UI Financial Crisis Leads to Funding Cut to Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee

The University of Idaho’s financial crisis has led to a funding cut to the organization that is trying to stabilize the local ground water supply.  The UI has eliminated its annual 20,000 dollar research allocation to the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee.  PBAC has been spending the money on trying to identify alternatives to the region’s main ground water supply which continues to decline.  The UI was one of four local partners that allocate 20,000 dollars annually for PBAC research.

PBAC Executive Manger Korey Woodley says they will be seeking alternative funds to try and make up for the loss of research money from the UI.  She says the group will not ask the other local research funding partners for more money.  Those entities are Washington State University and the cities of Pullman and Moscow.  The UI is still helping to fund PBAC’s administrative budget with 27,000 dollars a year. 

The institution is trying to solve a growing financial deficit which is expected to reach 22 million dollars.  The UI is considering possible outsourcing, layoffs and program cuts to balance its budget.