This study has three principal objectives:
Describe a "baseline scenario" without enhanced aquifer protection measures in terms of economic and financial measures and water quality and quantity characteristics.
Examine the economic and fiscal impacts, costs and benefits of enhanced protection for the LPRV.
The study will entail considerable secondary data collection throughout Bannock County and elsewhere in Idaho. Meetings with the Aquifer Protection Working Group and the public will launch the study and conclude it.
This report summarizes progress during the initial two months of this seven-month study effort. The report is divided into six additional sections following this initial background discussion:
Baseline Economic and Demographic Conditions defines the study area and provides a description of economic and demographic conditions at present and recent trends.
Baseline Water Quantity and Quality Conditions provides a physical description of the aquifer, discusses recharge and water use and principal water quality considerations in the LPRV.
Enhanced Aquifer Protection Scenario describes the objectives of enhanced aquifer protection and presents an initial description of the scenario of aquifer protection measures assumed for purposes of this study.
Types of Potential Economic Impacts and Benefits from Enhanced Protection discusses concerns raised in local interviews and other issues that will be examined during the course of this work.
Areas of Greatest Uncertainty describes limitations in available data and analysis.
Next Steps provides an outline of work to be completed Spring 2001 and corresponding schedule.