Colorado River Proposed Lease & Transfer
On August 2, 2017, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (Department) received a request for consultation on Proposed Lease and Transfer of the Town of Quartzsite’s (Quartzsite) Colorado River Entitlement to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD).
The Town of Quartzsite proposes to lease and transfer 1,070 acre-feet (af) of its Arizona fourth priority Colorado River water entitlement to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (Proposed Lease and Transfer). The water is currently unused by Quartzsite. Under the proposal, the 1,070 af of Colorado River water will be leased and transferred to CAWCD for use in fulfilling the CAWCD’s statutory groundwater replenishment authority and responsibilities. Under the Lease Agreement between Quartzsite and CAWCD, the 1,070 af of Colorado River water is proposed to be leased for an initial term of 25 years with the ability to extend for an additional 25 years.
This Proposed Lease and Transfer would change the "place of use" associated with the existing Colorado River water entitlement. The Department will evaluate the proposed transfer in accordance with the Department’s January 17, 2014, Policy and Procedures for Transferring an Entitlement of Colorado River Water (Colorado River Transfer Policy).
The public is invited to comment on this proposed transfer of a Colorado River entitlement. The Department’s Colorado River Transfer Policy and the transfer documents are available in the links below.
Quartzsite-CAWCD Proposed Lease and Transfer Application
Substantive Policy Statement CR8 - Department’s Policy and Procedures for Transferring an Entitlement of Colorado R
Director’s letter to Secretary Zinke on Proposed Lease and Transfer of the Town
Written Public Comments
The Director of the Department accepted written public comments regarding the proposed transfer. Written public comments will be considered during the Director’s review. The public comment period closed on December 20, 2017. Currently we are 90-day period for the transferring and receiving entities to resolve and mitigate any claims of negative impacts pursuant to the substantive policy statement. The 90-day period expires on April 11, 2018.
Notification Letter to Transferring and Receiving Entities (January 3, 2018)
Quartzsite/CAWCD Response to Public Comments (January 11, 2018)
ADWR Response to Quartzsite/CAWCD Request (January 17, 2018)
CAGRD Response to Public Comments (April 11, 2018)
- Golden Shores Water Conservation District (10/11/17)
- Lake Havasu City (10/11/17)
- Mohave County Water Authority (11/06/17)
- Chad Cane (11/07/17)
- Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District (11/08/17)
- Emma Watson (11/10/17)
- Marilyn McFate (11/10/17)
- Comments received by Governor's office (11/12/17)
- Danny Heaton (11/13/17)
- C Christy (11/15/17)
- K Cargill (11/15/17)
- Lake Havasu City (11/15/17)
- Pulte Homes (11/15/17)
- Robson Communities (11/15/17)
- S Papay (11/15/17)
- Citizen Signatures (11/16/17)
- K Summit (11/16/17)
- Loretta Warner (11/16/17)
- Luke Walters (11/16/17)
- Michael and Julie Moody (11/16/17)
- Rosemary Mays (11/16/17)
- Sabrina Walters (11/16/17)
- Carol Yarbrough (11/17/17)
- Sandy King (11/18/17)
- Justin Waston (11/19/17)
- Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (11/20/17)
- Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce (11/29/17)
- G Bishop (12/06/17)
- El Dorado Holdings (12/06/17)
- R Hall (12/07/17)
- S Hieber (12/13/17)
- S King (12/18/17)
- Danny Heaton (12/20/17)
- Mohave County Water Authority (12/20/17)
- Q Mountain Mobile Home Park (12/19/17)
The Department held three public meetings to receive comments regarding the proposed transfer. Transcripts of these proceedings are available below.
|Meeting Date||Location||meeting materials|
|November 6, 2017||Phoenix
Conference Room 3175
1110 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
|November 9, 2017||Quartzsite Town Hall
465 N. Plymouth Ave
Quartzsite, AZ 85346
|November 13, 2017||City of Bullhead City,
City Council Chambers
1255 Marina Blvd.
Bullhead City, AZ 86442