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Watershed Planning Subcommittee

The Watershed Planning Subcommittee (WPS) meets on the last Monday of a month, approximately four times per year. These meetings include an annual joint meeting with  the Environmental Planning Advisory Committee (EPAC) and a meeting with the Arizona Hydrological Society. WPS is governed by EPAC Bylaws and provides input on EPAC’s Annual Top Environmental Issues list, which guides PAG programs and topics presented at Subcommittee meetings. Water quality issues identified in PAG’s 208 Plan drive WPS meeting topics and the EPAC Top Issues list, in order to enhance regional coordination and planning efforts which address the issues.

The Subcommittee discusses pertinent water-related issues and provides advice to EPAC for regional coordination and planning purposes. For example, WPS may work with PAG staff to draft regional Resolutions and WPS members vote on Amendments to the PAG's Section 208 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan. EPAC reports recommendations to be considered by the PAG Regional Council.  Water-related meeting topics include: water quality issues, stormwater management, wastewater treatment and use, groundwater levels and pumping, riparian ecology, green infrastructure and more.

Members include representatives from jurisdictions and various interest groups, including the University of Arizona and water companies. All interested parties are welcome to attend, participate and suggest pertinent presentation topics. Those interested in participating may contact Mead Mier at mmier@pagnet.org

Other related committees include the Stormwater Management Working Group, the Statewide Water Quality Management Working Group and 208 Planning Task Forces, which are formed as needed to provide a public comment venue.

PAG 208 Plan Update 2019

Under Section 208 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), PAG, as the region’s Designated Planning Agency (DPA), must update the 208 Plan. Federal Regulation 40 C.F.R 130.6 additionally describes that Plans shall be updated as needed to reflect changing water quality conditions and results of implementation actions or new requirements.  Existing and new point sources of pollution must be consistent with the principles and future conditions described in this 208 Plan. The PAG 208 planning process provides a means for stakeholders to engage in regional environmental decision-making and helps create coordination among jurisdictions, while meeting water quality management goals and protecting priority water bodies.

The Draft 208 Plan, plus appendices, total about 150 pages. To simplify your review, please click here to view a summary of the components of the plan, the updated timeiline for draft approval (as of May 2019), and summary of the proposed changes to the last PAG 208 Plan adopted in 2006.

The Draft 208 Plan, including appendices, are listed below:

To keep with our review schedule, please provide your feedback on the comment forms http://www.pagregion.com/documents/water/DRAFT-PAG208Plan2019-CommentForm.docx no later than April 10th. At the March 1 EPAC meeting, PAG will provide a brief announcement on this.

The PAG 208 Plan represents regional stakeholders work in several areas. Therefore, interested parties may want to review the following in particular:

  • The changes to the procedure for a facility to achieve 208 consistency. These were streamlined to be more efficient and effective at achieving regional coordination and water quality benefits;
  • The completeness of the updates to the water quality conditions inventory;
  • Corresponding accomplishments in managing water quality issues across the region;
  • Alignment of the Action Plan’s goals with the goals of local programs in the region that may benefit from related water quality funding;

Please send feedback to Mead Mier, PAG Watershed Planning Lead,  or call 520-792-1093 if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and input.

To read the PAG 208 Plan adopted in 2006 and to view the discussions at meetings during the update process, please visit the 208 page, here.

 

Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study

Through PAG’s public committees, regional stakeholders representing municipal, agricultural, environmental, industrial and tribal water providers, users and others will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study. The Tucson metro area is one of only two regions which were selected by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the three-year climate-model and scenario-planning study, based on strong local water planning efforts already in place to complement the project. Basin Studies are cost-shared, collaborative studies with the goal of identifying where physical water resources are needed to mitigate climate change impacts and improve water reliability for all sectors.

With a study kickoff in March 2016, PAG has been leading stakeholder involvement and the Environmental Sub-team.

Annual Public Meetings
Public meetings are hosted by PAG’s Watershed Planning Subcommittee or Environmental Planning Advisory Committee.

Stakeholder Advisors Team
WPS and EPAC members are invited to become dedicated members of the Stakeholder Advisors Team, which meets at PAG.

04-24-2017 Stakeholder Advisors Meeting

02-26-2018 Stakeholder Advisors Meeting

More Info

To be added to the email list of interested stakeholders and be notified of public meetings, news releases, informational mailings, please contact Eve Halper at  ehalper@usbr.gov.

 

Meeting Info

No meetings or events listed at this time.
 

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