There have been about 4,000 claims filed so far in the North Idaho water adjudication from water-rights claimants in the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane River basin, interim Idaho Water Resources Director Gary Spackman told JFAC this morning. He said he estimates 13,000 claims will be filed as part of that basin-wide adjudication. Filing fees from those claims will cover the cost of a position to deal with the North Idaho adjudication, Spackman said.
Meanwhile, Spackman reported that budget cuts have cost the department roughly 40 positions. There were six positions cut last year, another six will be cut under current holdback recommendations, there are 15 vacancies and 21 temporary workers have been laid off.