IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
MINIMUM STREAM FLOW
42-1507. Snake river water rights agreement minimum stream flow water rights established. (1) The legislature hereby establishes minimum stream flow water rights for the stream reaches identified by resolution of the Idaho water resource board, adopted February 8, 2005. The elements of the minimum stream flow water rights established by this section are as defined by the board’s resolution and the attachments thereto. The board shall hold the minimum stream flow water rights in trust for the people of the state of Idaho, and the board shall file claims for the rights in the Snake river basin adjudication. These minimum stream flow water rights shall have a priority date as of April 1, 2005, and shall be subordinated to future domestic, commercial, municipal, and industrial water uses and such other future uses as described in the December 17, 2004, resolution of the Idaho water resource board providing approval of the Snake River Water Rights Agreement of 2004 ("Mediator’s Term Sheet" dated April 20, 2004, and submitted on that date to the SRBA Court in SRBA Consolidated Subcase 03-10022 and SRBA Consolidated Subcase 67-13701, with all appendices to the document), as approved, ratified, and confirmed by the 108th Congress of the United States in the "Snake River Water Rights Act of 2004," Pub. L. No. 108-447 (H.R. 4818), 118 Stat. 3431 to 3441 (December 8, 2004).
(2) No fee shall be required in connection with the filing of claims in the Snake river basin adjudication for the minimum stream flow water rights established by this section.
(3) Any minimum stream flow water rights established by this section that are not capable of being maintained may be satisfied and maintained through operation of the water supply bank authorized by sections 42-1761 through 42-1765, Idaho Code, inclusive, and other available methods consistent with Idaho law.
(4) In the event the state decides to change any minimum stream flow water rights created by this section, it will provide notice of such change and consult with the Nez Perce tribe on a government-to-government basis as provided in the Snake River Water Rights Agreement of 2004. Provided however, nothing herein or in the Snake River Water Rights Agreement of 2004 shall be construed or interpreted to abridge, impair or limit the authority of the state of Idaho to create, modify or terminate any minimum stream flow water right established by this section.
(5) This section shall not become effective until the governor issues a proclamation certifying that all conditions for the effectiveness of the Snake River Water Rights Agreement of 2004 have been satisfied.
[42-1507, added 2005, ch. 150, sec. 1, p. 466.]