About Us

Formation of the UAFWP. The Upper Agua Fria Watershed Partnership (UAFWP) grew out of the Water Study Committee of the Big Bug Economic Development Alliance in early 2000.  During the same period the AZ Department of Water Resources began encouraging rural areas to form grassroots regional watershed groups to function as water study and management units outside the Active Management Areas (which are mostly urban).  Watershed groups were encouraged to develop their own water management plans suitable to their own areas.  Input from local citizens and stakeholders is considered critical to ensuring that a suitable strategy emerges.    There are now 17 rural watershed groups in the state.

Open Meetings. The UAFWP holds monthly open meetings every first Tuesday, 10 am, usually at Arcosanti.

Funding.  The UAFWP was awarded a grant of $25,000 in 2000 and another $25,000 in 2001 by the AZ Department of Water Resources through the AZ Rural Watershed Initiative to research watershed issues in our area.  Future funding is also anticipated when the state budget is healthier.

Stakeholder Workshops.  The UAFWP conducted a stakeholder workshop on October 16, 2000 and identified four focus areas for study and clarification: Water Quantity, Water Budget, Water Quality & Water Rights.

Additional workshops were held June, 2008 to develop a Vision statement, a Mission Statement and goals for the UAFWP.  These workshops were sponsored by the Prescott National Forest and facilitated by Tahnee Robertson of Southwest Decision Resources


Water Quality. The UAFWP is also active in dealing with water quality issues such as illegal chemical dumping and “junk” dumping (people dumping their personal trash in or near the washes & creeks).  The Arizona Department of Environ-mental Quality (ADEQ) has been particularly helpful in water quality issues and education. The UAFWP has received a $5000 matching grant from ADEQ to help remove the junk from the Big Bug Creek from Cordes Lakes to the Aqua Fria River.  The UAFWP, in association with local community organizations and residents has cleaned up about 250,000 pounds of trash from the landscape surrounding Mayer, Spring Valley and Cordes Lakes, Arizona.

Water Testing.  ADEQ has also held “Surface Water Quality Training Workshops” for students and residents in our region.  Two hands-on workshops were conducted in the Agua Fria River in April and in August, 2002.  A third workshop was held October 26, 2002.