Southeast Arizona Citizens Forum presents project update at public meeting

Karen C. Riggs, Cochise County special projects engineer, presented at the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission’s public meeting of the Southeast Arizona Citizens Forum (SACF). At the March 21 meeting held in Sierra Vista, Ms. Riggs detailed the history of the county’s recharge projects and presented plans for development. The current project, Bella Vista/Coyote Wash Urban Enhanced Runoff Recharge, is being funded by a $550,000 grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The project design is expected to be completed by March 1, 2020. Cochise County has been an innovator in using stormwater recharge to benefit the San Pedro River near Sierra Vista since 2014.

To view the presentation Ms. Riggs delivered at the SACF meeting, visit the International Boundary and Water Commission website.

Purpose

The purpose of the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN) is to implement a regional network of water-management projects that meet the long-term needs of the Sierra Vista Subwatershed.

Vision

The vision of the CCRN is a flowing San Pedro River, the conservation of water resources, and a vibrant local economy.

Member Organizations

The CCRN was formed in 2015, and includes Cochise County, the City of Sierra Vista, The Nature Conservancy, Hereford Natural Resources Conservation District, and the City of Bisbee.