BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Millions of gallons of water will be sent into eastern Idaho irrigation canals this October and November, all part of the Idaho Water Resource Board's 2009 plan to help pump up the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.

Exactly how much water gets released into the canals depends on several factors, including weather.

The idea is, the water that's released is meant to seep into cracks in the canals and eventually make it into the big aquifer that supplies the region with much of its water.

The plan, approved recently by the board that oversees the water system that's the liquid backbone of the Idaho economy, foresees a majority the recharge happening below the American Falls Reservoir.

Altogether, the board set aside $200,000 for the work and between 30,000 and 60,000 acre feet could be released.

An acre foot is enough water to cover one acre with a foot of water.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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