october 12, 2022 director's order initiating proceedings and order for public hearing
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). This limitation on the acres which may be irrigated shall continue in effect until the Director makes a final determination on the Proposed INA. “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 September 20, 2022 the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) held a public meeting to present information and accept public comments on whether the Director of ADWR should initiate procedures to designate the Hualapai Valley Groundwater Basin as an Irrigation Non-Expansion Area (INA). Below is a map depicting the Hualapai Valley Groundwater Basin. 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, as to the following:
A. Is there an insufficient groundwater supply to provide a reasonably safe supply for irrigation of the cultivated lands in the area at the
current rate of withdrawal? and,
B. Is the establishment of an active management area pursuant to A.R.S. § 45-412 not presently necessary? and,
C. Should the Department issue an Order, designating the area as depicted in Exhibit A, as a subsequent irrigation non-expansion area?
At the hearing, the Department will present 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).
Public Hearing Information
When: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Mohave County Administration Building
700 W. Beale Street
Kingman, Arizona 86401
Any person or authorized representative may appear at the hearing and submit oral or documentary evidence for or against the proposed action. Additionally, written comments not submitted at the hearing described above may be submitted by mail, email, fax, or hand delivery until 5:00 P.M. on November 18, 2022 to:
Arizona Department of Water Resources
1110 W. Washington, Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 771-8472 (phone)
(602) 771-8686 (fax)
Within 30 days after the close of the record for this proceeding, the Director will issue an Order containing his written findings with respect to all pertinent matters considered during the hearing. The record for this matter closed on November 18, 2022.
Order Initiating Proceedings
ADWR Public Hearing Presentation | Public Hearing WebEx Recording | Transcript
Comments received during Formal Public Hearing period
David Seigworth | BSNRCD | Steve & Sharon Rhizor | Diane Metcalf | Marianne Salem | Jake Chavez | Peacock Nuts, LLC | Real Change PAC |
Brian Magee | Mark Yandell | Arizona Farm Bureau | James Jones | Richard & Joanna Mynar | Nick Benson Sr. | Mohave County Development Services |
Edward Swapp | Brian Underwood | Wayne Hollins | Omar & Janette Ponce | Water for Arizona Coalition | Supervisor Jean Bishop | Aileron Investments |
Tony Reed | Mohave County Landowners Association | Cunningham Family | Debra Sixta | High Desert Ag & Aileron Investments | Charlotte & Harry Sangick |
Mike Neal | Rocky Dhaliwal | Malwa Farming | R&R Management | Gary Black | Moga Farming | Moga Agri Industries Holdings, LLC | Kathy Tackett-Hicks |
Vicki Kistler | Kylee Dorsten | Lynn Dion | Steve Dion | James Black | Erik & Dianah Ness | BJ Baerg | Arizona Land & Water Resources | Big Sandy NRCD |
Questions and answers from the informal comment period
Mohave county board of supervisors request
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.
Written comments, not presented at the public meeting, may be submitted in person, by mail, email or by fax by 5:00 p.m. September 30, 2022. Written comments should be sent to:
The Arizona Department of Water Resources
Attn: Sharon Scantlebury
1110 W. Washington, Suite 310
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Email: [email protected]
Provided below is information related to this request
June 23, 2022 Mohave County Board of Supervisors Request to Designate Hualapai Valley Groundwater Basin as an INA
WEL.dat files provided by Mohave County Board of Supervisors
June 24, 2022 ADWR Response
September 20, 2022 Public Meeting Presentation
September 20, 2022 Public Meeting Recording
Written Comments Received
Greg Vandevier | Connie Hulse | Jack Ehrhardt | J'aime Morgain- Real Change PAC | Dale Enlow | Kingman City Council | David and Melissa Wolf |
Sharon Rhizor | Amy Curley | Claude and Nika Saravia | Jasmine Marin | Lisa M Doherty | Carol Carlson | Luis Vega | Supervisor Jean Bishop | Kylee Hill |
Wyatt Madden | Nicholas Couch | Maria Stafford | Stephen Redman | Sandra Duke | Kat Fish | Rhea Magrann | Lee Feldman | H Lee Barnes | Scott McCoy |
Karen Cabrera | Mary Anne Lynes | John Lynes | Laura Steele | Charlotte and Harry Sangick | Shirley Jensen | Aaron Campa | Supervisor Hildy Angius |
X-One Ranch, LLC | Michael Gross | Shirley and Leonard Hafley | Bryan Milam | Paul Gaines | JoEllen and Howard Stevens | James Jones | Holly Swick |
Greg Kelly | Ashley Darden | Amanda Kaufman | Amber Madden | Michael Neal | Richard Zielezinski | Dana Brackett | Brian Bianchard | Jamaica Smith |
John Hicks | Jessica Medina | Kathy Tackett-Hicks | Patrick Cunningham | Oscar Rodriguez | Rocky Dhaliwal | Mohave County Landowers Association|
Arizona Farm Bureau Federation | Mohave County Farm and Livestock Bureau | Big Sandy NRCD | High Desert AG | Scott Dunton | Ed Benton | Jack Newell |
Supervisor Lingenfelter | Charles Iffland | Shawn Gross | George Cook | Mary and Keith Miller | Aileron Investments, LLC | Arizona Land and Water Resources