By Eric Petermann, Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review, April 13, 2016
A $25,000 contribution toward a $50,000 application could generate a $200,000 grant toward the Bella Vista Recharge Project, Cochise County Supervisors learned Tuesday.
Bella Vista is the next project the county is prepared to plan for along the Upper San Pedro River corridor, building infrastructure to capture stormwater that flows from the southwest side of Sierra Vista, and direct it to the river’s aquifer
Two years ago Cochise County completed the Palominas Recharge Project, which is located north of Highway 92 at the Palominas Road intersection.
Acting in their role as the Flood Control District board, supervisors approved a resolution to fund a portion of an application for a grant to conduct an onsite investigation and develop a conceptual plan for the Bella Vista Recharge Project.
Property where the construction and landscaping would take place is currently owned by The Nature Conservancy, which has already committed to contribute $25,000 toward the cost of submitting an application for the federal planning grant.
Karen Riggs, director of the county Highway Department and Flood Control District, said the $200,000 will pay for Phase 2 of the three-phase project, leaving only final plans and construction of the infrastructure remaining to be completed.
Riggs said funding for the county’s share of a matching contribution by The Nature Conservancy will come from existing available funds, including money left over from previous recharge projects.
“Some of this cost will also be provided through in-kind services that we would accomplish as part of this project,�? Riggs said.
She said Bella Vista is in a position to proceed and two other projects — the Riverstone recharge and capturing Bisbee’s wastewater effluent — are on hold for now.