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Letter: Dear Mayor, Council

The Mission of CWAG is to protect the Verde River and to achieve a sustainable water supply in the Prescott Active Management Area. The Deep Well Ranch development, as proposed, will increase the overdraft and move away from safe yield. We urge that the development agreement include provisions that minimize the impact on our aquifer. After careful study and consideration of the effects on our water resources and the character of our community, CWAG recommends that the Council:

Retain City control over all water, zoning, and development.

Accept the recommendations of the Planning and Zoning committee with modifications:

Require major reductions to landscape water use.

Significantly modify the highly inappropriate landscaping specifications listed in the Master Plan proposal.

Require that no municipal water be used outdoors for landscape irrigation.

For every new building permit, require landscaping plans and a water budget showing that the proposed landscaping can be supported by a specified (non-groundwater) water source or rainwater harvesting system. Preferably, only drought-tolerant native plants should be used for landscapes.

Require that no wastewater can be recovered and used by the residents, builders, and developers. All wastewater must be permanently recharged to meet the requirements of Proposition 400.

Require that all new construction comply with the EPA WaterSense standards for interior use.

Maintain the ability for the public to participate, as they do currently through public hearings, in all land use decisions.

By adopting the above recommendations, Council will assure that the development will have minimum impacts on the Prescott Active Management Area overdraft and extend the useful life of our groundwater resource.

Gary Beverly

Chair, Education/Policy Committee

Citizens Water Advocacy Group Chino Valley

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