CWA SEPTEMBER 25TH
IMPORTANT ADWR MEETING SCHEDULED IN BENSON
CWA General Meeting for the evening of Sept. 25th is cancelled so
that the membership may attend another important meeting on the
25th at 1:00 P.M. at Benson City Hall. Arizona Department of Water
Resources will be holding a public workshop to explain how the Legislature
assisted local officials seeking to control development in their
"We believe communities should take
control of their water futures and determine how and if they will
grow," said ADWR Director Herb Guenther. "This law gives
them the chance to manage their own destinies. Now it's up to them
to make it happen.
Securing a community's future depends on
making sure there is enough water to support it."
Under terms of Senate Bill 1575, county
supervisors in rural Arizona may adopt ordinances requiring developers
of new subdivisions to obtain a finding of "adequate water
supply" from ADWR before receiving approval of their plans.
Currently, local governments lack the authority to block a development
for lack of sufficient water.
The County Board of Supervisors must vote
unanimously in flavor of acquiring this authority. In qualifying
counties that do not adopt an adequacy requirement, a city or town
may adopt an adequate water supply requirement for new subdivisions.
Are the rules for determining adequacy
being revised with this new law? Come ask questions as to what the
process and public input opportunities are during the next 18 months.
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CONDUCTING WELL SWEEPS IN SUBWATERSHED
During the week of Sept. 10th-14th, ADWR
was measuring approximately 100 wells in the subwatershed to determine
any seasonal fluctuations within the groundwater system.
The wells identified to be measured are
those along the mountain front range from approximately Tombstone
to north of Pomerene.
This information will be incorporated into
the USGS/ADWR Hydrological Investigation currently being conducted
in the Benson Subwatershed.
here for study objectives and timeline.
WATER VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
The Water Resource Research Center and
Cochise County Supervisors are moving forward with a study to better
determine the amount of water that is typically used by a home on
4 acres supplied by a domestic well.
The BOS hopes to have a better number than
312 gallons per person per day to utilize when considering requests
for rezoning to higher densities.
Two hundred and fifty wells would need
to be designated from a larger pool of volunteers so that those
participating would be representative of uses across the county.
Meters would be wireless and would be installed
on the pressure tank to report directly to a central Internet site
for a minimum of fifteen months. The U of A would provide the meters
with grant money.
Rural users who would like to volunteer
would have to have a dial-up Internet access and have the well located
within 200 feet of the house in order to run the connection cable.
If the home has a wireless router, the meters can transmit up to
a quarter of a mile.
According to researchers, all residents
who volunteer will sign an agreement that ensures their rights to
privacy. Those wishing to volunteer may call Susan Pater at Cochise
Cooperative Extensions: (520) 384-3594 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
here for more information as to how the 312 gallons per person per
day was determined.
RICHARD SEARLE WRITES LETTER OPPOSING FREEWAY ALTERNATIVES
ALONG SAN PEDRO RIVER
San Pedro Valley continues to be under consideration as alternative
routing in an I-10 Phoenix-Tucson Bypass Study being conducted by
the Arizona Department of Transportation. Since corridor alternatives
aligned with the San Pedro River would significantly impact the
Skyline/ Benson/ Cascabel Area, residents and elected officials
are speaking out.
a letter sent to ADOT, BOS Richard Searle states, "I cannot
support the proposed Tucson by pass route through the San Pedro
Valley. Not only would this have a negative affect on one of the
most pristine areas of the State, but I believe this would not be
a cost effective proposal."
a recent Benson City Council worksession, concern was also expressed
that these alternatives would not only impact the environment in
the Benson area, but would also impact the area economically.
presentation will be given to the ADOT Board in October. For this
reason it is very important that people make comments to ADOT so
their comments can be included in this study. In November, ADOT
will host another round of public hearings with the final report
being submitted to the state transportation board in December.
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.
here to learn more about the efforts of the Cascabel Work Group:
here for a “fast” map of proposed alternatives:
here to submit concerns to ADOT:
HAS LISTENING SESSIONS SCHEDULED
Cochise County Planning Department has
scheduled 13 listening sessions across the county. The facilitated
agenda includes a series of thought-provoking exercises and presentations
that will explore how the county and its citizens can work together
to address community land use change.
During the exercises, communities will:
1) Identify important community assets
worth preserving or enhancing.
2) Talk about their hopes for the community
as it changes.
3) Identify preferred types of growth.
Residents or interested parties may attend
any of the 13 scheduled meetings. However, two meetings are scheduled
in the locale:
Saturday 11/17/07 Cochise College Benson
9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Wednesday 01/16/08 Pomerene School 6 -
Click here for updated information on Envisioning
here for Full Survey:
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IN TIME FOR WINTER RAINS - LOCAL RAIN HARVESING, LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP
On November 3rd, the public is invited to attend a Rain
Harvesting Workshop at a newly developed site in the J-6/Mescal
CWA has been working with partners to develop an on-site
learning lab designed to capture over 22,000 gallons of water
a year based upon an average of 12 inches of rainfall per year.
This four-hour workshop which includes lunch will review: 1) Determination of quantity of water to
2) Location of local precipitation records
3) Consideration of water quality concerns
4) Review of infrastructure design of learning-lab system
5) Use of gravity and pumps for minimum number of collection
and storage tanks
6) Installation a pump to pressurize system so rainwater
can be used to supply multiple faucets. Observe actual installation
of pump and test of system.
In addition to roof capture, Water Wise will explain
principles used for Xeriscaping and use of contoured planting
beds developed on site. Native and drought tolerant plants will
be labeled in newly planted beds.
The workshop is scheduled from 10AM to 2PM and lunch
will be provided with the $5 registration fee. Space will be limited
so that all participants have an adequate opportunity for viewing
and asking questions of presenters.
Please call Nancy Upp at 586-2106 or Mary McCool at 609-2738
PARTICIPATING PARTNERS INCLUDE:
Water Wise, Oasis Water Harvesting, Rocking R Mercantile,
and Kanmar Company
here for historical precipitation records..
Click here for specific
here to check on roof capture potential.
Click here for additional links.
CAVERNS PRESENTING AT OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING
Mark your calendar for October 25th. Joanne
Roberts, Natural Resource Ecologist for Arizona State Parks will
be presenting at the CWA General Meeting at 6:30 P.M. at Benson
Roberts will discuss Kartchner Caverns
efforts to reduce impacts on the watershed, conservation planning,
and natural areas values and how that ties into protection of the
whole landscape for the San Pedro River.
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