Devil’s Corral Water Rights

Devil’s Corral Water Rights

Current Status:
FAVORABLY-DISMISSED

Case Title:
In the Matter of Application for Permit No. 36-7999 (Devils Corral LLC)

Staff attorney(s):
Bryan Hurlbutt

Client(s):

Committee for Idaho’s High Desert

To Protect:

Snake River
Fish Habitat
Clean Water

Date won/settled:
June 14, 2014

States:
Idaho

Updates:

June 14, 2018 – In collaboration with the Idaho Conservation League (ICL), CIHD filed a successful Motion for Summary Judgment, and the Idaho Department of Water Resources rejected Devil’s Corral LLC’s attempt to game the system. Now, Devil’s Corral LLC must amend the old water right application if it wishes to move forward, the application’s “priority date” will be advanced, and the public will be given notice and a fair opportunity to get involved.

Case Information:

February 27, 2018 – Advocates for the West represents the Committee for Idaho’s High Desert (CIHD) in this water right protest. Devil’s Corral Spring is a 3/4-mile long river that flows into the Snake River just upstream of Shoshone Falls. Fed by the Snake River Plain Aquifer, Devil’s Corral Spring is clean and free flowing refuge for fish living in the highly degraded mid-Snake River. Devil’s Corral LLC wants to build a residential development, event center, and recreation facilities with zip lines and waterslides in the Snake River canyon northeast of Twin Falls. As part of its development plan, Devil’s Corral LLC seeks a water right for the entire flow of the Spring so it can construct numerous dams and stocked fishing ponds throughout Devil’s Corral.

Instead of applying for a new water right, Devil’s Corral LLC tried to piggyback on an old, languishing water right application from the early 1980s to avoid public involvement and circumvent requirements of current Idaho water law.

 

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