Palouse Basin Water Summit workgroups
ORGANIZATION AND COORDINATED WATER MANAGEMENT
(This revised list was generated after the Organization & Coordinated Water Management Work Group combined with the Policy/Legal Work Group.)
- Establishing a public funding plan and regional water authority to manage water
- Speculate on implications of passing Washington initiative 933 and/or Idaho Proposition 2, both dealing with regulatory takings issues
- Can water be successfully managed with dissimilar values about conservation? What might motivate the community?
- What will be the likely projection of water needs for the Palouse Basin over the next 20 years under various scenarios (urban and rural land use)?
- How best should we fund the solution set needed to meet Palouse Basin water needs?
- This is the key to the solutions
- Need to organize a system for working groups to work within the next 12 months (administration, support facilities, facilitation etc.)
- Are inter-state compacts practical? Legal? Sustainable?
- What will it take to set up a Palouse Basin water supply district across the state line? Can we assess all residents in this district an annual fee for ensuring the water supply?
- Need to develop/revise interstate working agreements
- Establishing a cooperative tax base and solid legal agreements for this 2 state region
- Regional leadership (political) forum/organization needed, initiated by counties, multi-jurisdictional
- Outline legally defensible water resource decision-making process under uncertainty
- How can we decide when resource conditions are uncertain or information is contradictory?
2006 Palouse Water Summit
- Review regional funding plan
- Network and support the working groups
- Coordinate 2007 water summit
- Review decision making process guidelines for all groups to address uncertainty, conflicting values, rural/urban conflicts, legal defensibility
- "One stop shopping", virtual watershed basin website
Flip Chart Notes from the Individual Work Group Sessions
Recorded on 10/03/06