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Wakimoto to give presentation on water conference to supervisors

January 5, 2019

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors on Monday will hear a presentation about a water conference held in December.

The presentation will be given by former District 4 Sup. Lois Wakimoto, who attended a recent three-day water conference in Las Vegas. Wakimoto attended the Dec. 12-14 conference of the Colorado River Water Users Association.

At a November supervisors meeting, the board authorized Wakimoto to apply as a member of the CRWUA and attend the December conference.

With about 1,000 members, CRWUA, which was founded in 1945, networks with other water users and holds an annual conference to discuss the future of the Colorado River.

The organization includes representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the federal government

Water from the Colorado River supports about 40 million people for residential, commercial and agricultural needs. Water from the dams also turns hydroelectric turbines providing electricity to several states.

The Southwest has seen a decade-long drought that could lead to cutbacks of water use and shortages. Lake Powell is about at 43 percent capacity while Lake Mead is at about 38 percent capacity.

If Lake Mead water levels drop below 1,075 feet elevation, that would trigger cuts in water allocations downstream. The water elevation level at Lake Mead was 1,081 feet as of December. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicts the lake will drop below 1,075 in 2020.

The board of supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.

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