials, administrators, public works professionals, and other staff working directly in water, wastewater, and stormwater programs.

A registration fee is being charged in order to cover the costs associated with the renting the facility and providing lunch and refreshments. AIC members can register for the event for $65. Non-AIC members may attend; however, the registration fee for Non-AIC members is $95.  

AIC hopes this meeting will become an annual event that rotates around the state. The first meeting is being held in Boise to make travel easy on all of AIC’s members (easy airport access for those in the Panhandle and Palouse and is within a reasonable driving distance for those in the southern and eastern reaches of the state).

You can register for the summit by clicking here or copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:

While most of the day will be spent discussing current hot topic water policy issues affecting cities, a key component of the summit will be selecting regional representatives to serve on the AIC Municipal Water Users Group oversight board. While the AIC Board of Directors retains final policy decision making authority, the AIC Municipal Water Users Group will play a central role in developing AIC policy positions in areas of municipal water rights and water quality as well as play a critical role in tracking/discussing legal matters pending in court, and the development of regional efforts to improve the standing of municipalities in water matters. In order to provide representation for cities in the various water regions of the state, representatives will be selected from each of the Idaho Department of Water Resources four water regions. Each water region will select two city elected officials as a representative. Additionally, the AIC President is authorized to appoint one city elected official at large to serve on the oversight board. In addition to elected city officials, AIC is also looking for city staff with expertise in water (city engineers, public works professionals, and city administrators) to provide technical support and assist city elected officials in making policy decisions.

The breakdown of the four IDWR water reasons is as follow:

North Region: Cities in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone Counties.

West Region: Cities in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Idaho, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington Counties.

South Region: Cities in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Gooding, Jerome, Minidoka, Power, and Twin Falls Counties.

East Region: Cities in Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Oneida, and Teton Counties.

We hope you are able to join AIC for this timely summit. The event program, including descriptions is as follows:

8:00am: Registration Opens

9:00am: Welcome/Introductions/Why is AIC Convening City Officials to Discuss Water Policy

9:15am: Federal and State Water Quality Regulatory Issues Facing Cities

Presenter: Barry Burnell, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Summary: Barry and his team from DEQ will discuss with city officials the status of IPDES permitting, including expected fees, permit guidance development, and timelines for implementation; the status of EPA Region 10 MS4 Phase II permitting, including potential costs, timelines, and impacts on cities; and other issues affecting cities including EPA Region 10 plans to require reductions in allowed phosphorous levels in treated wastewater

10:30am: Refreshment Break

10:45am: Idaho’s Water Resources and Cities

Presenter: Matt Weaver, Idaho Department of Water Resources

Summary: Matt and his team from IDWR will discuss with city officials current water issues facing the state from the Eastern Snake Plane Aquifer all the way to the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. As part of the presentation IDWR will discuss administrative tools the department uses to manage Idaho’s water resources including recharge, adjudication, conjunctive management, and groundwater management areas, as well as how these management tools affect cities.

12:15pm: Lunch with Special Guest Roger Chase, Chairman of the Idaho Water Resources Board. As part of the lunch presentation, Roger will discuss his experience both as a mayor and chairman of the Idaho Water Recourses Board, ways that cities can work with the Board to address municipal water issues, and various grants and resources available from the Board to assist cities.

1:15 pm: Regional Caucus to Discuss Regional Water Issues and to Elect Regional AIC Municipal Water User Group Representatives

2:15pm: Refreshment Break

2:30pm: Development of Priorities to Address Municipal Water Needs

Facilitators: Seth Grigg, AIC Executive Director, Chris Bromley and Candice McHugh, AIC Water Legal Counsel, Tom Dupuis, AIC Environmental Consultant

Summary: AIC staff and consultants will discuss options with attendees next steps for addressing pending water related issues affecting cities including potential legislation.

4:00pm Adjourn

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