January 11, 2007

Water Rights Showdown

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering one of the most significant water rights cases to ever impact the state. If the high court upholds a district court ruling, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland could dry up. Municipal water supplies could be put at risk. Economic development in Eastern Idaho could come to a halt.

If the Court overturns the ruling, it would change the primary legal basis for water law in the state, doctrines older than the state itself. Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests review the details of the issue and discuss what actions legislators might propose in light of the legal consequences of the case.