Water Policies for the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan

This completely anonymous survey was created by Keep Sedona Beautiful, and is intended to give residents of Yavapai County an opportunity to express their opinions and indicate their priorities regarding the “Water Element” of the update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

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By law the County must include a section in its Comprehensive Plan covering the water, a critical topic in drought-stricken Arizona. The law states that the Comprehensive Plan must include “Planning for water resources that addresses: (a) The known legally and physically available surface water, groundwater and effluent supplies. (b) The demand for water that will result from future growth projected in the comprehensive plan, added to existing uses and (c) An analysis of how the demand for water that will result from future growth projected in the comprehensive plan will be served by the water supplies identified in subdivision (a) of this paragraph or a plan to obtain additional necessary water supplies.”

While this anonymous survey has been devised by Keep Sedona Beautiful, the results will be shared with Yavapai County. This is not a County survey.

Read each item carefully and mark your response based on the choices shown. Completing this anonymous survey should take you no more than 10 minutes.

Do not take this survey unless you are a resident of Yavapai County.

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* 1. I believe the extended drought we are experiencing poses a significant threat to our economic security.

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* 2. Economic growth should not outpace the availability of water supplies.

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* 3. I am concerned about private and municipal wells going dry throughout the County.

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* 4. The County should develop and implement a Water Resource Plan to address water quantity, quality and recycling, as well as wastewater/reclamation.

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* 5. The County should support the use of rate structures and other incentives to encourage efficient use and conservation of water.

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* 6. Long-term water planning should incorporate climate science into projections of future water supply.

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* 7. Surface water and groundwater monitoring should be expanded and the information regularly communicated to the public.

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* 8. Protecting our surface water and groundwater from depletion should be a high priority.

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* 9. Watershed restoration programs that improve wildlife habitat and contribute to an improved water supply should be promoted.

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* 10. The County should protect groundwater‐dependent ecosystems including perennial and intermittent streams, springs, rivers and lakes.

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* 11. To reduce water usage, high water uses such as new golf courses should be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

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* 12. New golf courses should use only reclaimed water to maintain grass other landscaping.

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* 13. County Supervisors should require all new subdivisions and planned area developments to verify an adequate water supply. This can be accomplished only through a unanimous vote of the Supervisors.

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* 14. The County, in partnership with other regional and local governments, should lobby the state of Arizona for more local control over management of water resources.

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* 15. Water impacts from proposed developments should be quantified and made publicly available prior to Planning and Zoning Commission review.

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* 16. The County should develop a Water Conservation Ordinance, and Standards and Guidelines for robust water conservation in new developments and County facilities.

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* 17. The County should provide responsible water resource protection by locating new buildings, roads and county facilities in areas that protect surface water.

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* 18. Proposed developments should conserve and enhance riparian buffers, protect floodplains and require storm water capture.

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* 19. Along with dust control, drainage and maintenance, the County should support alternative paving methods that lessen the negative impacts of surface-water runoff.

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* 20. Yavapai County should educate the public about water sources, water scarcity and water conservation issues.

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* 21. Yavapai County should collaborate with water conservation resource groups to support ways for homeowners and businesses to decrease water use through incentives, education and encouraging native, drought-tolerant landscaping.

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* 22. To ensure adequate water resources for future generations, Yavapai County should promote a stewardship ethic by conducting outreach and education programs that inform residents about sustainable water use.

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* 23. Please enter your zip code. (This information is needed to help us evaluate responses.)

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* 24. If you have any comments or suggestions about water availability, use or quality please enter them here.

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