KINGMAN – The Arizona Department of Water Resources is holding a public workshop at 3 p.m. Thursday at KRMC’s Medical Professional Center, 1739 Beverly Ave., to discuss the “stakeholder process” for the Northwest Basins Planning Area.
This is the sixth meeting of the Arizona Water Initiative to examine water demand and water resource challenges for the area. The meeting will include presentations and discussion about the Northwest Basins Planning area, including updated information on water demand and conservation, followed by a general comment period.
The meetings are part of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Arizona Water Initiative Planning Area Stakeholder Process.
“The department is working closely with rural areas and local stakeholders to define their water resource challenges and identify strategies that will be successful in assisting with meeting future water demands,” said John Riggins, water resources specialist with ADWR.
WPA, or Water Planning Area, is a “harsh word” for government control and taxes to take away water rights from Mohave County residents, said Gene Bishop, cochairman of Citizens for Progress.
For others, it’s a way to save future water supply, he said.
“Either way, the eight-year (U.S. Geology Survey) just completed says we are in trouble and our county development planning and permit regulations no longer require any planned revenue improvements to certify water availability for 100 years,” Bishop said. “So it appears it is open season to the highest bidder on our water supply.”
For more information, go to www.new.azwater.gov/water-initiative.