Otter taps Stevenson, Barker for Water Resource Board

Rupert farmer John “Bert” Stevenson, former chairman of the Idaho Legislature’s House Resources and Conservation Committee, is still going to play a key role in the public policy issue he knows about the most, water.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed Stevenson to the Idaho Water Resource Board Tuesday ensuring that the Magic Valley will have strong representation on the board. He joins Vince Alberdi, the retired Twin Falls Canal Co. manager from Kimberly, who was reappointed.

Otter also appointed respected Boise water attorney Al Barker to the board that writes the state water plan, comprehensive basin plans and designates natural and protected rivers. It also provides financial assistance for water development and conservation projects.

Stevenson succeeds Leonard Beck of Burley, who served 12 years on the seven-member board. Barker takes over for outgoing Chairman Terry Uhling, subject to Senate approval. Former state representative and Pocatello mayor Roger Chase and Alberdi were reappointed tonew four-year terms.

The other members are Bob Graham from Bonners Ferry, Jeff Raybould from St. Anthony, Peter Van Der Meulen of Hailey and Charles Cuddy of Orofino.