In this overview of Arizona’s irrigated agriculture and its water supply, the focus will be on what is grown, where, with what water; how the water is managed by the state and by irrigators; water efficiency strategies; and economic impacts. The presentation will touch on current irrigation water supply issues concerning growers, their communities, and other water users.
Cobre Valley Small Town Forum on Water
The WRRC and Cobre Valley community partners are convening a forum to facilitate discussion about water resources management among elected officials, utility and planning staff, natural resources experts, and local leaders. In the relatively small area of 100 square miles, the Cobre Valley is home to a number of water uses, natural resources, and human communities. Water resources have historically been managed separately; however, water scarcity and legal determinations on the horizon make it more necessary than ever for these communities and water users to: 1) agree on the status of water resources in Cobre Valley, and 2) establish priorities for their management and coordination.
A watershed-wide approach to resolving water issues has benefits that individual efforts cannot provide. The Small Town Forum will build common understanding about water resources issues, enhance regional decision-making capacity, and develop an approach for implementing cooperatively identified next steps.
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