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Idaho Water Handbook

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In Idaho, water flows west from the mountains.

For more than a century-and-a-half, we have attempted to control this precious resource — storing it, measuring it, diverting it, and using it to power cities.

With those efforts have come not only the physical structures but also a legal framework for determining winners and losers. In good water years, almost everyone's a winner. But lately those good water years have been in short supply, leaving experts to search for answers.

What can the past and present tell us about the future of water in Idaho? Outdoor Idaho explores the way forward.