Magic Valley Water Users Can Pump for Now
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (TIMES NEWS)- Groundwater users affected by the recent Rangen water call will keep their water flowing — for now.
Judge Eric Wildman of the Snake River Basin Adjudication Court ruled Thursday to grant a stay on the massive curtailment order issued by Gary Spackman, director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources.
The Times News reports Rangen owns senior water rights in the 157,000-acre curtailment area, which encompasses 14 cities, 200 livestock operations and many businesses and food processors. The company made a call on its water rights last June to recharge its diminished spring-water supply.
Wildman gave the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators (IGWA) until Feb. 7 to deliver fresh water from Magic Springs through its nearly 2-mile pipeline to Rangen’s fish hatchery near Hagerm