Cobre Valley Water Background
The Cobre Valley Water Research Initiative project focuses on co-producing solutions for complex water resources challenges in the Cobre Valley region of central Arizona. By bringing together community members, decision-makers, and natural resources managers, the UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) will assist in defining objectives and producing informational products to support decisions about how water is managed. In order to accomplish this task, more precise and updated information is needed about local water supply and demand in order to develop an accurate "water budget" for Cobre Valley.
Since 2016, the WRRC, in partnership with US Bureau of Reclamation and Gila County Cooperative Extension, has been working with stakeholders to identify needs and formulate recommendations for water management and research in the region. By first compiling and documenting available research and data about water in the region, information gaps were then identified and strategies were proposed to fill them. The next step has been to engage the communities and regional partners to prioritize unmet needs and develop objectives collaboratively. To incorporate local voices and concerns in the discussion, the WRRC convened a Steering Committee made up of local representatives, to provide direction and input on the following:
- Strategies to facilitate and promote consensus among major water users and decision makers,
- Organization of a Small Town Forum for Cobre Valley, including planning productive conversations around watershed and water resources topics, and
- Development of a report, “Water Resources Objectives and Alternatives for Cobre Valley,” based on compiled information and incorporating a community-built vision and approach to implementation.
The WRRC is grateful a responsive Steering Committee composed of representatives from the following organizations:
Capstone Mining Corp.
Central Arizona Governments
City of Globe
Industrial Development Authority of Gila County
Rural Communities Assistance Corporation
Town of Miami
Tri-cities Sanitary District
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
US Bureau of Reclamation