The ultimate determining factor on the viability of human settlement in Grand County is the availability of water. The complexity of water rights in the State of Utah, the number of agencies and districts involved and the current incomplete information (studies in progress) make this issue one which needs close and immediate attention.
As a council person I will make this one of my top priorities. We must insure that any water management plan approved today or in the future is based on qualified research and verifiable fact. This means:
· Knowing current potable water flow (acre/feet) available from aquifers serving the Moab Wells (Glen Canyon Mill Creek Subsystem and to some extent the Grandstaff Creek subsystem) and balance of Grand County (LaSal Mountain Upper Alluvium System which serves Pack Creek and Mill Creek aquifer subsystems.)
· Ascertaining the current daily (including peak tourist season) usage levels of the City of Moab and Grand County and translating it to acre/feet of annual usage.
· Becoming educated as to historic aquifer flow (acre/feet) compared to present and future water flow which is negatively affected by declining precipitation.
· Projecting a workable cut-off point for further approval of water taps for irrigation or development in the greater Moab Valley to insure our water is not “over-sold”.
· Monitoring the current groundwater management plan being studied by Grand County, the City of Moab and the Utah Division of Water Rights.
· Working with San Juan County to ensure the same objectives and outcomes are common to both Counties.