Beaver Creek Regional Council ~ P.O. Box 939 - Rimrock, AZ 86335 ~ Council@BeaverCreekAZ.org
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Serving the Beaver Creek Communities of Lake Montezuma ~ Rimrock ~ McGuireville of
Water Resource Committee
The purpose of the Water Resources Committee is to participate in research, planning
and coordination of water resources and water use in the Communities of Beaver Creek
and represent Beaver Creek’s position in Verde Valley water initiatives.
COMMITTEES SEEKING ACTIVE MEMBERS
If you have an interest in water resources, the future of our Beaver Creeks and sustainable
water use in the Verde Valley and Beaver Creek, the Water Resource Committee of BCRC
would love to hear from you. Contact Kala Pearson to sign up - Kala_Pearson@BeaverCreekAZ.org
Forums & Workshops
If you would like to sponsor or conduct a forum or workshop on water resources -
adjudication - well and septic care or other water related interest, please contact
the Council at Council@BeaverCreekAZ.org
After nearly a yearlong struggle, the U. S. Geological Survey has found partners
to fund 41 stream gauges statewide, including the bulk of the main ones in the Verde
Valley, that were dropped by the Arizona Department of Resources, due to funding
cuts last October.
Yavapai County Flood Control District has taken over funding for the Clarkdale Gauge,
Granite Creek below Watson Lake, Oak Creek at Sedona and Oak Creek at Cornville.
Salt River Project, which funds 20 gauges statewide, has agreed to fund the Wet
Beaver Creek, Dry Beaver Creek and East Clear Creek and the Verde River gauge below
Camp Verde gauges. ADWR will fund the Del Rio Springs gauge.
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Residents of the Beaver Creek are served by private wells or private water companies
and septic systems or private wastewater treatment facilities. There are private
ditches in the area that are used for irrigation – primarily on ranches and the golf
The Beaver Creek communities are within the Verde River Watershed of which Wet Beaver
Creek, Dry Beaver Creek, and Beaver Creek are important tributaries to the Verde
River. Groundwater in the area is located in subsurface basins composed of alluvial
material or broken sedimentary material and is strongly relied upon to supply potable
water for domestic or commercial use. This reliance is mainly due to existing surface
water agreements with the Salt River Project and because of the ease of obtaining
groundwater water as opposed to surface water.
The subsurface basins (aquifers) are recharged by surface irrigation, rain, wastewater
effluent disposal or by underground flows into the area. The Verde Formation and
Quaternary Alluvial Aquifers (VFQA), flowing southeast and the “Carbonate” Aquifer,
flowing from the mountains to the east generally in a southwesterly direction are
the main aquifers for the area.
Dry Beaver Creek Floodplain Delineation Study
The Yavapai County Flood Control District, in conjunction with Southwestern Environmental
Consultants, Inc. (SEC), is performing a hydraulic modeling project for a portion
of Dry Beaver Creek from the confluence of Wet Beaver Creek to approximately 5 miles
upstream (see Figure 1) within the unincorporated area of Yavapai County, Arizona,
adjacent to the community of Lake Montezuma.
The purpose of the Dry Beaver Creek Floodplain Delineation Study is to identify the
floodplain area of Dry Beaver Creek by performing a detailed hydraulic analysis of
those areas prone to flooding during the 1 and 0.2-percent annual chance (100- and
500-year) storm events. In addition, the basin study will provide guidance to the
County in implementing floodplain management in a logical, cost-effective manner.
Krishan Ginige P.E., SEC Inc.
825 Cove Parkway Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Telephone: 928-634-5889 Ext. 2022
Beaver Creek Floodplain
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Yavapai County Flood Control District ALERT System
Floodplain or Flood-prone areas are areas adjoining the channel of a watercourse
including areas where drainage is or may be restricted by man-made structures which
have been or may be covered partially or wholly by floodwater from the one hundred-year
flood. Floodplain managementprograms exist for corrective and preventive to reduce
flood damage, including but not limited to emergency preparedness plans, flood control
works and floodplain management regulations.
“Better Safe Than Sorry”
Montezuma Rimrock Fire
District for local plan info
Reclaimed Water (Effluent Reuse)
Reclaimed water is wastewater that has been treated to a standard that will allow
its use in irrigation, water features, and golf course lakes. The area has one wastewater
treatment facility built to service the Beaver Creek Preserve development. A future
development, Indian Lakes I has a permit to build a waste water treatment facility.
The reclaimed water from this future facility will be used for landscape and golf
Individual may chose to use gray water collected from showers, washing machines,
and bathroom sinks. There are State guidelines on the use of gray water. Follow
this link for more information: http://www.graywater.net/
A majority of the Beaver Creek community utilize private septic systems which comprise
the greatest amount of wastewater disposal systems in the area. Roughly 90 gallons
of wastewater per day per person (gpcd) is generated. With the more moderate weather.
The difference between the average water production (120 gpcd) and the estimated
wastewater discharge (roughly 85 gpcd in the area) is accounted for by evaporation
and lawn and garden irrigation.
The concentration of septic systems in the Beaver Creek area makes the location of
new well crucial to avoid contamination. A new well must be located at least 100
feet from the nearest septic system.
The Beaver Creek Watershed is located in the Transition Zone between the Basin and
Range and Colorado Plateau regions, centered approximately 80 miles south of Flagstaff.
Three major streams define the watershed: Beaver Creek proper, Wet Beaver Creek to
the south, and Dry Beaver Creek to the north. Combined, they form one of several
Mogollon Rim drainage supplying surface flow to the Verde River. Human communities
have depended on this water for more than a thousand years, dating back to the Sinagua.
Critical water resources, classic hydrology, rich bio diversity and an ancient history
of human settlement make this watershed an irreplaceable resource for education and
The general stream adjudication is a judicial proceeding to determine or establish
the extent and priority of water rights in the Gila River system. Claimants and water
users are joined in these proceedings that will result in the Superior Court issuing
a comprehensive final decree of water rights...more