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AVCA Negotiates Agreement to Add Local Conservation Benefits to Sierrita Pipeline Project

 

On June 2, 2014, the Alliance signed an agreement with Sierrita regarding the Sierrita Lateral Pipeline Project in the Altar Valley. The Alliance has agreed to withdraw opposition to the Project, and Sierrita has agreed to provide the Alliance with significant financial resources to aid in valley-wide projects, including direct support of watershed-wide restoration of the Altar Wash floodplain and its tributary systems. The Alliance feels that its resources are better spent pursuing positive conservation projects for the good of the Altar Valley watershed rather than protracted legal battles. This settlement agreement does not waive any of the Alliance’s rights to subsequently publicly challenge Sierrita with respect to any failure by Sierrita to abide by any of the applicable conditions and requirements set forth in permits and approvals for the Project; and the Alliance has executed the settlement agreement with the express understanding that its continued participation in discussions with permitting entities and other interested persons regarding measures to mitigate the impact of the Project will not be deemed to be a violation of the settlement agreement.To read the Alliance’s full press release, click here.

Altar Valley Community Meeting

We hope you’ll join us for the Altar Valley Community Meeting on May 28th.  For more info, click here.

Please Join Us!

The Altar Valley Conservation Alliance invites you to attend a field evaluation workshop for the Elkhorn/Las Delicias Demonstration Project.  Click here for the attached invitation.  The workshop will be held on January 31, 2014 from 9:30 am t0 3 pm, at the project site. The project was installed in January 2012.  It showcased the planning, installation and monitoring of watershed restoration practices in arroyos and associated uplands over an approximately 1,500 acre project site.  A generous grant of $50,000 from Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Mines Foundation provided the base for funding the project.  Match contributions and the donation of time and energy from partners brought the total invested in the project to over $200,000.

Happy New Year 2014!

Wishing all of you a wonderful start to 2014!

Click here for a recap of Alliance activities in 2014.

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

Click here to view a video put together by Doug Canfield with the US Fish and Wildlife Service about the creation of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan in Pima County.

PR 262 Altar Valley Watershed Restoration

Pima County’s Bond Advisory Committee is working to narrow down a field of proposals for a future bond election, including one to heal the Altar Wash, also known as the Brawley Wash. The severe encroachment of the Altar Wash begin in the early 20th century. The floodplain area was a travel and trade route. A major flood occurred when the Aguirre Lake breached.

The Altar Wash is now 20 miles long, 20 feet deep and 1500 feet wide in places. During rain events, high velocity water and heavy sediment loads surge out of the valley instead of recharging aquifers and supporting the microhabitats on which the region’s native species depend. Head-cutting in uplands and the erosion of banks along the main wash work destructively in tandem to vacate hundreds of acres of viable habitat. For more about the wash and its impacts in the Altar Valley, click here.

The Alliance recently wrote a letter encouraging support for the bond project, which you can read here.

Pima County Bond Survey

Pima County’s Bond Advisory Committee is working to narrow down a field of proposals for a future bond election, including one to heal the Altar Wash, also known as the Brawley Wash. The severe encroachment of the Altar Wash begin in the early 20th century. The floodplain area was a travel and trade route. A major flood occurred when the Aguirre Lake breached.

The Altar Wash is now 20 miles long, 20 feet deep and 1500 feet wide in places. During rain events, high velocity water and heavy sediment loads surge out of the valley instead of recharging aquifers and supporting the microhabitats on which the region’s native species depend. Head-cutting in uplands and the erosion of banks along the main wash work destructively in tandem to vacate hundreds of acres of viable habitat. For more about the wash and its impacts in the Altar Valley, click here.

In the seven years since voters approved a Pima County held bond election , the Bond Advisory Committee asked the community to submit projects. More requests came in than Pima County can fund in a future bond election and narrowing down the list for a future election will be extremely difficult. To let the Bond Advisory Committee know that the Altar Wash is an important proposal, take their survey. The “Altar Valley Watershed Restoration Project” appears on the second page and is the Altar Wash proposal.

Make your voice heard about the Sierrita Lateral Project!

A comment period closes on April 15, 2013.  (More info & ideas on what to say: click here.)  However, the docket is always open, so feel free to share your comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at any time.  If you’d like to learn more about the project, go to www.altarvalleyaction.com.

Save the Date! Annual Community Meeting: May 20, 2013

AVCA’s annual Community Meeting will be held on May 20, 2013 at the King’s Anvil Ranch.  More info here.

Save the date: Spring Fire Meeting on March 22, 2013

AVCA will be hosting our Spring Fire Meeting on March 22, 2013.  More info here.

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