Hualapai Water Resources
Hualapai Water Resources is a program within the Hualapai Department of Natural Resources (HDNR). The main purpose of Hualapai Water Resources is to maintain and preserve the surface and ground water resources of the Hualapai Tribe for current and future generations. This is accomplished through monitoring and assessment of the water quality and the quantity of surface water (natural springs), ground water and the Colorado River which is the northern boundary of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. These efforts ensure that the quality of waters on Hualapai Lands are within acceptable limits of our Hualapai Water Ordinance and EPA approved water quality standards.
Challenges facing the Water Resource Program include the search for regular and consistent funding to address the ever increasing pressures of growth and development. Climate change impacts (drought) in the arid southwest cause extreme weather conditions that includes: in the winter prolonged freezing temperatures, wet snow, dry snow and rapid warming. In the summer we experience prolonged hotter, drier spells, increased wildland fires, strong wind conditions, extreme monsoonal rainfall and associated major flash flood events. The lack of recharge to ground water and depletion of aquifers in the region pose real threats to the water resources on the Hualapai Reservation.
The Hualapai Water Resource Program continues to build the capacity of tribal member staff through federal Trust representatives - Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A.), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other university and private organizations; such as Indian Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), Project WET and Intertribal Council of Arizona (ITCA).
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