Thu, April 09

Council to consider water resource study

The Camp Verde Town Council will consider approving a contract with Burgess & Niple Inc., Engineers and Architects, for a study of the town's water resources at Wednesday night's council session.

The proposed $26,000 study would update the town's 1992 Water Resource Plan, along with updating the town's demand and supply estimates and reviewing the water resource information database.

The town council met last month with the water resource coordinator for the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee, John Munderloh, who briefed them on the records available through county's water use database. The database contains information on well ownership, location and surface water rights ownership within Camp Verde.

Burgess & Niple is proposing to organize the data so it is readily available to town staff for making water management and planning and zoning decisions.

The idea behind the study is to give the town an idea of all of the groundwater and surface water available to the town for future growth. The town is already working to develop a water portfolio it can use to supply water for future developments.

At a recent meeting of the Verde Valley Water Users, representatives of Salt river Project stated that they would like to see the towns and cities in the Verde Valley begin acquiring rights to water rather than have them drilling more wells into groundwater supplies SRP has laid claim to.

Through a process known as sever and transfer, Camp Verde and other valley communities can acquire water from irrigation rights that are retired from agricultural lands.

Valley sites can also acquire water rights by reintroducing effluent to the aquifer and trading it for other groundwater sources.

The town's 1992 Water Resource Plan addressed legal and hydrologic issues related to water use and developed some short and long term water management strategies. It has been the town's desire to update the 13-year old document.

Wednesday's meeting will also have the council considering a couple of other items brought about by the recent adoption of the new general plan.

Along with the water resource study, the Town Council will also discuss the possible approval of study by Casa Verde Consulting to review and update the town's planning and zoning ordinances to bring them in line with the general plan and to draft a commercial design review system.

The town Community Development Department staff, along with Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, has recognized the need to modernize the codes in light of the town's recent and anticipated growth.

The Town Council will also consider moving one employee from the Community Development Department to the Town Manager's office to coordinate all projects and services within the town to ensure that they are in line with the new general plan.

The new position would carry the title of Projects Coordinator.

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