This page provides sources for learning about irrigation and hydroelectric projects in Idaho. More detailed information about the Teton Dam is available on our Teton Dam Disaster page. For information on the effect of dams on fish, see our page about Salmon. For information about the Columbia River Treaty, see our page on the treaty.
Organizations and Information Sources
- Bonneville Power Administration
- Columbia River Systems Operations
- CorpMaps: National Inventory of Dams, United States Army Corps of Engineers
- EnviroAtlas, United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Idaho Department of Water Resources
- Library of Congress digital collections
- United States Army Corp. of Engineers Walla Walla District
- United States Bureau of Reclamation
- Columbia River Systems Operations (CRSO)
- Idaho Department of Water Resources
- Irrigation, Idaho Department of Water Resources
- Anderson Ranch Powerplant Third Unit, Idaho, Boise Project, Idaho-Oregon: feasibility report. United States. Dept. of the Interior. Water and Power Resources Service. Pacific Northwest Region, 1981.
- The Bureau of Reclamation. Denver, Colorado: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior; Washington, DC: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2006.
- Clements, Louis J. Teton flood: June 5, 1976 revisited. Rexburg, Idaho: Upper Snake River Valley Historical Society, 1991
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Electric Power Regulation. North Fork Payette River project, FERC no. 2930-Idaho. Washington, D.C.: The Office : Division of Public Information, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [distributor], 1981.
- Fiege, Mark. Irrigated Eden: the making of an agricultural landscape in the American West. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.
- Foote, Arthur DeWint. Report on the feasibility of irrigating and reclaiming certain desert lands between the Snake and Boise Rivers in Ada County, Idaho, and of other projects connected therewith. New York: Printed by E.O. Jenkins, 1883.
- Foote, Arthur DeWint. Report on the Irrigating & Reclaiming of Certain Desert Lands in Idaho: and other projects connected therewith. [Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], 1887.1887. Read it online, here.
- Grace, Stephen. Dam Nation: how water shaped the West and will determine its future. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press, 2012.
- Hydropower sites of the United States, developed and undeveloped : river basin maps showing site locations (conventional, pumped storage, retired). Scale 1:250,000-1:2,500,000. Washington, D.C.: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Electric Power Regulation, 1981.
- Idaho Department of Water Resources. Inventory of dams in the State of Idaho. Boise, Idaho: Idaho Dept. of Water Resources, 1977.
- Idaho Department of Water Resources. Soda Springs Dam feasibility study. Boise, Idaho: Idaho Water Resource Board, 1981.
- Idaho Water Resource Board. State of Idaho Water Resource Inventory, 2010. https://www.idwr.idaho.gov/waterboard/WaterPlanning/PDFs/2010_Resource-Inventory.pdf. Accessed October 1, 2018.
- Interviews conducted and transcribed by Louise Ann Watson; interviews indexed and edited by Brit Allan Storey. Two interviews on the Minidoka Project: August 1990: Mildred (“Millie”) Culley Fournier, Ann Johnson Weeks and Floyd (“Mike”) Weeks. Denver, Colo.: Bureau of Reclamation, Oral History Program, 1993.
- James, George Wharton. Reclaiming the Arid West. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1917.
- Jones, Jim. A Little Dam Problem. Caldwell, Idaho : Caxton Press, 2016.
- Linenberger, Toni Rae.Dams, dynamos, and development: the Bureau of Reclamation’s power program and electrification of the west / Toni Rae Linenberger with initial assistance from Leah S. Glaser. Washington, DC : Bureau of Reclamation : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2002.
- McDonald, Dylan J. The Teton Dam Disaster. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Pub., 2006.
- Minidoka Powerplant rehabilitation & enlargement Minidoka Project, Idaho-Wyoming: feasibility. Boise, Idaho: U.S. Department of the Interior, Water and Power Resources Service, Pacific Northwest Region, 1981.
- Pacific Northwest Region, Water and Power Resources Service, U.S. Department of the Interior in cooperation with Idaho Department of Fish and Game [and others]. Anderson Ranch Powerplant Third Unit, Boise Project, Idaho : draft environmental statement feasibility. United States. Department of the Interior. Water and Power Resources Service. Pacific Northwest Region.
Boise, Idaho: The Region, 1981.
- Preston, Howard A. A history of the Walla Walla District. Walla Walla, Washington: U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, 1970.
- Rast, Ella Marie. The Whole Dam Story: the drowning and rising of a river city in the West. Bloomington, Indiana: 1stBooks Library, 2004.
- Seitz, Harold R., and Michael L. JonesFlow characteristics and water-quality conditions in the Spokane River, Coeur d’Alene Lake to Post Falls Dam, northern Idaho. Prepared in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Environment. Boise, Idaho: U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1981.
- Tudor Engineering Company. Barber Dam rehabilitation project: report to the Governor for approval of state construction. Boise: Idaho Water Resource Board, 1976.
- U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Upper Columbia alternative flood control and fish operations interim implementation, Libby and Hungry Horse dams, Montana, Idaho, and Washington: draft environmental assessment. Seattle, Washington: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2002.
- U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration. Columbia River System Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement. EIS Number 20200158. 08/31/2020.
- .S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dams and Control Works. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1929.
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Anderson Ranch Dam and Powerplant: technical record of design and construction. Denver, Colorado: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 1956.
- U.S. Congress Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Hells Canyon project, Idaho-Oregon. : Hearings before the Subcommittee on Irrigation and Reclamation of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Eighty-fourth Congress, first session, on S. 1333, a bill to authorize the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River between Idaho and Oregon, and for related purposes … Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1955-57.
- U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. State-of-practice for the nonlinear analysis of concrete dams at the Bureau of Reclamation. [Denver, Colorado?]: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation; Springfield, Virginia: Available from National Technical Information Service, Operations Division, 2006.
- U.S. Office of Electric Power Regulation. North Fork Payette River project, FERC no. 2930-Idaho. Washington, DC: The Office: Division of Public Information, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [distributor], 1981.
- Warnick, C. C., and Jeffrey R. Filler, Phillip J. Vance. Potential hydroelectric energy resources of Idaho: a contract report to the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Moscow, Idaho: Idaho Water and Energy Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho, 1981.
- Young, Loyd L., and J.L. Colbert. Waterpower Resources of Idaho: A summary of gross theoretical waterpower with descriptions of developed projects and of the structures estimated to be required at underdeveloped sites. Open-file report 1965. Portland, Oregon: United States Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Conservation Division, 1965.
Updated by Ronnie Joiner on July 15, 2021.