Attorney General Jim Jones is preparing legislation to declare that before any water can be exported from the state, there must be "clear evidence" that it cannot be beneficially used in Idaho.
He said Wednesday he started working on the legislation because of concerns voiced by the Idaho Water Users Association."Federal court decisions have placed limitations on what a state can do to prevent export of its waters," he said, in remarks prepared for a meeting of the American Falls Rotary Club.
"Our bill seeks to provide maximum protection for Idaho water, while not running afoul of claims that it unlawfully restricts interstate commerce," he said.
Jones said he is seeking input from the association, legislators and the state Department of Water Resources before the proposal will be submitted to the 1990 Legislature. He said Idaho must safeguard its water to assure that the state has enough to support future growth.