C.C. Cragin Reservoir: Fire-threatened reservoir a marvel of water-storing technology
Sometimes, events come at you fast.
On Thursday, April 26, a senior water-rights analyst for Salt River Project, Sharon Morris, presented a scheduled tutorial on a unique reservoir in the pine country of northern Gila County for an assembly of Arizona Department of Water Resources employees.
Strictly in terms of aesthetics, it is the perfect time to skim several hundred feet over Arizona’s oldest water-delivery system -- the two series of dams and reservoirs operated by the Salt River Project that provide the Valley with its largest supply of in-state surface water.
The air – sparkling and clear between February storms -- is satisfyingly crisp. The landscapes are verdant from the abundance of moisture unleashed this winter on Arizona’s mountainsides. It’s poised for a magnificent bloom of spring wildflowers that now is just a week or three away.