EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 12, 2022 – Pursuant to A.R.S. § 45-434, irrigation users may irrigate only those acres of land within the Proposed INA which were irrigated at any time during the five years preceding the first date of publication of this notice (October 12, 2022). “Irrigate” is defined in A.R.S. § 45-402 and means to apply water to two or more acres of land to produce plants or parts of plants for sale or human consumption, or for use as feed for livestock, range livestock or poultry.
On June 23, 2022, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors requested that the ADWR Director take “whatever actions available and necessary to designate the Hualapai Valley Groundwater Basin as a subsequent INA."
By letter dated June 24, 2022, the Director indicated that ADWR would review updated modeling and other relevant information, including current and projected drought conditions and receive public comments on whether to initiate designation procedures.
On September 20, 2022, ADWR held a public meeting to present information and receive comments regarding whether the Director should initiate procedures to designate the Hualapai Valley Groundwater Basin as an INA. Based upon hydrologic information and public comments received, the Director signed an Order to initiate procedures to designate the Hualapai Valley Groundwater Basin an INA on October 12, 2022. In the same Order the Director also ordered a Public Hearing to hear evidence both orally and written.
On November 12, 2022, the Department held a Public Hearing and presented the factual data in its possession in support of or in opposition to the proposed subsequent irrigation on-expansion area, pursuant to A.R.S. § 45-435(C).
On December 19, 2022, the Director issued a decision establishing the Hualapai Valley INA. Below is a map of the Hualapai Valley INA.