In May 2017, Cat Creek Energy, LLC applied to draw 101,000 acre-feet of water from the South Fork of the Boise River water basin. This water would actually be pumped up to a new reservoir on Little Camas Prairie from Anderson Ranch Reservoir via a series of penstocks located across the lake from Evans Creek Campground.
This proposed new reservoir, Cat Creek Reservoir, is scheduled to be built just one mile or so north of Little Camas Reservoir and very close to three possible greater sage grouse nesting grounds, called a “lek.”
September 24, 2018, marked the deadline for individuals, groups and even other government agencies to file a protest against Cat Creek Energy’s water permit with the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR). By that deadline, 19 protests were filed against that water permit application.
Who Are Those 19 Protesters?
Here are just some of the names:
- The Boise office of the Bureau of Reclamation (https://www.usbr.gov/).
- The Idaho Conservation League (https://www.idahoconservation.org/).
- The Boise Project Board of Control (www.boiseproject.net/index.php?pg=about).
- SUEZ Water Idaho, Inc. (https://www.mysuezwater.com/idaho/about-us).
- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (https://idfg.idaho.gov/).
- The City of Boise City (https://www.cityofboise.org/).
- A consortium of water related companies and irrigation districts that include: Ballentyne Ditch Company, Boise Valley Irrigation Ditch Company, Canyon County Water Company, Eureka Water Company, Farmers’ Co-operative Ditch Company, Middleton Mill Ditch Company, Middleton Irrigation Association, Inc., Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District, New Dry Creek Ditch Company, Pioneer Ditch Company, Pioneer Irrigation District, Settlers Irrigation District, South Boise Water Company, and Thurman Mill Ditch Company.
- S Bar Ranch (Facebook @SBarRanch or https://www.facebook.com/SBarRanch/)
Again this is just eight of the 19 entities that filed a protest for many different and various legal/practical reasons.
These 19 protest letters filed with the Idaho Department of Water Resources tells us that the Cat Creek Energy pumped-storage hydroelectric facility is an ill-conceived plan.
“IDFG is concerned that the requested water diversion and associated hydroelectric project could adversely affect important public fisheries and Endangered Species Act protected bull trout populations within affected river and reservoir reaches of the Boise River system.” ~ Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Reference: Water-Permit-Protests-CatCreekEnergyOct2018.pdf at http://catcreek-energy.com/download/658/