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Comprehensive Watershed Analysis Virgin River and Tributaries Utah, Arizona, Nevada. Western States Water Council November 15, 2007. Virgin River Watershed. 5,900 sq miles, 6 Counties ~200,000 population 85% Public land 67% BLM. August 2006- Study Kick Off.

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comprehensive watershed analysis virgin river and tributaries utah arizona nevada
Comprehensive Watershed AnalysisVirgin River and TributariesUtah, Arizona, Nevada

Western States Water Council

November 15, 2007

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Virgin River Watershed

5,900 sq miles,

6 Counties

~200,000 population

85% Public land

67% BLM

august 2006 study kick off
August 2006- Study Kick Off

First meeting of entire watershed

~70 Participants

  • Floodplain Management
  • Land Use Planning
  • Invasive Species
  • River Function
  • Water Supply

Stakeholder Discussion

Communication/Cooperation needs improvement.

Don’t want just another report.

Need useful tools and information to improve watershed management.

Borders and jurisdictions are barriers to collaboration.

Funding is insufficient to address issues within the watershed.

study components
Study Components
  • Needs Analysis-identify issues with stakeholders, summarize ongoing efforts, reports.
  • Floodplain Management Strategy-integrated strategy, identifies priorities, tools for improved management.
  • Watershed Strategy-objectives and actions to address issues, includes implementation plan.
floodplain management strategy
Floodplain Management Strategy
  • Formulate a Floodplain Management Strategy for implementation by stakeholders in the Virgin River watershed.
  • Key Characteristics
  • Comprehensive
  • Watershed-based
  • Coordinated
  • Consensus-driven
  • Non-structural
  • Implementable
floodplain issues tools
Floodplain Issues/Tools
  • Technical
    • Floodplain delineations
    • Erosion hazard zone delineations
    • Design standards/guidelines
  • Regulatory
    • Floodplain Regulations, Drainage/Erosion hazard ordinances
    • Permitting/Regulatory streamlined processes
    • Land use planning
  • Communication
    • Contacts database
    • GIS database
    • Communication protocols/tools
    • Flood response plans
  • Environmental
    • Watershed/Habitat Management
    • Fire Management
    • Invasive Species Control
    • Environmental compliance – Regional EA/EIS
  • Education
    • GIS database
    • Public education informational materials
    • Community outreach presentations
watershed strategy goals
Watershed Strategy Goals

Established priorities for water resources planning and investment throughout the watershed.

Collaboration to bring programs and resources together and provide integrated solutions.

watershed strategy
Watershed Strategy

Shared Objectives

Actions, Tools, and Resources

watershed strategy outline
Watershed Strategy Outline
  • Watershed Description
  • Watershed Issues
  • Goals/Objectives
    • Management
    • Invasive Species
    • Floodplain management
    • River Function
    • Land Use Planning
    • Water Resources (Quality/Supply)
  • Implementation Plan
    • Actions
    • Costs
    • Schedules
  • Funding Sources
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Communication Plan
  • Tools
  • Floodplain Strategy
  • Tamarisk Toolbox
  • Planning Tools
schedule
Schedule

Interim Report (USACE) – October 2007

Draft Floodplain Strategy – November 2007

Draft Watershed Strategy - December 2007

Agency Coordination –January 2008 – ?

Adopt Strategy/Finalize ????

Study Completion/Final Report – June 2008

questions
Questions
  • Point of Contact:
  • Scott K. Estergard
  • Water Resource Planner
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Los Angeles District
  • 3636 N. Central Ave, Suite 900
  • Phoenix, AZ 85012
  • Phone: 602-640-2004 ext. 242
  • scott.k.estergard@usace.army.mil