Irrigation Water Drainage Development in the Treasure Valley, Scott L. Campbell

Moffatt Thomas attorney, Scott L. Campbell, penned this article, originally published in The Advocate in December 2010, and reprinted with permission in the September 2011 edition of Irrigation Leader.

On July 30, 1887, the Caldwell Tribune described that area of Idaho as “a resort for jack rabbits and badgers.”  The irrigation projects brought Boise River water to the land. In early 1886, two major canals began to deliver water to the area and allow development of irrigated farms and ranches.

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Scott L. Campbell practices in the areas of water, environmental, administrative, energy and agriculture (ranching and farming) law.  He has also handled matters involving real estate contract litigation, title insurance defense, municipal law, land development transactions, planning and zoning litigation, and legislative lobbying for several clients.  He is a frequent lecturer and writer on water resource and environmental topics.  Scott has been a member of the Idaho Water Users Association Legislative Committee since 1987.  He can be reached at or (208) 345-2000.  More information on the firm is available at