Board to hear water rights presentation
KINGMAN - The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will discuss an application filed with the Arizona Department of Water Resources for the potential diversion of 14,000 acre feet of water per year from the Beaver Dam Wash to Mesquite, Nev., at their meeting Monday.
Placed on the agenda by Chairman of the Board Pete Byers, the Board will listen to the presentation by Jack Riley, of Beaver Dam Wash, regarding the transfer of the water rights to Nevada. They will also determine whether or not to direct staff to investigate the application.
"This is a serious application to take most of the water from our ground water supply and transfer it to the Virgin River Water District in Mesquite, Nev., with no benefit of the citizens and owners of property in the Arizona Strip at Beaver Dam and Littlefield, Ariz. Since the annual fees paid to the applicant under the proposed contract with Virgin Valley Water District approach $5 million per year, and since some of the water transfer may go to the Las Vegas area, there is a big financial benefit for some people in Nevada at the expense of property owners in Arizona," Riley said in a letter to Byers.
After the discovery of the application, residents in the area called a meeting to discuss the possible ramifications. Many of the residents in the Beaver Dam/Littlefield area are strongly opposed to the project.
Bob Frisby, president of the Beaver Dam Water Company, also sent a letter to Byers. In it, he details alleged errors and falsehoods in the applications. He said the applicants are giving areas served by Nevada that are, in fact, served by the BDWC.
Frisby said they were concerned that the applicant was able to have 18 months to develop approximately 1,800 pages of documents, yet Arizona law only gives them three weeks to respond.
"We would request the Mohave County (Board of Supervisors) pass a resolution giving the citizens of Arizona at least six months to review the massive amount of information that has been submitted to the ADWR over the last 18 months," Frisby said.
The Board will discuss this item, among several others, at their meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. The meeting will be held at the Bullhead City Council Chambers at 1255 Marina Blvd., in Bullhead City.