BOISE — Recent water level monitoring data shows the volume of water stored in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer has increased by about 350,000 acre-feet in the past year and 2.2 million acre-feet in the past five years, officials told the Idaho Water Resource Board Thursday.

Mike McVay, an IDWR hydrogeologist, explained his method for estimating the change in the volume of water stored int he ESPA, which relies on water level measurements from 269 ground water wells and a conservative approach to provide more confidence in long-term trends.

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