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18 October 2016   Leslie Hoy

The Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) brings information about water in Yavapai County and the Verde River.


CWAG Nov. 12 meeting: Yavapai County Supervisors Talk About Water. What are Yavapai County's responsibilities when it comes to growth and water? Do State laws help or hinder?

In a presentation titled, "Yavapai County Government Is Not in the Water Business, BUT . . . ," Yavapai County District 4 Supervisor Craig Brown and District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman will look at what local government can and can’t do within the limitations of State Statutes when they speak to the Citizens Water Advocacy Group on Saturday, Nov. 12. The meeting takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset in Prescott (two blocks behind True Value). 

Williamson Valley, Chino Valley, Paulden, and the northern part of Prescott are among the 12 cities, towns and communities in District 4. After retiring from a career in law enforcement in Los Angeles County, Supervisor Brown and his wife Sandi moved to Williamson Valley in 2005.

District 2 encompasses 21 towns and communities, including Camp Verde, Cornville, Dewey-Humboldt, Prescott Country Club, and part of Prescott Valley. Supervisor Thurman took office in 2005 and is in his third term as a County Supervisor. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors three times. 

The program will conclude with an audience Q&A. For more info, call 445-4218 or e-mail info@cwagaz.org


Prescott/Prescott Valley/SRP issue

Third Annual Report under Comprehensive Agreement #1. This is the third annual report describing the progress of the Monitoring and Modeling Committees (Committees) established by Comprehensive Agreement #1 (CA#1). Since late 2012, the Committees have worked toward implementing the Data Collection and Monitoring Plan (DCMP) attached to CA#1, including installation of monitoring equipment required to generate the data sets necessary for an improved groundwater flow model, to establish long-term hydrologic records and to provide information for future adaptive management approaches in the basin. This document contains the background for the overall project, accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), financial records, and the ongoing water monitoring and groundwater modeling efforts required to fully execute the CA#1 objectives. Click here to access the report.  The link is in the dark box under Big Chino Water Ranch Project or click here to download the 66 page pdf. 


CWAG Aug. 6 Candidate Forum on Water Issues Video & Additional  Info Online. What are our most important water issues? Can our state and county officials work together to find solutions?  

CWAG hosted a forum/panel discussion on water issues for candidates for Legislative District 1 House and Senate and for Yavapai County Supervisor in Districts 1, 2, 4, and 5 on Aug. 6. Approximately 170 people attended.

We provided the questions to the candidates in advance and posted them in the Current Issues section at www.cwagaz.org. CWAG Public Policy Committee Chair Gary Beverly and CWAG Science Committee Chair Peter Kroopnick served as forum moderators. 

Click here to watch the forum video, read the questions CWAG asked, and read CWAG's responses to questions received from the audience. The forum video is also running on Public Access Channels 64 & 65. Click hereto check the CWAG program schedule. Forum photos are posted on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CitizensWaterAdvocacyGroup/ Like our page while you're there!


Water Law:

Modes and Approaches of Groundwater Governance: A Survey of Lessons Learned from Selected Cases across the Globe. The crucial role of groundwater and the centrality of water governance in accommodating growing water demands sustainably are becoming well recognized. We review 10 case studies of groundwater governance—representing diverse global regions and local contexts—from the perspective of four well-established elements: (1) institutional setting; (2) availability and access to information and science; (3) robustness of civil society; and (4) economic and regulatory frameworks. Read more . . .


Water Politics:

The Future of Water. [CWAG Board Member Michael Adcock recommended this film series. He sent a link to a description on a page where you can purchase the series; it's also available on Netflix. Thanks, Michael!] The series looks at how the struggle to control and use water will impact political power relations worldwide and influence war and peace and the destinies of countries and entire continents. This is especially the case in a period when fear of climatic changes has become a dominant worry worldwide, and when all societies have to prepare for changes in the water landscape. Read more . . .


Water Quality:

Water monitoring volunteers needed in Prescott for Slaughterhouse Gulch Project. Many of you have helped us in the past.  We have a new opportunity to help Prescott Creeks with water monitoring for their Slaughterhouse Gulch Project. This is a collaborative project between Prescott Creeks and the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe to improve surface water quality through wetland protection and channel restoration within the Slaughterhouse Gulch watershed on Yavapai-Prescott land. The project is funded by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The water monitoring will be done to demonstrate any improvement in surface water quality due to implementation of Best Management Practices [BMP’s]. Prescott Creeks is obligated to monitor three locations throughout the grant period. We seek your help to monitor the project site before and after work begins.

We especially need to know if you are available to participate in our first training workshop on Nov 17th or 22nd.

If you'd like to help, please reply to doris@cellarius.org and gwhol@prescottcreeks.org .


Modernizing Our Country’s Drinking Water Monitoring Data. EPA’s  new Compliance Monitoring Data Portal (CMDP) allows water laboratories and public drinking water systems to electronically share drinking water data with their states and tribal agencies. Read more . . .


Water Reuse:

State of California Releases Feasibility Study for Direct Potable Reuse. In early September, the California State Water Resources Control Board released a feasibility study towards implementation of direct potable reuse. The draft study outlines regulations and guidelines for direct potable reuse that protect public health. Guidelines include suggested treatment technologies, appropriate chemical and biological water quality indicators, and additional scientific research needed. Currently the feasibility study is open for public comment through October 25, 2016. For more information and to download the study, click here 


Sewer warmth to heat Paris swimming pool. The Aspirant Dunand pool in Paris' 14th arrondissement is the latest in a series of French public buildings to use heat pumps to recycle residual warmth from showers, dishwashers and washing machines in its sewage pipes. Read more . . .


Colorado River News:

Pay to save: Commission offers $1.8 million to leave Colorado River untouched. The Upper Colorado River Commission to offer $1.8 million in funding for pilot projects in which users in the upper basin states of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico voluntarily reduce their demand on the Colorado River. Read more . . .


Water Elsewhere In Az:

Moss: The future requires us to augment groundwater supplies. [CWAG Writing Team member Steve Willing sent this link. Thank you, Steve!] Desert dwellers in rural Arizona have to find ways to augment their water supply if they want to leave any for their children and grandchildren, Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss said last week at the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman monthly luncheon. Read more . . .


One More Piece In The Fossil Creek Puzzle. A crucial 19-acre chunk of land alongside Fossil Creek has passed into Forest Service hands. The transfer completes the Fossil Creek National Wild and Scenic River corridor and conserves the last unprotected reach of this unique, mineral-laden stream, which has become the premier refuge for native fish in the state. Read more . . .


Building Better Water Rates in an Uncertain World. Running a public water utility isn’t like any other business. This is because water is essential to everyone, at every economic level. Also, a city water utility isn’t out to make a profit. It can’t simply raise its prices to cover the cost of rising expenses or decreasing revenue. An elected city council, board or regulating commission must approve rate changes and that doesn’t always come easily. Read more . . .


Water Outside Az:

8 things Southern Californians should know about the controversial Delta tunnels project. It’s called the California WaterFix. The project, formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, would build two massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, replacing the northern portion of the State Water Project, a 600-mile-long system of tunnels, reservoirs and canals that moves water from Northern to Southern California. Read more . . .


Join CWAG! Help us continue our work to achieve a sustainable water supply while maintaining the flows in the Verde River. Dues are only $25 per household! Download the form and mail it in or click here to join or renew online. Thanks to all who have already joined and renewed!