Closed door meeting on water transfer set

Supervisor Gary Watson

Supervisor Gary Watson

KINGMAN – Mohave County is continuing its fight against the Central Arizona Project decision to move forward with a $34 million purchase of farmland and the associated water rights in the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District.

At the end of January, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors fired off an eight-page letter to the drainage district’s board of directors in opposition to the sale. In response, the district has scheduled an executive meeting for Wednesday to consult with its legal counsel.

One of the contingencies of the sale is the passage of an amendment or revocation of a drainage district resolution that prevents water within its jurisdiction to leave Mohave County. Without the change the sale will fall through.

Mohave County Board chairman Gary Watson is hoping the drainage district will not make any changes to its resolution.

“I’m not sure what will come of this meeting,” Watson said. “I’m hoping they will take our position seriously and really examine our issues. Certainly we are very serious, but we will have to see what happens after the meeting.”

The district is located in the northwestern part of the county running along the Colorado River and its flood plain between Bullhead City to the north and Needles, California to the south.

Seven farms are under consideration for the sale. The farms have a full cash value of nearly $4.5 million with an assessed value of $415,551.

The Central Arizona Project is in the due diligence phase of the sale with a pair of New York City hedge fund firms to purchase the farmland totaling approximately 2,200 acres with approximately 14,000 acre feet of diversion water rights from the Colorado River that are within the drainage district.