Dec 11 2007
Arizona’s decade-long drought and constant need for more water to quench our development thirst has prompted Rep. Lucy Mason to find long-term solutions to the state’s water issues.
Mason has held several meetings with stakeholders and other interested people who want to help set the state’s water policy for the coming decades, including a public forum in front of the House Water and Agriculture Committee in Prescott last month.
That meeting and others will provide a springboard for Mason to introduce legislation next session and work with the federal government to ensure water continues to flow in the Verde River and remains sufficient enough to accommodate the growth from the state’s booming development.
Mason’s meeting in Prescott, with about 50 people attending, focused on Verde River issues and featured Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Herb Guenther, who gave a presentation on hydrology and geology of the Verde River headwaters, which involves the Big Chino aquifer and surrounding watershed.
Mason said that one of several interests she would look at, are ways to reduce invasive water guzzling species, such as salt cedar trees which are not native to Arizona but consume a significant amount of water.
She also will be looking at creating an augmentation district that can use recharged water, and other sources to mitigate any impact on Verde River flows from the river’s headwaters.
Mason’s next meeting will be in January in the Verde Valley.
Contact:? Barrett Marson, Director of Communications ?Arizona House of Representatives ?Office: (602) 926-3233?e-mail: email@example.com December 11