CAN I DIG A POND OR OTHER WATER HOLDING STRUCTURE?
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The construction of large water holding structures requires prior approval, and the likelihood of approval will be heavily dependent on the purpose of the project. Written authorization is not required for “the construction of storage dams for watering livestock or wildlife and structures on banks of a watercourse to prevent erosion of or damage to adjoining land if the structure will not divert, retard or obstruct the natural channel of the watercourse or dams for the conservation of floodwaters” - AZ Revised Statute 48- 3613
A “stockpond” has a defined maximum capacity of not more than 15 acre-feet. If interested in developing a pond or other water holding structures, all plans should first be discussed with ADWR and the Gila Water Commissioner.
If interested in constructing an off-river watering hole for wildlife, look into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife “Partners for Wildlife” Program.
The Gila Water Commission has determined that holding ponds are acceptable when associated with drip irrigation systems. To support the installation of drip systems, ‘Environmental Quality Incentives Program’ (EQIP) grants are available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). If you are interested in constructing a holding pond for a drip irrigation system, contact the Gila Water Commissioner or NRCS.
If interested in more information on NRCS EQIP grants, visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/az/programs/financial/eqip/
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