2010 MEETING CALENDAR
Tuesday of the Month
- Annual Meeting
encouraged to attend Upper San Pedro Water District Public
Information Meeting - See article for
what's happening upstream.
5:30 p.m. Huachuca City
Huachuca City Council Chambers
500 N. Gonzales Blvd.
Huachuca City, AZ 85616
- MAY - Monthly Meetings
- Summer Break
- OCTOBER - Monthly Meetings
- Winter Break due to proximity of major holidays
Meetings called as necessary.
ADWR BUDGET CUTS
January 7th, 51 positions were eliminated and 47 people were laid
off. Tom Whitmer is the only survivor in the Rural Watershed Initiative
Program which provided technical support to rural areas.
previous budget was $18.6 million. In
FY2010, ADWR was appropriated $16,879,900 in General Fund monies.
has paid USGS for their hydrological investigation in the Benson
Subwatershed thru October 2010, but Whitmer states that ADWR is
“not expecting to have any money and perhaps not even any
support for continuation of any studies in Rural Arizona”.
on the street" indicate that another reduction in staff can
be expected around May or June.
ORIGINAL TIME LINE FOR USGS STUDY:
2005 - Begin study in October
2005-2009 - Data collection
2009 - Begin Ground Water Model
2010 - Publish report describing study results
2012 - Complete model and publish model report
INTRODUCES TWO EMERGENCY BILLS
Bill 1355 is an emergency measure that establishes the Water
Resource Fund, and imposes water use assessments on specified water
users: municipal water delivery systems, agricultural irrigated
acreage and industrial uses. The Bill specifies the fund is to be
maintained in perpetuity, and that monies are to used exclusively
Bill 1359 is an emergency measure that establishes the Water
Resources Fund, and requires that all fees related to ADWR statutory
functions be deposited into the newly-created fund.
is authorized to establish and collect fees-in statute and by rule-to
carry out its statutory responsibilities.
if funded by appropriations from the state General Fund, as well
as other appropriated, nonappropriated and federal funds. In FY2010,
ADWR was appropriated $16,879,900 in General Fund monies.
fiscal impacts to the state General Fund is unknown. However, because
ADWR is funded by state General Fund monies, any increases in current
fees may result in a reduction of ADWR's reliance on the General
to ADWR, the provisions of SB1359 would result in approximate revenues
of $10 million to the department. ADWR also estimates the provisions
of SB1355 would generate $18-20 million annually to the department.
is responsible for managing Arizona's water resources to ensure
long-term water supplies for the state. ADWR administers and enforces
Arizona's groundwater and surface water law, and represents the
state's water rights for the state and with the federal government.
order to carry out its role, ADWR administers several programs,
including dam safety and flood damage protection, assured and adequate
water supply administration, general stream adjudication support,
rural water studies, conservation and drought programs, and automated
groundwater monitoring, among others.
SAN PEDRO WATER DISTRICT TO BE ON NOV. BALLOT
District if permanently created would be unique in that it is intended
to be solely focused on the special water related issues, as they
currently exist or may evolve over time, in a portion of the Upper
San Pedro Groundwater Basin approximately equal to the Sierra Vista
out of five scheduled public information meetings have been held
throughout the Sierra Vista Subwatershed to receive public input
regarding the acceptability of different programs and projects that
will be incorporated into the final plan for the proposed District.
public meetings include a briefing by an Organizing Board Member
on what the group has done and is followed by smaller group discussions
about the District, plans for the future, the science behind the
proposal, funding, the vision for a sustainable water future and
the breakout meetings, members of the public are asked to provide
views on the different subjects, which will be compiled and discussed
during a second round of public meetings to be held in April and
recognition of the area community concerns, the Arizona Legislature
authorized the local communities to form a District to protect the
river, the environment and the economics that are dependent on it.
The District, if permanently created by voter approval, is intended
to have a significant component of local control over water management
decisions. The Draft Plan would be a guiding document for the District."
Organizing Board is working toward an election on Nov. 2 that includes
two components: one to create a district and the other to establish
a permanent seven-member board. The current Organizing Board Members
are appointees of either the Governor or the President of the Arizona
Senate or the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Comprehensive Plan 7-27-09.pdf
and Finance Plan Final Draft 08-03-09.pdf
SAN PEDRO '09 WET-DRY MAP POSTED!
produced by the efforts of BLM, The Nature Conservancy, CWA and
other partners are now finalized and will be available for viewing
shortly. See the map for the entire river now. The posted map demonstrates
monitoring completed on nearly 118 miles of the 174 mile San Pedro
River from below the Mexican border to the town of Winkelman on
June 20th. Forty-five percent, or 53.1 miles, of the river was wet.
to eight teams of three volunteers were recruited and trained for
the Middle San Pedro area so that the standardized use of GPS units
and forms would produce quality data. The wet/dry mapping dataset
will then be used to historically track the river’s health
by monitoring the persistence of surface water during the driest
time of each year.
has coordinated the efforts within the Middle San Pedro for three
years, extending the ten-year program developed in the Sierra Vista
Watershed by BLM and TNC.
