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Meetings and Activities > 2009-12-04 Water Committee Meeting Hermosillo

2009-12-04 Hermosillo- Photos

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Presiding at the Water Committee meeting.
(Left to right) Bruce Hallin Acting Cochair for the Salt River Project; Herb Guenther-Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources; Renato Ulloa-Director of Sonora Water Commission; Octavio Parra-President of the Yaqui River Irrigation District.

Presiding at the Water Committee meeting.
(Left to right) Enríque Martínez Preciado-Director of Sonora Water Commission; Octavio Parra-President of the Yaqui River Irrigation District; Herb Guenther-Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources; and Marc Campbell-Acting Cochair for the Salt River Project.

Approximately 50 individuals attended the Water Committee meeting. They represented water districts, public utilities, academia, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and municipal, state and federal agencies. The co-chairs noted the distinguished attendance of Arizona State Senator Amanda Aguirre.

Bill Ruth (left), the U.S. Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and Roberto Salmón Castelo, Mexico’s Commissioner of the IBWC, provided a status report on priority issues along the Arizona-Sonora border. Commissioner Ruth highlighted the need for significant improvements of storm water management infrastructure at Nogales Wash as well as the International Outfall Interceptor which delivers raw wastewater from Sonora to Arizona at Nogales.

Enríque Martínez Preciado, the Director of Sonora’s State Water Commission (CEA), provided a progress report regarding Sonora’s State Water Resources Plan. He indicated that gradually, water storage and delivery infrastructure projects have been implemented in southern part of the state and will help address water needs in the drier central region. Director Martínez recommended engaging Arizona and Sonora state legislators so they could share their respective experiences on water laws.

Chris A. Scott, an Assistant Professor with the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, summarizes Arizona-Sonora collaboration on the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP). The Arizona-Sonora specific activities implemented under auspices of this U.S.-Mexico program are called ACUAS (Acuíferos de Arizona y Sonora). The work is also being performed in coordination with a United Nations’ effort for transboundary aquifers around the world.

Lucas Oroz from Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA) describes the San Pedro River Basin and the Santa Cruz River Basin and summarizes ongoing collaboration in support of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP).

Antonio Cruz, Director of Hydroagricultural Infrastructure at the State of Sonora Water Commission, delivered a presentation describing flooding issues at the Los Alamitos Wash in Agua Prieta, Sonora. The Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Water Committee adopted a Joint Action Item with the Emergency Management Committee to address the issue.

Hans Huth, a Hydrologist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) Office of Border Protection delivers a presentation about problematical contaminants that have been detected in wastewater entering the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant. An Action Item was adopted jointly by the AMC Water Committee and the AMC Environment Committee to address the issue in coordination with the IBWC.