Topic: Municipal

Keyword: Mohave County


Students help out a local bank on Earth Day

Excerpt: More than 10 Thunderbolt students, joined by their ASU counterparts and faculty, bank employees and community members bundled shrubs and fallen trees destined for the Bureau of Land Management fisheries improvement project.

Excerpt: Kathleen Weber, Thunderbolt seventh grade science teacher wasn’t surprised that so many of her students wanted to spend their Earth Day doing something positive.

“They do a great job in stepping up when they need to,” Weber said. “Sometimes middle school students don’t always have the best reputation and yes they don’t always do the wisest things, but this will show you they can make a difference and be those students we all know they can be.”

Drought expected to continue

Excerpt: Despite recent heavy rain and mountain snowfall in much of the west, precipitation largely bypassed the long-term drought areas across Southern California and much of the southwest.

Arizona, in general, has fared better with only 15 percent of the state still experiencing drought conditions after the wettest winter in seven years.

Excerpt: According to a recent report, the Western Resource Advocates set the reservoir behind Hoover Dam at 39 percent of its capacity. Water management experts have revised that figure to 41 percent capacity.

“Cuts are looming because Arizona’s bank for 40 percent of its water supply coming (from) Lake Mead are being drained faster than it can be filled,” the report stated.

“Lake Mead has this growing bathtub ring, even though everyone is using their legal amounts of water,” said Drew Beckwith, an executive with the environmental advocacy group.

Planning for expansion of wastewater recycling program

Excerpt: Lake Havasu City’s treated wastewater has in recent years found a productive use as an environmentally conscious alternative to potable water. Rates on Havasu’s effluent will fall this summer, and several local businesses will reap the benefits.

Excerpt: While Havasu has remained relatively free from drought conditions that have affected much of the Southwest, a tri-state agreement between Arizona, California and Nevada would require Arizonans to take substantial reductions in their use of Colorado River water; enhancing the need for effluent in Arizona communities.

Overhaul of water management is in the works here

Excerpt: By July 2018, a coalition of regional agencies hopes to have a better watershed management plan for the Lower Colorado River system.

The plan is intended to provide a broad set of guidelines for water use and disaster management for Lake Havasu and the Lower Colorado River in order to maintain water quality. It will hopefully put all of the agencies with a stake in the region’s water on the same page, Lake Havasu City’s water resources coordinator Doyle Wilson said.

Excerpt: “Once we get going on this, I think they’ll realize it’s better to be involved in planning on the river than not,” he said. “It could cause some delays, so compromise will have to be in the air. Yes, there could be some problems but it’s better to do this inclusively than exclusively.”

Havasu City recognizes Beachcomber Resort

Excerpt: The city on Tuesday recognized Beachcomber Resort Manager Jim Hill for his efforts in conserving water.

Excerpt: As of 2015, the Beachcomber Resort consumed about 200,000 cubic feet of water per month. With a few changes, including the removal of azalea bushes that once spanned the property, the resort now consumes an average of 70,000-90,000 per month, Morgan said.

Arizona Water Initiative starts

Excerpt: The Mohave County Board of Supervisors requested the basins here be a top priority, as some of the largest water basins in the state are in the county. The state agreed and Kingman is home to the first of many that will be held in the state to examine the demand for water and the potential challenges in meeting that demand.

Excerpt: While Water Resources will work with local governments on defining the challenges and developing strategies, Mohave County is home to a large farming operation along Stockton Hill Road between Kingman and Pierce Ferry Road, and in Red Lake and Golden Valley. Also, a nut farm is going in off of Route 66 between Kingman and Valle Vista.

Excerpt: Farmers are leaving drought-stricken, heavily-regulated California by the droves and many are heading straight to Arizona, according to Supervisor Buster Johnson.

California nut farm's move to Arizona raises water concerns

Excerpt: A farm operation that is moving from California to Arizona to raise almonds and other nuts has raised concern about whether it will deplete water supplies in Mohave County.

Excerpt: Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson said the fully planted farm will use nearly 8 billion gallons of water annually.

Excerpt: He said several companies are choosing Arizona as a logical place to move amid drought-related water restrictions in California and other parts of the world.

"The recent loss of water rights on the Big Sandy, coupled with the increased farming activity in the Hualapai Valley and Sacramento basins near Kingman, brings concerns to the longevity of adequate water supplies for Mohave County," said Johnson.

Drying up

Excerpt: Water is expensive and is becoming increasingly scarce.

And as growing communities put more stress on the water resources of the American Southwest, costs here are only going up.

Excerpt: Geologist and Water Resources Coordinator Doyle Wilson has a goal to make Lake Havasu City as self-sufficient as possible, and two grant applications have been submitted that could bring the city money to take a meaningful step in that direction.

“We need to lay a good foundation to delay negative impacts to the citizenry,” Wilson said. “We need to avoid high-priced water.”

Excerpt: “It’s not a system that will hold the water forever,” Wilson said. “The idea behind the whole thing is to inject during the winter time and pull it back out during the summer. We won’t lose as much water if we pull it out seasonally.”

Kingman, Golden Valley use too much water

Excerpt: Water use in Kingman and Golden Valley is outstripping supply, according to hydrologists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Excerpt: Annual water demand in Golden Valley from the Sacramento Valley Basin exceeded yearly supplies by about 2,400 acre-feet, and annual water demands in Kingman from the Hualapai Basin exceeded yearly supplies by about 5,600 acre-feet, said a USGS report presented to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Excerpt: The onus to resolving the county's water issue rests with the Board of Supervisors, said state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, who attended Monday's meeting.

Excerpt: The board tasked County Supervisor Mike Hendrix to work with the U.S. Geological Survey to determine what that additional study would specifically require, and to present his findings to the board at a later date.