By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Proponents of a hydroelectric/irrigation dam on the Bear River approximately 15 miles northeast of Preston were dealt a setback late Thursday when the program manager of the Idaho Water Resources denied a water right request critical for the project.
But Clair Bosen, president of Twin Lakes Irrigation Company, told The Citizen the company is pressing forward and will appeal the decision to the Idaho Department of Water Resources. The company has two weeks to ask the agency to reconsider its decision.
He said there were mistakes in the rejection of the water right application, particularly how downstream users in Utah would be impacted.
Idaho’s Water Resources Program Manager James Cefalo ruled as proposed, the Oneida Narrows Dam would interfere with downstream Bear River water rights in Utah and therefore is prohibited because of a compact Idaho has with Utah.
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