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Municipal Water Users Group

The primary purpose of the AIC Municipal Water Users Group (MWU) is to make recommendations to the AIC Board regarding all municipal water matters within the Association including, but not limited to, water rights issues, water quality issues, and storm water issues. The Group is also authorized to review litigation related to water matters and make recommendations to the Board to participate in legal matters relating to municipal water issues including, but not limited to, amicus and intervention.  The Bylaws allow AIC to levy financial assessments on the Group’s member cities, but that would likely only happen in the case of litigation or a more serious issue that required consulting or legal expertise.

The Municipal Water Users Group was envisioned by the AIC Executive Committee during December 2016.  In response, the Bylaws were updated and, during the October 2016 Water Summit, AIC facilitated nominations.  The AIC Bylaws permanently establish this Committee under Article IX (9).  This Article sets forth the Group structure, and terms.  The general structure is for 2 representatives, each with 2-year terms, from each of the corresponding IDWR water regions.  Current MWU Group representatives are:

  • Water Region 1: Walter Steed, Moscow City Councilmember, and VACANT
  • Water Region 2: Nathan Leigh, Mayor of Parma, and VACANT
  • Water Region 3: Randy Hawkins, Burley City Councilmember, and Bob Culver, Jerome City Councilmember (CHAIR)
  • Water Region 4: Rebecca Casper, Mayor of Idaho Falls, and Terry Larson, Preston City Councilmember
  • AIC President Appointment (At Large/Statewide): Brad Andersen, Mayor of Iona

The MWU Group is required to meet at least annually, typically associated with the AIC Annual Conference and/or the AIC Annual Water Summit; with an additional meeting just prior to each Legislative Session.  Primary administrative staffing for the Group will be provided by AIC staff, with Johanna Bell serving as the primary staff contact going forward. Legal counsel services under contract with AIC shall also be available as needed and as budgeted.  

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