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4/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
How much water does Mohave County have?
Meeting will discuss local supply issues
Water meeting
9:30 a.m. May 5

Mohave County Supervisors auditorium

700 W. Beale St.

Matt Reinig
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - State and federal officials will talk about the area's water supply during a May 5 presentation to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

Representatives from the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Geological Survey will head the presentation.

The conversation was scheduled after several residents came forward expressing concerns about Golden Valley-based agricultural operation Kingman Farms, LLC.

During their last meeting, board members asked County Administrator Mike Hendrix to provide additional information about establishing an Active Management Area for water resources, or AMA.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources classifies AMAs as areas with heavy reliance on mined groundwater, and are subject to regulation under the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Code.

There are currently five AMAs in Arizona. They're located in Prescott, Phoenix, Pinal, Tucson and Santa Cruz, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

"I have a paper that describes irrigation non-expansion and Active Management Areas, so I'm trying to provide information and educate the board on that," said Hendrix.

Hendrix said the U.S. Geological Survey conducted hydrology studies for the Sacramento, Detrital Valley and Hualapai water basins.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources will answer questions from the Board of Supervisors and, if they choose, Mohave County residents on AMAs and irrigation non-expansion, according to information provided by Hendrix.

"The board is very proactively responding to the citizens," Hendrix said. "They want to know and get a handle on how much water is in this area, and what their options are, and what the consequences are with those options."

The May 5 meeting will be held at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Auditorium at 9:30 a.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Ida Gara

What we really want to know is what is "he" going to turn this area into once his "farming" operation is determined to be non-profitable. Will he have the water rights to build a huge water using solar plant? Will he use the commercial wells to start a master-planned community? What is the end game - what is the real plan? But in the interim - where is dust control? - the dirt in the air as a direct result of his huge unmitigated disturbed area is disgusting! It makes Kingman look bad, look dirty, is this really a benefit to Kingman? If this truly is a farm and we will have local market products and the community will benefit I'll be 100% on board - but history repeat's itself... what is Jimmy up to this time?

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