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Moreover, aquiers throughout heregion are starting to dry up. TeEastern Snake River Plane Aquier hasdecreased in size over the past decade.Between 2001 and 2002, some areasin the aquier dropped by ve eet, andother areas have allen by up to 60 eetover a 20-year period.
Although thestate has legislated unds to help pay or the $100 million replenishment o this aquier, 70% o the costs willbe paid by water users
Idaho currently generates about our-ths o its electricity rom hydro-electric plants throughout the state.
However, alling summer stream levels will cause a drop in hydroelectricpower supply, leading to power short-ages.
Every 1% drop in stream ow can result in a 3% drop in powergeneration
Idahoans currently spend nearly $3 billion on imported energy sources,
with costs expected to rise as stream levels all
Idaho Potatoes and Cattle
Idaho is home to over 25,000 armsand ranches, with a combined outputo just under $6.5 billion. Te state’stop commodities are cattle, dairy products, and potatoes. Potatoesalone brought in nearly $785 millionin 2009, producing over 23% o thiscommodity’s value or the country.
Unortunately or ans o Idahopotatoes, temperatures could increase 6.75 by �100 a concomi- by �100 a concomi-by �100 a concomi-tant 18% reduction in potato yieldscould lead to a
loss o over $141million annually
Furthermore,potatoes are an irrigated crop, so ascompetition or water and the numbero summer droughts increases, produc-tion costs will rise.
Cattle and dairy products broughtin almost $2.5 billion in 2009. Butcattle begin to suer rom heat stressat approximately 85ºF, and becomemore uncomortable as the heat andhumidity increases.
Under heatstress, the animals are not able toproduce as much milk, gain weight,or reproduce as well.
I temperaturescontinue to rise, this multi-billiondollar industry could see signicantlosses.
In �007, Idaho was home to the 6
largest U.S. wildfre since 1960
Tat year the state had 349 res(which burned six times the averageacreage). Te 10 largest res cost thestate over $15 million—not includingthe cost to repair private property.
Te drier conditions presentthroughout the state rom decreases insummer rainall create res that burnlonger and burn larger areas. In 1991,the orest service spent 13% o itsbudget on ghting res. Just 15 yearslater, this gure jumped to 45%.
ourism generates $3.4 billion orIdaho each year
Wildlie viewingand other outdoor activities alonegenerate about $2.2 billion each year,over 5% o the GSP, and support37,000 jobs across the state. I thenatural habitats, including nationalorests, that tourists come to see aredestroyed, then this multi-billiondollar industry, the amilies it employs,and the amilies it services will alsosuer.
Pay Now: The Beneftso Taking Action
Impresively, jobs in Idaho’s cleanenergy industry grew by 126%between 1998 and 2007, the highestannual growth rate in the nation. Andthe industry attracted almost $28million in venture capital investmentduring this period.
The Sustainable Forest Initiative
Te orestry industry, which generated$490 million in 2007,
has developedregulations to ensure the sustain-ability o their practices. Te Sustain-able Forest Initiative works to ensurelong-term orest productivity throughsoil preservation, prompt reoresta-tion ater harvest, aorestation, andprotection o waterways and wildlie.
By tapping into its biomass, Idaho hasbegun to wean itsel o o importedenergy sources;
by tapping into otherrenewables it can create economicopportunities at home.
Idaho currently ranks 13
in windpower potential,
with more than
Source: Bureau o Economic Analysis
Idahoan LaborForce Projected tobe Directly Affected