Idaho group opposes Snake River bill

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The executive director of the Idaho Water Users Association says the group is against a federal bill to designate portions of the Snake River as "wild and scenic" because it could harm historic water rights.

Norm Semanko says the group is dead-set against any federal protection designation for a 42-mile stretch of the Snake River below Jackson dam.

That portion of the Snake River flows mostly in western Wyoming before reaching Palisades Reservoir in eastern Idaho.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to designate 387 miles of the Snake River as "wild and scenic."

That designation affords protection of parts of the river and its immediate environment.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.