Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Big Chino water fight expected to continue through the summer
The hearing over Prescott and Prescott Valley's plans to build a 30-mile pipeline to import water from Big Chino valley [right, credit City of Prescott] is going to continue well into the summer based on what I read in a story in the Prescott Daily Courier.
The consultant for the opponents said groundwater would drop 600-700 feet after 100 years, but the city's consultant testified the drop would be about 520 feet in that time frame.
There was apparently much debate of a U.S. Geological Survey report by Laurie Wirt, that estimated 80-86% of the flow in the Upper Verde River Springs comes from the Big Chino. Opponents to Prescott's plans argue that pumping the Big Chino will draw down the Verde River source.
at 7:55 PM