BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave County Water Authority members will hear updates on legislative and lobby efforts in addition to reports on other Colorado River mainstem water issues.

Board members meet at 11:30 a.m. today at Laughlin Ranch, 1360 William Hardy Drive.

Members will discuss and take possible action on an extension of contract with Law Offices of Maureen Rose George, P.C. for future legal services to MCWA through September, as well as a $60,000 extension of contract with HighGround Inc., for lobbying services in 2018-2019 on behalf of the water authority. 

In addition, members will take possible action on the appointment of a successor to George to represent Mohave Water Conservation District, MVIDD, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and MCWA on the Multi-Species Conservation Program Steering Committee beginning Oct. 1.

Members also will consider a motion to approve $25,000 to the law firm of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite for their representation of MCWA in its objection to the Town of Quartzsite/Central Arizona Water Conservation District 2018-2019 proposed water transfers.

Also on the agenda are updates and discussion on the current levels of Lake Mead and Lake Powell, updates to the Drought Contingency Plan and DCP Plus, Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District’s proposed water transfer from Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, and additional shortage year and long-term supplies. 

Members also will hear updates on Arizona Department of Water Resources issues including budget, state-wide water planning including the Northwest Basin Planning Area, Governor’s Water Augmentation Council and Governor’s Water Conservation. 

MCWA is comprised of representatives of the governing boards of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, City of Kingman, Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, Golden Shores Water Conservation District, Mohave Water Conservation District, all of which had a fourth, fifth or sixth priority mainstream Colorado River contract with the Department of the Interior for municipal and industrial use.  Mohave County was added as a member during the legislative lobbying process though it does not have a Colorado River contract.   

The board meets quarterly on a rotating city basis. The next meeting is Sept. 11, in Lake Havasu City.

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