MVIDD to discuss participation in water conservation programs

October 2, 2018

MOHAVE VALLEY — Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District board of directors will host discussion on participation in drought contingency planning, including intentionally created surplus programs.

Intentionally created surplus water is water conserved in Lake Mead by a Colorado River contractor under the terms of a forbearance agreement. The agenda item is discussion only and no legal action will be taken.

Board members will meet in regular session beginning at 4 p.m., Tuesday at Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, 1460 E. Commercial St.

Members also will host discussion and possibly take action to approve Resolution 2018-07 to designate Charles “Chip” Sherrill, MVIDD board chairman, as representative of the district to the Arizona Steering Committee for Lower Colorado River Multispecies Conservation Program.

The program, which extends over 400 miles of the lower Colorado River from Lake Mead to the border with Mexico, works to balance the use of the Colorado River water resources with the conservation of native species and their habitat. The steering committee works with the agency’s program manager to coordinate implementation of the program, including annual work plans and budgets, land and water acquisitions and reports and responses to the U.S. Congress and federal and state regulatory agencies.

Members will consider and possibly take action on a request from Village Estates for a preliminary water allocation extension. If approved, the new extension would expire Nov. 10, 2020.

Board members will discuss and possibly take action to approve the MVIDD annual water use report and to approve the district’s insurance proposal for Nov. 8 through Nov. 8, 2019.

In addition to staff reports on district water use and the Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Water Supply report, members will hear updates on well rehabilitation for Herb Kai Farm and on field preparations for planting for John Kai Farm in follow up to previous requests by the farmers for extensions of time to put contract water to beneficial use. Water allocations not put to beneficial use can be revoked all or in part by the board.

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