The City of Prescott and the Town of Prescott Valley met in mid-February to begin crafting a unified approach to water management and conservation to protect future water supplies in the Prescott Active Management Area (PrAMA).
Both parties recognize that overdraft of the aquifer is occurring, and additional water supplies are needed. Accessing those supplies will facilitate balancing the aquifer with proven smart-managed growth policies.
Growth will continue in the region, the group agreed, and must be managed with a broader approach to an overall conservation plan, watershed management, and open space preservation. Both parties are committed to protecting the Upper Verde River watershed for the benefit and enjoyment of all.
Consensus of the group was that new growth should include balanced systems that return more water to the aquifer. Accessing the Big Chino Water Ranch, is a partnership between Prescott and Prescott Valley, and is governed by an agreement between the two municipalities. The Big Chino is a significant asset that must be managed going forward.
Both Prescott and Prescott Valley governments and staff will continue to meet regularly to discuss and refine policies and plans for management in the PrAMA.