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Bill Williams River Corridor Steering Committee
Southwest Region, September 30, 2002
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The Bill Williams River Corridor Steering Committee resumed work after a seven year absence. The committee, which met from 1990-1995, made recommendations in 1995 regarding water management at the Corps. of Engineers Alamo Reservoir based on recreational, riparian habitat, and endangered species needs. The committee disbanded in 1995 leaving several important items of unfinished business. The Corps of Engineers, based on recommendations of the committee, re-wrote their Water Control Plan.

The Service and The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. jointly invited the original members of the committee back to the table to address items of mutual interest. The City of Scottsdale, AZ, which owns an 8,300 acre ranch immediately upstream of the Refuge, was included in the new committee.

Objectives of the committee include completing scientific data on hydrology, habitat mapping and establishing permanent elevation transects to facilitate modeling efforts under specific water releases from Alamo Reservoir. Additional issues regarding instream flow rights, reservoir storage rights, adaptive management options, and funding mechanisms are included.

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