What activities or modifications are legally allowable on land adjacent to the Gila River? In too many cases, that question is met with conflicting responses and, sometimes, general puzzlement in communities that harbor stretches of the Upper Gila River in Graham and Greenlee Counties of Arizona. With simple answers to realistic questions, A Guide for Landowners on the Upper Gila River addresses common misunderstandings about what private landowners can and cannot do with their land adjacent to the river.
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Ashley Hullinger is a Research Analyst for the Water RAPIDS (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) program at the Water Resources Research Center. Her work with the program has involved scenario planning, research, and stakeholder engagement for Watershed Planning in the Upper Gila. Ashley also works with multiple communities and NGOs throughout Arizona in support of the innovative water conservation program Conserve2EnhanceTM. Ashley holds a M.S. in Urban Planning, with a concentration in Water Resources, from the University of Arizona and B.A. degrees in History and Geography from the University of Kansas.
Issues around water as a resource consistently top the list of environmental concerns in the United States, especially when they relate to water supply and quality. However, the large-scale nature of water issues means it is often challenging for individuals to discover, learn, and act to positively impact local water resources as well as the greater environment.
As one of Arizona’s principal surface water systems, the Gila River has and will continue to be a valuable and highly sought after water source.
Planning for an uncertain future presents many challenges. Thinking systematically and creatively about what is in store through a process called scenario planning can help illuminate options for action and improve decision-making. This guide focuses on a process for developing scenarios to help communities and watershed groups explore what might happen in the years to come, make more informed decisions today, and build a watershed management process.
This scenario planning document explores possible futures of the watershed as informed by ongoing interviews, meetings, and feedback given from the Gila Watershed Partnership and others, along with research of academic and goverment sources. These scenarios will be used in water resources planning and management for the watershed.