Geology and Hydrology of Kartchner Caverns and their Relationship to the Vigneto Development

El Dorado Holdings’ proposed Villages of Vigneto development for the Benson area has raised concerns about how groundwater pumping for it might affect Kartchner Caverns State Park.  This report by Mick Meader of the CCA documents the geological and hydrological relationships between the park and the development.  While one cannot say definitively whether the development would affect the caverns, the potential for a hydrological connection between the two areas exists.  Determining the extent of any Vigneto effect and its significance would require hydrological modeling that is unlikely to be done, however.

Download the report here.