Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Second Public Meeting of the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study (Registration deadline March 7)

Greater Tucson-area residents expect secure water planning, and our region is providing leadership in ensuring long-term reliability through a partnership in the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study (study) with the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and other state and local agencies. The study, which launched in 2016, focuses on the groundwater basin designated by the Arizona Department of Water Resources as the Tucson Active Management Area.

We will hold the second Public Meeting for the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study on March 12, 2018. The study is using scenario planning to evaluate future changes to our water supplies and demands and to provide a basis for developing adaptation strategies. The second public meeting will focus on the scenarios to be used for modeling the locations of supply-demand imbalances through 2060.

In this stage of the study, surface water and groundwater models will be used to evaluate future challenges to our region's water reliability. In coming stages, impacts to water infrastructure and the environment will be assessed, and strategies to adapt to these challenges will be developed. The final step of the study involves a trade-off analysis of adaptation strategies.

RSVP by March 7th

Please find meeting materials here: http://pagstorm.com/meetings

Public involvement is a key aspect of the study. Municipal, tribal, industrial, agricultural and environmental sectors are involved and impacts to each sector are considered. The first public meeting of the study in November 2016 attracted over 70 participants providing valuable feedback summarized here:

Public Meeting Summary and Comment Summary 11-30-2016.

The study's cost-share partners providing in-kind support and data for the study include: the Southern Arizona Water Users Association, Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the University of Arizona and Pima Association of Governments.

For more information please view the Bureau of Reclamation Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study Website and LSCR Basin Study Fact Sheet and Map.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact bor-pxa-lscrbs@usbr.gov.

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