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At-Risk Waters Workshop
Southwest Region, May 1, 2008
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The Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council's (CPWAC) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received a grant from the Arizona Water Institute to identify and prioritize at-risk water resources on the Coconino Plateau.  Water resources may be at risk from climate change, land management changes, surface-water or groundwater use, contamination, and other threats.  The TAC organized a workshop and invited participants to assist in identifying key sites and reviewing scoring and risk criteria related to the ecological, cultural, historical, and scientific values associated with water resources on the Coconino Plateau.  The workshop was held on May 1, 2008, at the Museum of Northern Arizona and approximately 60 people participated.  The resulting information from the workshop will be used to assist with development of the Bureau of Reclamation's feasibility study for supplying water to north-central Arizona and will contribute to the Arizona Department of Water Resources' water atlas.  In addition, the TAC is confident that the process used to identify and prioritize at-risk water resources will be a useful tool for other entities embarking on long-term water use planning processes.  Fish and Wildlife Service staff from the Flagstaff Suboffice were involved in all aspects of the grant writing, critieria development, and workshop planning and implementation.    

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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