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- April 11th, 2022 -
URGENT April 12th Deadline for Public Comment on CRITICAL Prescott Water Policy Decisions


APRIL 12 IS THE LAST DAY for comments to council on Draft 2 of the 2022 Prescott Water Management Policy!

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND THEN SEND IN YOUR COMMENT RIGHT AWAY! Go to this link and scroll down to enter your information and comments.

Your comments will influence the decision of the councilmembers on April 26 when they vote. Consider the following talking points as you craft your response:

  1. Urge the council to vote to approve Draft 2 of the proposed 2022 Water Management Policy AND the amendment (Ordinance No. 2022-1787).
  2. Share your opposition to the provision of water services without annexation (WSWA).
  3. Remind the council of the values and positions that resonated with voters and urge them to act in alignment with these.

A "yes” vote on Draft 2 will be one of the most important actions our Prescott City Council will ever make for YOU. Their decision will influence the trajectory of water allocation and GROWTH far into the future.


Read the Water Management Policy and revised ordinance here. 

City Councilmember Cathy Rusing recently highlighted 10 reasons why providing water outside of city limits is NOT in Prescott’s best interest. Read them here.

Gary Beverly in his Special to the Courier stated that “the Prescott Active Management Area (PrAMA) has the highest overdraft percentage in the state.” See his article and chart of the cumulative loss of groundwater at this link.

It has been brought to Save the Dells’ attention that individuals who would stand to benefit from water service without annexation are arguing that providing city water to developments completely outside of the city actually conserves water. This position has been clearly refuted by water experts and is crafted for personal gain. 

In Prescott’s last council election, two out of three Council positions were won by a landslide (the third was won by default). Please remind these members of council that they were elected on platforms of preserving the Dells, transparency in city leadership, sustainable development, and sustainable water usage. Their vote in support of Draft 2 is consistent with the wishes of the voters who elected them.

Water was a HOT TOPIC in the election, and all of these candidates understood the crucial role of water in Prescott’s future. We need them to hold true to their positions and values that resonated so strongly with the voters that elected them.

Draft 2 was developed with transparency, over an extensive period of time, with input from a diverse range of stakeholders. The underlying reality is that in order for Prescott to have a viable and vibrant future, we need to manage our water carefully. As of yet, this is NOT our reality. Our overdraft has increased four-fold over the last 20 years. This makes the adoption of the currently proposed water management policy all the more important.

Again, the deadline for public comment is TUESDAY, APRIL 12th. Please don’t wait–make the call, write the email, submit your comments supporting the currently proposed water policy!

Click Here to Submit Your Comment

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