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Wed, Feb. 19

Board to discuss diversion of water to Mesquite, Nev.

KINGMAN - After complaints made in September, the Board of Supervisors will discuss Friday the legal opinion and options the Board has to dissolve the Vista Verde Domestic Water Improvement District.

After questions were raised in September regarding a potential water transfer of 14,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Beaver Dam area to Mesquite, Nev., Chairman of the Board Pete Byers questioned the intentions of the district formed in 2005.

"Comments entered on the record at the Board's special meeting of Sept. 18 have raised questions on whether or not the public welfare is actually being protected due to decisions made by the Board of Directors of the Vista Verde Domestic Water Improvement District," County Manager Ron Walker said.

Walker said the purpose of the improvement district (consisting of approximately 38.86 acres of land) was to protect and benefit the owners in the district and to benefit and protect public welfare. However, Byers said these intentions have been called into question, and he wants to know if they can legally dissolve the improvement district because of that.

The Board discovered the application for the diversion of Mohave County water rights to Nevada in September. The application was filed with the Arizona Department of Water Resources sometime in 2005.

If approved, the application indicated that Mesquite would mix their arsenic-polluted water with the pure water from the Beaver Dam area and pipe the mixed water back into the area, according to Jack Riley, part of the team developing Beaver Dam Ranch, a proposed master-planned community in Beaver Dam.

"This diversion of water greatly enriches a few Nevadans to the extreme detriment to the property owners of Arizona," Riley said.

In September, the Board directed staff to look into the transfer, although ADWR will make the final decision. Further analysis and hearings regarding the transfer are still being orchestrated by ADWR.

The Board will also discuss a proposed merger between the Hualapai Valley Fire Department and the Valle Vista Fire Department.

The Board will meet at 9:30 a.m., Friday at the Mohave County Administration Complex at 700 W. Beale St.

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