Letter to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors Regarding the BLM’s Water Right Claim for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)
In November 2016 the Department of Justice submitted the BLM’s water right claim for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area to the Gila River Adjudication Court, causing Cochise County Supervisor Patrick Call great concern. Supervisor Call, who gave a deposition to the court for the county regarding the claim, alerted the Sierra Vista Herald to what he felt was an outrageous request and broadcast personal statements condemning it. Some of these statements were exaggerations, meant to inflame the public against the BLM. Mr. Call did not explain how the BLM determined its claim, the various categories of the claim, and what the water use actually meant. CCA Conservation Committee Chair and Co-President Mick Meader responded to Mr. Call’s campaign against the BLM by writing to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors to address these issues. You may download Mick’s letter at this link.