City will hold workshop on water rights, sustainability
by Jacque Garcia
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In an effort to educate residents about water use and sustainability, the City of Moab is holding a water conservation workshop. The event will take place Mon. March 12 at 5 p.m. in the Moab City Council Chambers.

“We have identified key areas of opportunity for greater water efficiency,” said Moab City Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo. “We believe these areas encompass a promising collection of activities that will benefit our community and support a more sustainable future.”

The event will be hosted by a joint effort between the city’s Water Conservation and Drought Management Advisory Board and the Grand County League of Women Voters. The meeting will focus on a broad variety of topics related to water use, including tree and plant selection, irrigation techniques, Moab Area Watershed Partnership projects, water rates, green infrastructure, water right adjudication and local initiatives.

The Bee-Inspired gardens group, the Community Water Challenge contest and updates on construction of the new city water reclamation facility will be discussed.

In addition to offering information on and resources for water conservation, the city and the advisory board hope to address the area’s water sources. Experts will be available to explain where the city’s water comes from. The meeting will also offer a better understanding of the area’s water rights and how Moab can protect them in the face of rapid growth in Grand County and the surrounding areas. The workshop will address current open positions on the advisory board.

In addition to educating residents at the workshop, the city is implementing several initiatives to encourage water efficiency among citizens and businesses alike.

According to Russo, the city will use both community outreach and incentives to create water efficiency requirements in land use planning and building codes in both newly developed and redeveloped properties. The city will also offer free water audits through the Green to Gold business sustainability program.

The audits will offer information on how businesses can decrease their water use. In addition to offering audits, the city hopes to educate citizens on drought-tolerant landscaping and proper outdoor watering methods.

“Outdoor watering accounts for nearly 60 percent of total use during peak summer months,” Russo said.

Businesses interested in a water audit can register online at sustainablemoab.com, email Russo at rrusso@moabcity.org or use the ballot box at Moab City Hall. For information about the advisory board, contact Eve Tallman at etallman@moabcity.org.


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