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Environmental Conditions of the Eastern Plateau Planning Area - Arizona Water Protection Fund and Instream Flow Claims

Environmental conditions reflect the impacts of geography, climate and cultural activities and may be a critical consideration in water resource management and supply development.  Discussed in this section is vegetation, riparian protection through the Arizona Water Protection Fund Program, instream flow claims, threatened and endangered species, public lands protected as national parks, monuments and wilderness and unique waters.

Arizona Water Protection Fund Programs

The objective of the Arizona Water Protection Fund Program (AWPF) program is to provide funds for protection and restoration of Arizona’s rivers and streams and associated riparian habitats.  Thirty-two projects were funded in the planning area through 2008.  Many of these were for the purpose of fencing and for stream and watershed restoration.  For a list of projects and types of projects funded in the Eastern Plateau Planning Area through FY 2008 click here.   For a description of the program, a complete listing of all projects funded, and a reference map visit the Arizona Water Protection Fund website.

Little Colorado River Restoration Site

Arizona Water Protection Fund site on the

Little Colorado River

Click to view Figure 2.0-13

Instream Flow Claims

An instream flow water right is a non-diversionary appropriation of surface water for recreation and wildlife use.  Four applications for instream flow claims have been filed in the Eastern Plateau Planning Area, listed in Table 2.0-1.  All applications are currently pending.  As shown in Figure 2.0-13, the length of the instream flow claims for Chevelon Creek and East Clear Creek are extensive.  All claims are located in creeks south of the Little Colorado River.

Table 2.0-1 Instream Flow Claims in the Eastern Plateau Planning Area

Map Key Stream Applicant Application No. Permit No. Certificate No. Filing Date
1 Billy Creek Cartier, David N. 33-94853.0  Pending  Pending 9/14/1989
2 Billy Creek Walker, F. Duane 33-94847.0  Pending  Pending 9/14/1989
3 Chevelon Creek Apache-Sitgreaves Nat. Forest 33-96707.0  Pending  Pending 2/13/2002
4 Clear Creek/East Clear Creek Coconino Nat. Forest 33-90107.0  Pending  Pending 7/29/1985

 

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