GENEROUS DONATION LAUNCHES NEWSLETTER
to a generous member donation, CWA is excited to produce
our first bi-monthly edition of E-Updates. Every issue
will be loaded with valuable information, water news &
announcements for stakeholders within the Benson Subwatershed.
The CWA editing staff is most interested in your feedback
and suggestions as we explore readable formats, graphic
options, and topics of interest.
Our current format uses quick “blurbs” or summaries
of hot topics that link back to our website or others
for more details. Our side bar is designed to allow for
fast navigation and to highlight additional resource links.
Resource links will direct you to specific information
about your well, our drought status and precipitation
records, water studies, and presentations of the latest
For our first edition, we have chosen to highlight
several 2007 events where water has been a major focus.
Future editions will be able to do so in a more timely
Again, we thank both our generous donor and consultant
Scholer Graphics for making this first edition possible.
GOVERNOR SIGNS INTO LAW
IMPORTANT WATER BILLS
The 49th Legislative Session successfully moved eight
bills forward to be signed into Law by the Governor. New
Bills will take effect Sept. 19th.
Four of these bills were initiated by the Statewide
Water Advisory Group and will
Allow counties to require new subdivisions to have
a determination of adequate water supply from the
Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Create a Water Supply Development Revolving Fund
to provide loans and grants to water providers for
water supply development.
Prohibit the drilling of a well if the Director of
ADWR determines that the well will likely cause the
migration of contaminated groundwater from a remedial
action site to another well.
Authorize the future formation of the Upper San Pedro
Water District – the district and any subsequent related
taxes are required to be approved by voters.
here for more information and list of signed bills.
BENSON CITY COUNCIL
REVIEWS DRAFT OF WATER CONSERVATION PLAN
In a Work Session held June 25th,
Benson City Council reviewed a draft Water Conservation
Plan that will be developed over time and will serve as
a comprehensive foundation upon which to base City Policies
Brad Hamilton, Public Works Director, and Alan
Forrest, Consultant, briefly reviewed a 15 page outline
that is expected to evolve and change over time as the
City evaluates and analyzes water conservation technologies
The City’s overall water conservation strategy
will address the reduction in water system losses and
the reduction of water use. The draft reviews existing
programs, and proposes programs with short-term, near-term,
and long-term actions. This water conservation plan will
be only one segment of a much larger regional management
here for draft:
WITH PROPOSED FREEWAY ROUTES
ALONG SAN PEDRO RIVER
At the June 26th CWA General Meeting, a representative
from the Cascabel Working Group shared concerns related
to several of ADOT’s proposed corridor alternatives for
the I-10 Phoenix-Tucson Bypass Study. Several of the fifteen
potential corridor alternatives are aligned with the San
Pedro River and would significantly impact the Skyline/
Benson/ Cascabel Area.
A goal of the Cascabel Working
Group is to present data and arguments about environmental,
archaeological, recreational, economic and other features
of the Valley that make building an interstate through
this route unfeasible or undesirable.
ADOT is currently seeking public
input during a study to provide a shorter, faster route
that will attract through trucks and other traffic from
here to learn more about the efforts of the Cascabel Work
Click here for a “fast”
map of proposed alternatives:
here to submit concerns to ADOT:
IS WATER ONE OF
THE GREATEST CHALLENGES FACING THE COUNTY?
In a twelve-minute telephone survey
sponsored by Cochise County Planning and Zoning, residents
were requested to identify the biggest challenges facing
the County in the next ten years.
Approximately four hundred County residents were
randomly selected to participate in a county-wide survey
about the future pattern of growth and land use issues
in areas outside of City Limits.
“Respondents were eager to answer the question
‘Why do you choose to live in Cochise County?’”, stated
Judy Anderson, Director of P & Z.
Additional answers will tell the County how respondents
- View the current rate of growth
- Rate their current quality of life
- Prioritize different types of projects that
should be built in their communities
Survey results will help formulate follow-up
activities for visioning meetings to be held throughout
the county in the fall.
P & Z has currently scheduled the visioning
meeting for J-6, Mescal/ Skyline/ Benson/ St. David for
September 15th at Cochise College. The Pomerene session
is slated for January 16, 08 at the Pomerene School.
here for Full Survey:
VOLUNTEERS SPEND DAY ON
At 6:00 A.M. on June 16th, eighteen residents
and interested volunteers joined efforts with those
in the upper and lower reaches of the San Pedro to collect
Wet-Dry Study data.
Participants used GPS units to
record where water begins and stops from the Mexican Border
downstream to The Narrows, approximately 11 miles north
of Benson. The Community Watershed Alliance organized
efforts within the Benson Watershed with willing property
owners so that flow data was more complete.
Five teams of hikers, equestrians,
and ATV riders covered a total of 27 miles within the
Middle San Pedro Area. Data will be processed by Cooperative
Extensions – NEMO program and shared at a future CWA General
Also during the second week in
June, CWA volunteers assisted Arizona State University
with collecting Streamside Vegetation Data for transects
established last year on four properties.
Click here for more information
about the Riparian Monitoring Network:
POSSIBLE SOURCE FOR THOUSANDS
OF FREE GALLONS OF WATER
Monsoons are just around the corner
– presenting an opportunity to capture thousands of free
gallons of water over time. This opportunity is what CWA
members have been exploring with Guest Speaker Carmen
Miller from Water Wise during the May and June monthly
Miller has provided an overview of possible benefits
for capturing rainwater to use for landscaping and household
needs. The June meeting provided the nuts and bolts for
roof capture systems with additional tips for first flush
operations and maintenance.
In July, Rich Weisberg from Oasis Water Harvesting
will do a PowerPoint Presentation featuring nearby Rain
Harvesting systems in operation and Miller will provide
landscaping tips that can be immediately implemented.
here for formula to determine the gallon-potential of
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