ATVs, and hikers were on the river from approximately 5:30 A.M.
to approximately 11:00 A.M.- traveling stretches of the river varying
from 3 to 8 miles across lands to which property owners provide
Wet-Dry Map for Entire River.
Specific area maps are expected to be posted by
the end of next week.
SHARES STORMWATER PROTECTION PLAN FOR LOCAL RIGHT OF WAY
the Annual CWA meeting, Deborah White - Right Of Way Services Manager,
Ron Orozco - SSVEC, and Carmen Miller - SWPPP Inspector provided
an overview of the Stormwater Pollution Protection Plan (SWPPP)
for the SSVEC power line just west of Highway 80 between Benson
and the St. David. area.
work was greater than 1/4 mile from the San Pedro River - an Impaired
Stream; therefore, the actual plan did not have to be submitted
to ADEQ and work could begin after seven days from filling the Notice
of Intent. The form also serves as a promise that the operator will
comply with requirements in the General Construction Permit.
document based upon a six
page checklist of requirements, was continually revised
as work progressed on the three mile - 50' wide track across private
document was not available for CWA review, but should have included
the specific responsibilities of the operator, the project description,
maps and descriptions of the selected best management practices,
and post construction controls. In addition, it should have listed
the qualifications of the inspector, frequency of inspections, and
included a monitoring plan.
the time of the presentation, SSVEC was implementing their restoration
plans by reseeding all disturbed land up to 70% of the existing
background cover. Since the ROW is not public access, the track
will be gated on each end.
THE DROUGHT OVER?
the Arizona Drought Watch Team:
impressive storms moved through Arizona in January, dropping exceptional
amounts of rain and snow on much of Arizona. Certain locations in
Yavapai and Gila counties observed over 10 inches of rainfall during
the stormy week of January 18th. Snowfall amounts in excess of 50
inches were reported around Flagstaff and parts of the White Mountains
during that same time period. Overall, almost all of Arizona received
above-average precipitation during the month of January. So, is
the drought over?
deficits still remain and lingering drought impacts are most likely
occurring across the state. Drought status maps produced by the
Arizona Governor's Drought Task Force and National Drought Mitigation
Center are in the process of being updated to reflect improvements
due to the precipitation from recent storm events. Questions circulating
in these discussions include...
- Where have drought conditions improved and how much?
- What drought impacts still exist and where?
Nino is still in full swing in the Pacific Ocean and is expected
to continue to impact Arizona's weather over the next several months.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (http://www.cpc.noaa.gov) is
still showing an increased chance of above-average precipitation
over the February through April period according to their recent
SUNZIA TRANSMISSION LINES ALONG SAN PEDRO
DRAW MAJOR OPPOSITION
Congress Members Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva, along with
Cascabel residents, have weighed in opposing SunZia Transmission
LLC's request for a right of way to build two parallel 500-kilovolt,
high--capacity transmission lines from New Mexico to the Pinal
Central substation in Casa Grande.
focus of the $ 1 billion project is to harvest the resources such
as New Mexico's strong winds and Arizona's sun energy and transport
those to any power plant in the line of the project.
lines will be 460 miles long and the 1,000 foot wide right of
way would cross public, state and private properties.
proposed route involving the San Pedro River is between the Benson
Narrows and Dudleyville, crossing the river near Redington, San
Manuel, Mammoth or Aravaipa Canyon. Click
to see proposed routes.
an in depth review of this project and a list of serious concerns,
visit the Cascabel Working Group's website. Click
WELL MAINTENANCE RESOURCE NOW ON WEB
water research centers at the U of A —the Center for Sustainability
of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA) and the Water
Resources Research Center—have joined forces with Cochise
County Cooperative Extension to provide information and services
for well owners."
of the 100,000 domestic wells registered in Arizona are found in
tools found on the website include:
Well Owners Guide - a wealth of information on how wells work,
maintaining your well, advice on periodic water quality testing,
and much more;
link to Arizona Wells, a web service that lets you search for
information on nearby wells, including new wells, depth-to-groundwater,
pumpage, and water quality test results;
and a new subscription service that will automatically email you
quarterly updates on nearby well drilling, depth to groundwater,
and local water quality test results."
here to access:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTED
Director: Mary McCool
Kali Holtschlag - Adams Ranch
East - Pomerene Water
Kartchner - St. David Domestic Water