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8/7/2012 8:03:00 AM
Q & A with County Supervisor candidates: water
Courtesy the Daily Courier


Question: How can the Board of Supervisors deal with water issues?

District 1 candidates:


Kelly Cordes (R)


"The board is going to have to be in very close contact with the governor and the legislators and see, on a statewide basis, what can be done to solve our water problems," Cordes said.

John Hanna (R)

"The fallacy that the Board of Supervisors and the county have anything to do with water is the biggest joke there is," Hanna said. "The county does not have anything to do with water. That's controlled by the state."

Bob Luzius (R)

"We've got the WAC (Water Advisory Committee), but decisions really can't be made, because it's by consensus and one person can hold up any good work," Luzius said. "The WAC needs to be changed."

Lucy Mason (R)

"There's no single answer for handling our water issues here," Mason said. "Lots can be done - conservation is important...reclamation, capturing rainwater, storage and recharge. I want to know more about (the science behind) that."

Rowle Simmons (R)

"I just would keep the ship in the direction it's going now," Simmons said. "This particular board has done a really good job of coordinating with the local communities."

District 2 candidates:

Alan "Buck" Buchanan (I)


"We need to see that pumping of any water from the upper Verde River doesn't leave the existing water users to lose their water. We need to protect the people that are here," Buchanan said.

Scott "Wild Wes" Lance (Other)

"Proper planning, I would say, would be one thing. Are we wasting water in the county?" Lance asked.

John McReynolds (R)

"(The board) will have to work with different entities to make sure that the water doesn't leave the county," McReynolds said, and "we need to conserve water and protect the Verde watershed."

Martin Pangburn (R)

"I want to rely heavily on what scientific research is telling us, and put those things into practice instead of just assuming that (we know) what should happen," Pangburn said

Tom Thurman (Incumbent, R)

"I believe there are ways we can handle this," Thurman said. "Through creating legislation that new homes would have to curtail a lot of landscaping, I think we can do a lot of gray-water use."

District 4 candidates:

William Blankemeier (R)


"I believe we have to be responsible for keeping our water monitored," Blankemeier said. "When it comes to replacing groundwater, we have to (look at) different ideas...such as water reclamation from runoff and other ideas that are being experimented with."

Craig Brown (R)

"The water issue is widespread, its in the entire county," Brown said. "We have to address it from a large perspective...because we're going to have to be talking about augmentation (of groundwater), and a substantial amount of funding will be needed."

Walter Burcham (R)

"That's at the state level," Burcham said, "but that's doesn't mean we can't be at the state level, lobbying our legislators...we need to find a way to increase our (ground)water recharge."

Dick Busby (R)

"The only thing the Board of Supervisors can do is create a coalition of people to lobby that state legislature to get them to give us more water power," Busby said. "The board's hands are tied. It's not one of the 64 duties given to the supervisors by the state legislature."

Lynn Duke (R)

"The board can work with the legislators and the Department of Water Resources and the governor's office in order to work toward getting us to reach safe yield," Duke said.

Gary Warren (R)

"The county really doesn't have a huge say in that, because it's all dictated by state statute," Warren said. "But there is a role to play: they have to be a part of the talks with the water groups...and give whatever input they can give the state."

District 5 candidates

Jack Smith (R)


"It can deal with the management of water issues as an advisory board...so we can safeguard this natural resource," Smith said. "From a management standpoint, to make sure we're doing our due diligence and putting the water back."

Bill Williams (D)

"To this day, I am firmly of the belief that we don't know how much water is in the Big Chino aquifer," Williams said. "So what I would do, as a county supervisor, is press the appropriate people to determine how much water is there."

Harold Wise (R)

"A strong facilitator role, working with the state," Wise said, "and not to let Maricopa (County) drive what happens up here and not to let the federal government get involved and mandate something on. We need to work with the legislature to let them know our needs."

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