Registration is being accepted for a three-day, two-night tour of Arizona water resources designed to educate public policy decision makers. The field tour is being organized by a group of agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, with major sponsors the Central Arizona Project, Montgomery & Associates and the Salt River Project. Additional sponsors are Archaeological Consulting Services, Arizona Hydrological Society, City of Yuma, Intertribal Council of Arizona and Gila River Indian Community, Rosemont Copper, Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District, and Yuma Area Water Users. The field tour will run Feb. 16-18.
The organizers say "Arizona is a microcosm of the water resources issues facing the arid West. How agencies within the state are dealing with drought, groundwater management, surface water distribution and conservation, and the needs of urban, agricultural, rural and environmental communities will be discussed."