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PLANNING RESOURCES

This page is designed to provide a number of planning resources that may be useful to those planning wastewater facilities, housing projects or other types of land development. Content will be added and updated as new information becomes available.


SEAGO Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan Update 2011 

As mentioned on the Environmental Planning page, the updated 208 WQMP was formally approved by the US EPA Region IX on November 21, 2012. Now that it has been approved by EPA, SEAGO will begin to use the plan for consistency review of all new or significantly modified wastewater facilities with a design flow greater than 24,000 gallons per day.  

Permitted Wastewater Facilities in the SEAGO Region

This information is included as Appendix B to the SEAGO Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan . This appendix is essentially a listing of the public and privately owned, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment facilities in the SEAGO region permitted under either ADEQ's Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) program, the Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) program, or both. The listing shows the name, location and permit number of each facility, as well as a reference column for a county map that shows the general location of each facility. The facility location maps follow the table listing each facility on the first page. The final four pages are a listing of the municipal and publicly owned domestic wastewater treatment facilities in the SEAGO region, and specific information relating to those facilities, such as design capacity and current average daily flow. This information will be updated as new facilities are permitted or existing facilities expanded. 

Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management (GCASE)

Water management is expected to become more challenging in the semi-arid Southwest as climate variability and projected changes increase uncertainties for communities where sustainable water supplies depend on the natural groundwater replenishment. This project will employ a sophisticated modeling framework to address climate uncertainties. It will engage stakeholders to guide the process; and, in addition, will establish transferability of the model framework and development process to other basins in Arizona.  

To discover more about this project, click here . To navigate to the project website, click here.

Arizona Game and Fish Department HabiMap (TM)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has developed HabiMap Arizona - a user friendly, web-based data viewer - to make information contained within the State Wildlife Action Plan available to anyone interested in Arizona's wildlife. HabiMap Arizona puts wildlife data at your fingertips for early planning.

Use HabiMap Arizona to visually explore the distribution of wildlife in Arizona, potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data at a statewide scale. In particular, HabiMap Arizona presents more than 300 layers of data compiled into a single model of conservation potential known as the Species and Habitat Conservation Guide.  

A brochure providing more information on this tool is available for download by clicking here. To use the tool, navigate the web to the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at www.habimap.org


Streamlined General Permits for Minor Discharges of Domestic Wastewater to Waters of the U.S.  

On May 18, 2012, ADEQ issued a streamlined, lower cost General Permit for facilities that discharge minor amounts of wastewater. This permit, known as the General Permit for Minor Discharges of Domestic Wastewater to Waters of the U.S., authorizes discharges of treated domestic wastewater to waters of the United States (U.S.) if specified criteria are met. This general permit is applicable for discharges from facilities that meet the following conditions:

Domestic wastewater treatment plants with a design capacity of less than 1 million gallons per day; and

Facilities which discharge only to waters of the U.S. with the designated uses of Partial-body contact and Aquatic and wildlife ephemeral or Partial-body contact and Aquatic and wildlife effluent dependent water. The designated uses of Agricultural irrigation and/or Agricultural livestock watering may also be included.

All discharges must meet the applicable Surface Water Quality Standards and may not exceed the specified design flow. The permit will be effective for a period of five years from the date of issuance. For additional information, visit ADEQ 

Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services - A Planning and Resource Guide

Rather than presenting theories, this guidebook provides information, worksheets, examples, case studies and resources on water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy resources for small utilities. This planning and resource guide (link is external) includes a step-by-step process for utility decision makers, staff and community members wanting to operate increasingly efficient utilities. It offers a flexible approach to evaluating sustainable alternatives for utility operations. This resource updates and expands on an earlier guide published under the same title in 2009 by one of RCAP's regional partners, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the Western RCAP. To download a copy of this resource guide, click here.   


Renewable Energy Opportunity Analysis Summary Report

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and School of Landscape Architecture and Planning have completed a Solar Opportunity Analysis for Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. This report explains the criteria and methodology, including two 11" x 17" maps at the end of the report showing the results. The maps in the report show the big picture, but the results data is also available upon request. The data files are excellent for focusing on any one particular area in the region because of the high resolution used in modeling the results. This information is free and intended for planners, decision-makers, community organizations, solar developers and anyone else interested in utility-scale solar generation and the opportunities in southern Arizona.

University staff are available to make a presentation of the results of this analysis to any interested group as well as pass along the GIS data with a demonstration on how it can be used in maps or Google Earth. They will also explain how it can be incorporated into city and county plans. To arrange for a presentation or to obtain copies of the modeling data, please contact Mark Apel, Community Resource Development Area Associate Agent, at 520.458.8278 Ext 2181 or mapel@cals.arizona.edu. To download a copy of the Renewable Energy Opportunity Analysis Summary Report, please click here.


Extreme Events Utility Planning Toolkit

In August 2012, the City of Bisbee was selected as a pilot community to test the EPA's Climate Ready Utilities Workshop planning toolkit. The feedback received during the pilot process was invaluable and helped turn the Workshop Planner into a tool that water utilities and the surrounding community can use to adapt to the impact of extreme events.

You can download the Workshop Planner at http://epa.gov/climatereadyutilities. Please e-mail CRWUhelp@epa.gov if you have any questions or require assistance using this tool or any of the Climate Ready Water Utilities resources. If you would like to learn more about the Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative, EPA has recently kicked off a webinar training series on the different tools and resources they offer. See the "Training Schedule" tab on the above website to register for any of the listed webinars.