We have the best-managed aquifer in the state, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, thanks to years of hard work by local leaders. But serious threats to both our water rights and supplies are an ongoing reality that cannot be ignored.
Litigious environmental organizations continue to sue Fort Huachuca and local developers because they say there is not enough water for both local residents and the San Pedro River. And now the Bureau of Land Management is claiming that most of the water in our area belongs to them as a Federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
There are few people in our community who have dedicated the kind of time and commitment demonstrated by Pat Call to meet the serious challenges surrounding local water issues. Always at the forefront of efforts to protect our water, Pat has the experience not only required, but absolutely necessary, to stand up to those who use water to try and shut down Fort Huachuca and our community.
- For more than 20 years Pat has been a member of the Upper San Pedro Partnership Advisory Commission, and currently serves as its chair.
- He is the part-time Executive Director of The Cochise Water Project (TCWP), a non-profit organization established to promote water efficiency in the Sierra Vista sub-watershed. The organization’s direction, efforts and programs are overseen by a board of directors, made up of area stakeholders representing education, private businesses, non-profits, and the public sector. TCWP provides grants to residents and commercial entities for high efficiency toilets, rainwater harvesting systems, and artificial turf. It has also helped fund smart water irrigation projects at local golf courses, parks and ball fields. Since it was founded four years ago, TCWP has helped save more than half a billion gallons of water.
- During his tenure Pat has been a Governor’s Appointee to a number of statewide water commissions, to include Arizona’s Water Resources Development Committee.
- Pat was instrumental in establishing the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network, a coalition of the City of Sierra Vista, Cochise County, The Nature Conservancy, the Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District, and the City of Bisbee. This local group is responsible for moving our unique, regional aquifer recharge projects forward by using storm water and reclaimed effluent. Two major and award-winning projects have been completed at this point.