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ATTENTION TRIBAL MEMBERS
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Conservation Efforts Bolstered Via Major Contribution From Colorado
First In The Nation Agreement
(PARKER, AZ.) At a time of increased concerns about drought and western water levels, the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Tribal Council announced today that it approved an agreement with the Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation to fallow land on the Reservation and make the conserved water available for storage in Lake Mead. The Agreement provides an economic benefit to the Tribes and establishes the feasibility of making first priority tribal water available for other uses within the Colorado River system.
Upon signing the agreement, CRIT Tribal Chairman Dennis Patch stated, “We are pleased to make this contribution back to the River. We are hopeful that this Pilot Program will pave the way for greater economic return to the Tribes so that we can improve the efficiency of our irrigation project and maintain our agriculture lands while using even less water.”
In 2014 the Department of the Interior and the major water users in the Lower Basin—Metropolitan Water District in California, the Central Arizona Project, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Denver Water—created a pilot program to fund short-term projects to evaluate the effectiveness of different conservation efforts. This is the first agreement under this program involving a tribe with decreed water rights on the main stem of the Colorado River.
The Colorado River Indian Tribes have the first priority water right in the Lower Basin of the Colorado River dating from the establishment of their reservation in 1865. The Tribes have the right to divert 662,402 acre-feet per year for use in Arizona and 56,846 acre-feet per year for use in California.
CRIT Vice-Chairman Keith Moses added, “Despite the limited water supply in the West, population growth is expected to surge in the coming years. We hope that this successful partnership demonstrates the important role of Tribal Governments in restoring the health of our ecosystems and water supplies. We look forward to working more with state and regional leaders to realize long-term water sustainability for all.”
CRIT Tribal Secretary Amanda Barrera also lauded the news, “Today’s announcement marks the first step for CRIT as we take charge of our water resources. We must continue to find more and better ways to leverage our water rights and utilize them as an asset for future generations,” she said.
The System Conservation Agreement that was signed by the Tribes and the Bureau of Reclamation calls for CRIT to receive payments to fallow 1,591 acres for one year, with options for a second and third if the program receives additional funding. This amounts to approximately 2% of the currently irrigated land and about 1% of the irrigable acreage on the Reservation.
While this is the first
agreement to fallow land within the Arizona portion of the reservation, it is
not the first time CRIT has entered into an agreement to fallow land for the
purpose of water conservation. CRIT has been fallowing reservation land
within the Palo Verde Irrigation District for about ten years. Fallowing of the
land will not only benefit the water system on the Colorado River, but the land
will also receive an overdue rest needed to restore its vitality.
Attention Tribal Members: Please Update Your
Addresses with the CRIT Enrollment Office.
The Career Development Office is currently taking Higher Education and AVT applications for the 2017/2018 terms
The Higher Education Program is designed for students pursuing an Associate (Arts or Science), Bachelors, and Masters or Doctorate degree. Qualified candidates will attend a community college or university. The deadline to submit paperwork is June 30, 2017.
The Adult Vocational Training (AVT) Program is designed for students pursuing a Certificate, Diploma, or an Associate of Applied Science degree. Qualified candidates will attend a trade school or community college that offers certificate programs. The deadline to submit paperwork is June 30, 2017.
Direct Employment (Job Enhancement) program pays for training that will enhance your current job. Relocation expenses are also available to newly hired tribal members moving out of the area. Please contact for further information. Applications are accepted year round and as funding is available.
Youth Services is designed to help with graduation expenses, boarding school allowance/travel, camps, leadership conferences. Applications are accepted year round and as funding is available.
Incentive Bonuses: Currently funded Higher Education/AVT students who make Dean’s/Presidents list and Adult Vocational students who have perfect attendance are eligible for a cash bonus. (First come first serve basis, please call for more information.
Must be currently funded, be considered a sophomore in your degree progression,
in good standing with the college
and maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher. Funding is limited and available as first
come first serve. Please call for more details.
Fawn Tahbo, Director
Merial Scott, Administrative Asst.
Parker AZ 85344
928-669-5548 Main #
928-669-5570 Fax #
The application process can be approximately 4-6 weeks to complete; therefore, it is important to begin immediately. Incomplete/late applications will not be accepted. If you should have any questions regarding the process, please contact our office.