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County water group mulls two new studies Wednesday

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee will consider paying for two new studies Wednesday.

One study would help water resource managers get a better handle on how much groundwater is in storage in the Big Chino and Verde Valley.

The U.S. Geological Survey proposes to monitor changes in gravity as a way to measure change in groundwater storage levels. Researchers would set up six sites in each region and monitor them for three years, at a cost of $60,000.

USGS officials said this new information would help them create a more accurate groundwater computer model of the watershed.

The other study would be a continuation of ongoing Northern Arizona University research on the Middle Verde River flows, and how they change with irrigation diversions.

The extra $35,000 would allow NAU to measure more of the river and large ditch diversions, and create a hydraulic flow model by May 2010.

Wednesday's meeting starts at 2 p.m. at the county administration building at 1015 Fair St. in Prescott.

The committee also will discuss its mission, educational outreach efforts and water management strategies.

And it will talk about an informational series of questions and answers it is producing.

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