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Prescott Valley council to review report on safe yield

A report from a regional Verde River watershed coalition recommends the formation of an entity with more teeth.

However, the 25-page final report from a work group of the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition advised against creating a water authority, concluding it "is not a good fit for the current regional needs."

Noting Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley have their own water departments while the unincorporated area lacks water infrastructure, the report concluded a one-size-fits-all authority is not a "reasonable alternative" for the region.

Instead, the report calls for forming a replenishment district to reach the goal of safe yield within the Prescott Active Management Area, which includes Prescott Valley and Prescott. The Arizona Department of Water Resources previously set the goal of the AMA reaching safe yield - recharging as much water into the aquifer as is withdrawn - by 2025.

The proposed replenishment district would replace the coalition, and require legislation and an election as an Arizona public improvement district, according to the report.

The district, if created, would manage groundwater recharge and replenishment, as well as water conservation programs, the report stated.

The report went before the coalition's board March 24. The Prescott Valley Town Council, which is a party to the coalition, plans to listen to a presentation of the work group when the council meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the library auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

The council takes no action during its work-study meetings but gives direction to staff.

Other discussion items on the agenda are:

• A proposed agreement for engineering and architectural design services for the multiuse path project at Mountain Valley Park.

• A proposed intergovernmental agreement with the Yavapai County Flood Control District.

• A proposed agreement with CDS Global for outsourcing the utility bill lockbox.

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