The Yuma County Water Factsheet is now available! As the tenth installment in the WRRC’s Arizona Water Factsheet series, this concise resource outlines how Yuma County’s proximity to the historical floodplains of the Lower Colorado and Lower Gila Rivers, advancements in agricultural efficiency, and high priority entitlements to Colorado River water have allowed a prominent agricultural industry to thrive in some of the most productive soils found in Arizona. The Factsheet also provides a general overview of the county’s water supply and demand, sustainable water management strategies, and a profile of the regulatory context that determines potential future impacts related to continued drought and reductions to Colorado River water.
The Yuma County Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) helped provide local insight to contextualize existing water-related data. For Yuma County, the formation of the TAC was led by Russ Engel, University of Arizona Yuma County Cooperative Extension Director and Meghan Scott, Attorney at Noble Law and included representation from Yuma County, the Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma County Water Users Association, and Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation District. Additional municipal, academic, and federal stakeholders outside the TAC provided input for the Factsheet, reflective of their deep local knowledge about the county’s water resources and management.