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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Cochise County Joins the Governor’s Arizona Drought Interagency Coordinating Group

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Cochise County is pleased to announce, two County employees will participate in the Arizona Department of Water Resources Governor's Arizona Drought Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG). As active members of the group, they will take part in discussions to be held in 2022. 

Environmental Projects Coordinator Mark Apel and Deputy County Attorney Kris Carlson will represent Cochise County as part of the ICG, one of the various Arizona Drought Working groups. 

The ICG is an advisory body to the Governor on Arizona drought status, impacts, and any necessary preparedness and response actions. It is comprised of state, federal, and non-governmental organizations; they have met biannually since 2006. The ICG receives monthly short- and long-term drought status reports prepared by the Drought Monitoring Technical Committee and has the opportunity to review the Arizona Drought Preparedness Annual Report each fall. 

“Membership in the ICG will allow Cochise County to contribute to the search for solutions to state-wide concerns regarding depletion of water resources,” says Deputy County Attorney Kris Carlson. “The drought’s effect on Arizona is ubiquitous. We see the impact everywhere we look. Lack of water is impacting everything from “a” to “z” - agriculture to zoning and everything in between. We are pleased to be working with our fellow Arizonans on one of the most serious challenges that our state has faced.”

Mark Apel and Kris Carlson work together on several county environmental projects designed to promote a healthy watershed, flowing San Pedro River, conservation of water resources, and a vibrant local economy. This new endeavor further strengthens their participation and commitment to the overall wellbeing of water resources in Cochise County and Arizona.  

For more information on the Arizona Department of Water Resources drought management and working groups, visit https://new.azwater.gov/drought

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