"What should the District's role be in river management?" The District kicked off the C3RPM (Comprehensive, Coordinated, Collaborative River Planning and Management) initiative in early 2010 to answer that question. After an extensive data collection, alternative development and evaluation effort, the District finalized a list of activities that comprise our recommended "role" in river management
Overall this effort validated that the District should sustain its current programs, services and support in managing rivers within Maricopa County. All current District activities - from planning to regulation to construction of flood control facilities - will continue to be performed as a matter of practice. The effort did, however, identify several opportunities to enhance the overall value of the river systems. Work will begin in 2011 on the implementation of several new activities.
In order of priority, we will be:
- Investigating opportunities in identification and regulation of erosion hazard zones;
- Developing best management practices for river management;
- Seeking opportunities to preserve floodplains, where appropriate, for conveyance and habitat; and
- Providing regional leadership to coordinate and implement watercourse master plans
For more information contact Jen Pokorski at email@example.com.